My wife and I have very different extents of experience in kayaks. I have spent 20 years in white water including the Alps, Zambezi and White Nile. In contrast, my better half has a fear of water.
To my amazement, this trip was her suggestion (I suspect sunstroke :-) ). We hired kayaks from right on route 28 by the river bridge. We were soon familarised and my wife was reassured by the the boats' stability. They also had open tops instead of being tightly enclosed as is usually the case. She felt less trapped, soon relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Despite being a white water fan, I found the placid paddle to be very enjoyable and relaxing.
Because the tide was coming in, we were advised to paddle upriver to the Swan Pond. It was a simple matter to follow the twists & turns of the river for 20 minutes up to the Pond (it's big so more of a lake really - perhaps they chose 'pond' because of confusion with the ballet). We then spent about half an hour exporing the nooks & crannies of the lake. I landed on a small island, which I reclaimed for Britain and King George III. I await the ruling of the international court.
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