Coast 2 Coast

300km of waterways

A team will come together to kayak Coast 2 Coast. Starting in Bristol Harbour, they will paddle via 300km of waterways until they reach Queens Bridge in London.

As the conditions are constantly changing the team will have to adapt, going from wild camping one night, to sleeping in a church the next.

Each day the team will be kayaking an average of 20km and have a gruelling 151 locks to navigate.

A shared passion

The Coast 2 Coast team are made up of women from all backgrounds but together they share a common passion – the environment.

While on the expedition, the team will be collecting plastic rubbish from the waterways, gathering research and raising awareness about the problem of plastic pollution with people they meet.

Following the expedition, the team will take the data they gathered to schools and events to highlight how our actions and waterways are acting as a funnel for marine debris.

Videos, photos and updates from the expedition:

The Team

Bex Band

Bex Band

Paddling 300km

I have only kayaked a handful of times in my life so am looking forward to throwing myself into an adventure of a different kind! Along the way, I will be managing the conservation aspect of the expedition – collecting and monitoring plastics – media and PR as well as expedition logistics alongside Erin.

Erin Bastian

Erin Bastian

Paddling 300km

Through my adventure company, Evoke Adventures, I will be delivering the expedition aspect of Paddle Pickup. Leading the team safely through the waterways and locks. I look forward to training the team so they leave competent kayakers ready for more adventure!

Clare Osborn

Clare Osborn

Paddling 300km

I spent over 10 years in a successful legal career although have always had a passion for travel, adventure and the ocean.  As a volunteer, I have been on the organising committee of  Incredible OceansWhaleFest since 2015, and in my role as campaign manager have created strong commercial partnerships to bring to life the serious issue of ocean plastics, through social media and at large-scale public events.

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke

Paddling 200km

I worked as an environmental scientist in the recycling industry for five years and became aware the issue of plastic pollution.  I’ve recently retrained as a geography teacher and am keen to raise awareness of pollution in our environment with the younger generation. I live in Manchester so we’ve got the Peaks on our door step for walking but Paddle Pick up is a brand new challenge never kayaked more than a day in my life!

Jodie Bickhoff

Jodie Bickhoff

Paddling 100km

I’m an Aussie travel writer (check out my blog!) living in London and travelling as much as I can before I move back to Australia later this year. I signed up for the challenge to make a difference, meet some inspirational ladies, see more of the English countryside and hug as many dogs as possible along the way!

Libby Bowles

Libby Bowles

Paddling 100km

Having worked in marine conservation for 5 years and seen first hand the horror of endangered animals choking on plastics in the ocean, I have been delighted to join a team of passionate, likeminded women. Being a positive environmental conservationist in my spare time isn’t quite cutting it for me anymore, so I recently quit my teaching job and am off on my homemade bamboo bicycle to pedal the world, visiting conservation projects along the way.

Anna Hollingworth

Anna Hollingworth

Paddling 100km

I am Lancashire born and bred and an outdoor activities instructor. I recently became a kayak and canoe instructor and signed up for this as I wanted a challenge, to do my bit to improve awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to meet fantastic passionate people.

Vanese Gordon

Vanese Gordon

Paddling 100km

I’m a waste education officer, based in Bermuda who is particularly interested in plastics in the aquatic environment. I joined this expedition for the personal challenge and the opportunity to meet like minded individuals in a foreign country.

Megan Hoskin

Megan Hoskin

Paddling 100km

Free time adventurer, mountain climber, & complete novice kayaker! The personal challenge & chance to join forces with a group of inevitably passionate, determined & inspiring women first drew me to the expedition. Paddle Pickup has heightened my awareness of the conscious & concerted effort so desperately needed to preserve & protect our environment, & I’m immensely proud to be a member of the team.

Siriol Griffiths

Siriol Griffiths

Paddling 100km

I am a Welsh journalist and adventurer. I signed up for Paddle Pickup in order to do something both practical and fun about the plastic problem. I needed a new goal and wanted to meet some like-minded and inspirational people. Also the prospect of eating camp food for five whole days was a temptation too good to resist!

Charlie Hamilton

Charlie Hamilton

Paddling 100km

Charlie is a musical theatre performer/ climbing instructor and stunt performer in training. she joined the expedition because she loves adventures and challenges and because she is passionate about the environment and wants to help make positive changes in the world