A team of kayakers from a Bideford club are embarking on a 300-mile adventure along the British coast.

Members of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John WilsonMembers of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John Wilson

The five Bideford Canoe Club members are paddling from Appledore to Anglesey in North Wales, in an expedition they’re calling A to A.

Peter Thorn, John Rowe, Ian Dring, Kevin Sumners and Emily Harding launched from the slipway at Appledore on Friday to begin the journey, which they hope will take two weeks.

The team will be self-sufficient, carrying their supplies and camping gear in their expedition sea kayaks.

Peter, the Bideford Canoe Club chairman who instigated the trip, said: “Anglesey is a bit of a Mecca for sea kayaking, and I’ve been there several times.

Members of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John WilsonMembers of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John Wilson

“A friend of mine recently did the whole of the Cornwall coast and it sounded like a wonderful trip. I didn’t want to repeat it but wanted to try the Welsh coast.

“It involves three significant crossings. It offers the potential of a challenge to sea kayakers, and people like to do them because it allowed for complicated navigation rather than hand-railing around the coast.”

The route poses plenty of challenges for them along the way. The Bristol Channel cross from Ilfracombe to Mumbles is a 30-mile slog across a shipping lane, and the Welsh coast itself will leave the team exposed to the elements.

Their destination – Holy Head on Holy Island, can see huge standing waves as tides flow at up to eight knots.

Members of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John WilsonMembers of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John Wilson

The quintet is hoping to raise £5,000 for the RNLI, and has plans to visit lifeboat stations along the way.

“We all paddle together in Devon and decided to take on this long distance challenge,” said Emily on the team’s fundraising page.

“The RNLI save thousands of people in the UK every year and it is run by volunteers risking their own lives to save walkers stranded on beaches with an incoming tide, swimmers swept out to sea, animals falling off of cliffs, and boaters getting stuck on mud flats.

“We are an island and at some point most of us will encounter the coast, anyone can get caught out.”

Members of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John WilsonMembers of Bideford Canoe Club are kayaking from Appledore to Anglesey. Picture: John Wilson

You can donate to the Bideford Canoe Club crew by visiting their fundraising page here