Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Live, work and breathe the city? Yearning to escape the rat race? No time to plan? Well I think I’ve found just the thing to help you along the way.

Vespucci Adventures are a UK outdoor adventure company dedicated to encourage people to experience life outside the city. From day trips to weekends away there is something for everyone.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Named after the 16th century Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci who discovered the Americas and gave the country its name. The company aims to encapsulate the explorers sense of adventure and love of maps and inspire its own customers with their curated, self-guided travel guides.

The trips range from easy day adventures for families or beginners to longer trips to the Highlands or South Downs. There are three different types of adventures – Impulse, which are free to download from their website; Signature, between £20 – 35 and Bespoke, at a cost tailored to your specific needs.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

All the walks, rides and mini adventures which make the itineraries are all tried and tested by the team of curators. In order to guarantee all the activities are possible in the timescale, accessible and easy for anyone to enjoy.

The Signature Adventures are their premium offering, some of which involve overnight stays. Once ordered, adventure packs arrive through the letterbox containing a customised OS map and guide for your experience along with travel, accommodation, points of interest and kit lists. Most importantly the best places for coffee breaks, picnics and pub stops are all included, saving you from time-consuming research.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Recently I was invited to experience one of the Impulse Adventures, designed to provide a fun one day outing with a group of bloggers and journalists. There really is no excuse not to acquaint ourselves with the great outdoors with these free guides. The thought of escaping the hustle and bustle of London yet experiencing an adventure so close to the city – well I was overcome with excitement, so I was. And it went a little bit like this…

MISSION: Canoe down the River Thames from Cookham to Windsor

08:15

Arrived at Paddington Station full of enthusiasm at kicking the office to the kerb for one day. Freedom from the daily grind nearly enough to tip me over the edge, until a cuppa tea appeared and all was calm.

08:43

I boarded the train with a smug smile on face. Thrilled at waving ‘bye’ to London for the rest of the day.

09:23

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Disembarked in Maidenhead raring to go and begin a 7.5km walk to the historic village of Cookham. Once  out of the town centre the walk continues along quiet country paths and onto the riverside path.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Literally walking with my mouth open in awe at some of the seriously impressive and beautiful shoreline homes. It was quite exciting to catch the first glimpse the river where I’d soon be flexing my arm muscles.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Once in Cookham we collected our canoes from the lovely Steve at H20 Adventures. We were guided through all the safety aspects of being on board a Canadian canoe and ready to begin our water adventure.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

From this point on timings depend on the pace set for the day. If you fancy a stop for a coffee or just to rest and take in the scenery, it’s up to you. The aim of these adventures is to relax and enjoy the experience, not to race the clock.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

We were graced with the hottest day of the year on our canoe trip, temperatures reached a sweltering 35 degrees. It felt more like the River Nile than the River Thames at some points. Drinking enough water and slathering on suncream a must!

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Luckily there were large shady stretches, where we managed to stop for a breather. When it got too hot some of the team cooled right down and jumped in for a quick dip too.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Paddling downstream we floated past some majestic landmarks, like the stately Cliveden House. Some of the riverside homes were eye-wateringly gorgeous too.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

We stopped for a much-needed break and lunch at a picnic area near Boulters Lock. Happily refueled we were ready to take on the river again.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

The sunny, peaceful river air along with the rhythmic paddle strokes and riverside wildlife really is the best way to enjoy the British summer time. We spotted the elusive fish (yes they do exist in the Thames!), herons, swans with their cygnets and lots of very large vibrantly colourful dragonflies. An idyllic setup providing the perfect fix to escape the everyday.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

We spent four hours on the river, crossed four weirs and steered through numerous locks. Around 3600 paddle strokes later (my arms personally thought more) we finished at Windsor Rowing Club.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors

I’ve never canoed before in my life and I felt such a great sense of achievement. I’m not going to lie, I found it tough at some points particularly in the heat but so much fun. I left with a renewed sense of adventure and pride.

Vespucci Adventures: Bringing you the outdoors
Credit: Binny Shah Patel

Leave your worries behind and enjoy the mindfulness that a VA itinerary inspires. Re-connect with the world around you!’

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So what are you waiting for? Go find your best adventure at www.vespucciadventures.com

sima

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary experience with Vespucci Adventures. However, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.

Watch the  ‘A day in the life of a Vespucci Adventurer‘ from Vespucci Adventures.

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10 Comments

  1. 6th Aug 2018 / 8:13 am

    OK so loving a bit of adventure and the outdoors, I really enjoyed this post. What a fab idea and it just looks so much fun!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      12th Aug 2018 / 7:44 pm

      You got to try right next time you’re in London 😉

  2. 7th Aug 2018 / 8:09 am

    Aw it looks so fun!! Must have been difficult in the heat though!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      12th Aug 2018 / 7:43 pm

      So hard, but so proud I actually did it and finished!

  3. 8th Aug 2018 / 1:14 pm

    I love that it is all organised for you!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      12th Aug 2018 / 7:42 pm

      If you did the trip yourself, you only get the guide and have to book everything yourself. It take all the research aspect out of it and saves a while load of time.

  4. 9th Aug 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Sounds great fun, Sima! Hard work, I’m sure. But really rewarding, and great way to see the river. Thanks for the post!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      12th Aug 2018 / 7:40 pm

      So much fun Aaron! Loved it x

  5. 2nd Sep 2018 / 10:48 am

    It’s a very different activity since it’s not something you’ll think about on the spot. It’s very refreshing and looks so much fun. On that day I remember it was really hot so I applaud you, I would’ve died in the heat!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      2nd Sep 2018 / 10:01 pm

      It’s such a fun thing to do. It was tough in that heat but felt so proud when we finished.

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