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Paddles Up

AS KICK START was to junior motorcycling, so PADDLES UP was to canoeing. Starred PETER PURVES in post-BLUE PETER pre-grey hair electricity ads mode, and a load of kids in wetsuits drowning. Always filmed near Llangollen.



  1. Jon

    October 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I was under the impression that Paddles up was filmed on the Tryweryn near Bala?! Great programme though – used to watch it with the whole family!

  2. Graham

    September 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Watching Paddles Up was very educational and I believe young people do white water rafting in Northampton.

  3. Mike

    April 2, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Peter Purves presented Kickstart, not Paddles Up – it was based at Llangollen, Tryweryn & Nottingham in different years.

  4. Paul

    June 14, 2022 at 1:41 am

    There was always a problematic stopper wave that seperated the wheat from the chaff

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