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    • Posted: 18/09/17

      From the confines of the office to the calm of the water.

      5pm signals the start of your free time, the chance to explore somewhere new and experience something out of the ordinary.

      A Microadventure doesn’t always have to take you away from busy urban areas - towns and cities are abundant with adventures too. Take the River Thames for example…

      Heading towards London’s Docklands can often feel like a commute into work, but this is a Docklands trip with a difference. Tonight the journey is along the water, rather than the southern approach for the Blackwall tunnel. Taking a Discovery Sport loaded with four friends and an equipped roof rack with Aqua Sports Carrier, they head for the river. Using the vehicle’s Commute Mode even allows them to avoid the worst of rush hour traffic on the way.

      As sunset approaches and the traffic noise begins to dampen, the evening’s mode of transport – kayaks – are unloaded from the roof and lowered onto the Thames. With everyone safely aboard, albeit now slightly wet due to an impromptu water fight with the paddles, the journey along the Thames begins. The confinement of the kayak means there’s no room for your 9-5 essentials - mobile phones and laptops are secured in the vehicle as you disconnect from the electronic world for a couple of hours.

      Getting to grips with the Aqua Sports Carrier.
      Paddling out to watch the sunset on the Thames.

      Being out on the calm of the water allows you to see the city from a different perspective. Office blocks are now empty, construction on new developments has ended for the day and the hustle and bustle of work is a distant memory. Buildings you’ve seen hundreds of times suddenly look so different from a whole new angle. The path of the river even allows you to find streets and shortcuts you never knew existed.

      An hour into the journey and with the sun now set, head torches and office buildings provide the light as the paddles cut through the water. One reminder of the commotion back on dry land can’t be missed, as the imposing O2 Arena comes into view. Whilst thousands of people enjoy their evening of entertainment, four friends float by in the midst of their own evening of enjoyment.

      A short time later it’s back to the dock where the adventure began a short while before. With the Discovery Sport once again loaded with kayaks and friends, planning begins – where to for the next Microadventure?

      You don't need special equipment to go on a Microadventure. All you need is the 16 hours you have free from work, your surroundings and your imagination to get out there. If you’re in the city, go and explore an area you’ve not been to before. If you’re in the countryside, camp in your nearest woods, or if you don’t have a tent, go for a walk and explore the area. Microadventures suit all budgets, experience and locations.

      If you’re seeking inspiration for your next, or even first, Microadventure head over to our Microadventure hub for some ideas and challenges. Make sure you use #Microadventure on social media to show us the challenges you’ve taken us up on.

      Remember, always Microadventure responsibly.


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