Elisabeth Hadley


Elisabeth started canoeing in her teens in the Lake District during summer holidays, paddling on Lake Coniston. Later at Bristol Polytechnic she joined Bristol Canoe Club and started getting seriously into white water kayaking.

Eventually her profession as a sculptor and artist led her to a move further south to Brixham. It was here, through the Ibex Canoe Club, that Elisabeth discovered a passion for sea kayaking, participating in many club trips and also getting into coaching as a way of putting something back into the sport.

Elisabeth has paddled white water on many of the UK’s best rivers, as well as some of the French Alps classics.

Her sea kayaking has taken her from Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, through North Wales and Scotland, and all the way to New Zealand. Some of her more notable achievements include a crossing to Lundy Island and back, kayaking the entire Devon and Cornish coastline, circumnavigating Anglesey in two days, and exploring the stunning Isles of Scilly.

One of Elisabeth’s most well known local pieces of artwork is her Mermaid sculpture, which sits on the rocks at the entrance of the River Dart near Dartmouth Castle.

Elisabeth is a British Canoeing  Level 3 Sea kayak coach and British Canoeing  4 Star Sea kayak Leader.