With no paddling on the last two weekends due to the windy conditions, and this one being the same, I was going a bit stir crazy and decided to go for a paddle on the River Taff, my local river.
Launching just above Radyr Weir I paddled upstream passing under the M4 with Castell Coch dominating the hillside above the river.
Castell Coch, translated from Welsh is the Red Castle, was built on the remains of a 14th century castle in the 1870's and completed in 1891 for the Third Marquis of Bute.
Paddling up a little further to a small stretch of white water where, when there is more water in the river, there is a small wave to play on.
I turn around and have a leisurely paddle back down the river to Radyr Weir which, again, could have done with having a bit more water going over it, but even still was good fun and I got a good soaking at the bottom.
Only a short paddle but good to get back on the water even though it wasn't salty!