A family adventure in the Alps … whooping all the way

Richard Lakin, winner of the family category in our travel writing competition, went on a multi-activity break in France’s Ecrins national park

I’m spinning like a leaf in a drain. Rain and spray sting my cheeks and branches snag and scratch me. I’ve drifted from the imaginary line in the middle of the river and am gathering enough foliage to camouflage a tank.

The Alps may be more associated with winter action breaks, but it’s August and I’m in the mountain village of Chaillol in the southern French Alps for a week’s adventure with my wife Tracey and sons Jacob, 7, and Joe, 10. Kayaking on the frothing Severaisse river certainly has the adrenaline pumping.

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