Paddle Cleanup

Join the Rubbish Rebellion!


Nature, water, friends, fun and helping the planet – whats not to like about doing a Paddle Cleanup!?

The best way to get into beautiful parts of our waterways and make a huge impact by cleaning it up while you there.

Anyone can join in!  I am a new paddler, its a perfect activity for nature connection, contemplation, meditation, fun, laughs and getting up close and personal with the bodies of water that feed our oceans and in turn the air we breathe.

I launched the #PaddleCleanup campaign after taking part in an expedition to paddle the with of England in 2017.  I instantly understood how paddlers have a unique access to the waterways and remote beaches and wanted to empower paddlers to lead the way on and off the water.


How can you get involved?

Get in touch to join me on a paddle cleanup. The next one I have scheduled is below on 19th October 2019 on the Ouse in Sussex.

I’ll shortly share the new Paddle Cleanup toolkit which will enable you to go to your local club and arrange one with them.

Alternatively, join one of our annual  #PaddleCleanup expeditions run by co-founder Erin Bastian of Evoke Adventure, more details below.

Toolkit: ‘How to Paddle Cleanup’ in collaboration with British Canoeing is launching soon.

Paddle Cleanup Expedition May 2020

I work with Erin Bastian to deliver ground breaking #PaddleCleanup expeditions.  While I totally encourage any paddler to get out there and clean up, these expeditions take it to another level.  I have met so many inspiring people and learnt so much about myself, the environment, paddling and our impact on the natural world on these trips. Head over to Erin’s business pages ‘Evoke Adventure’ to see testimonials from past trips. See the link below.


Paddle Cleanup the Ouse with The Kayak Coach

Join for a mini adventure to paddle the Ouse in Sussex and cleanup as we go.  All in aid of the Surfers Against Sewage Great Autumn River and Beach Clean series.  The data will be used for their future campaigns and can influence policy at a National level.

Find out more and how to book by heading over to the Kayak Coach website.  All equipment and guides provided, this is suitable for all ages and levels. 19th October 2019 10:00 – 14:30.  Then to the pub for lunch!

Use the DISCOUNT CODE:  PADDLECLEANUP for a 20% discount on booking.


Do you have a passion for the ocean and helping the environment; have been in a kayak once or more, and loved it; have basic level of fitness and love being outdoors and camping?  Then this is the trip for you!

A unique opportunity to paddle with Erin Bastian, a top kayak guide, coach and explorer who is passionate about evoking the adventure spirit in everyone and creating extraordinary expeditions.  Alongside Clare Talks Rubbish founder herself who brings her expertise in sustainability, behaviour change and waste sollutions.

10th – 16th May 2020
7 day trip. 5 full days of kayaking

Past Expeditions

Paddle Cleanup Scottish Summer Isles 2019

In May this year we took to the open ocean and put our sea kayaks into the waters they are truely designed for. We cleaned up remote beaches in the Summer Isles in Northern Scotland.  Over one week we cleaned 8 beaches with the help of Kayak Summer Isles who are also responsible for some of the epic photos of that trip. We collected almost 5 tonnes of waste on those 8 beaches and 80 % of that was waste from industrial fishing industry. 

5 things I learnt about the Summer Isles / 7 Ways we can help protect our last British Wilderness / What can you do with beach clean rubbish? / Why bother with a Paddle Cleanup? 

Featured in: Daily Express / Daily Mirror / BBC Scotland / BBC Sussex / Highland Times / Paddler Magazine

Paddle Pickup Length of Wales 2018

In 2018, Erin Bastian led us on another epic journey, this time we paddled the length of Wales (despite never actually touching Wales).  We set off from Ellesmere Port and finished in Sharpness.  This time we worked with the Canal and River Trust and we again found epic amounts of waste reflecting our supermarket shelves and daily lives.

How do you know your rubbish isnt polluting the ocean?Top tips for repurposing your Paddle Cleanup rubbish / Equipment needed to Paddle Cleanup / How to turn river rubbish into sustainable catwalk fashion / Top five take aways from paddling the length of Wales

Featured in: BBC North West / BBC Radio Gloucestershire / The Argus / The Daily Mail / Canal and River Trust

Paddle Pickup width of England 2017

This was a world first female only expedition to paddle 300km from Coast to Coast the whole width of England. The original idea came from Erin Bastian and Bex Band and the kayak expertise provided by Erin’s company Evoke Adventure.

It didnt take long for me to realise there wasnt a plan for the waste we collected and so I took over the conservation element and the rest is history so to speak!

So where is the rubbish now? / My 10 takeaways from Paddle Pickup Coast to Coast / Who are the amazing women who took part and what have they done since?

Featured in: Observer Magazine / Evening Standard / The Argus / Twickenham and Richmond Times / British Canoeing

Are you a Rubbish Rebel?

Join the Paddle Cleanup / Paddle For Plastic Facebook Group to share and find tips and advice.  What did you find? Share your photos.  What did you do with the waste?  What did you learn? Find out how to win a marine recycled kayak.

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