Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wey in flood – Godalming to Walsham gates

28:02:14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS>

by riverweyconditionsnt

13:00 River conditions from Town Lock to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.Dangerous conditions to navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Walsham Gates and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

This must mean H&H race #4 will be postponed.

Luckily we still have our nice local stretch from Town lock to Walsham gates to paddle on but hope it stops raining soon so we can go beyond the ‘gates’.

Wettest winter ever – multiple race cancellations

Thameside ‘1’ – race cancellation from Reading canoe club

Following the course inspection on Friday, we are regrettably cancelling Thameside 1 (Aldermaston to Reading) Sunday 2 March. The tow path is still shut and flooded in several places. It is impossible to get in under the bridge at Fobney and County lock is effectively a compulsory weir shoot! (all be it a rather flat one). Although the river conditions are improving, there is more rain forecasted over the coming week and the improvements required on the lower section of the course are probably impossible in the time frame.

Waterside ‘A’ – race cancellation from Newbury canoe club

RACE A is here by Cancelled due to the excessive water conditions
and following advice from the Canal and River Trust.

The endlessly postponed Hare and Hounds #4 is now re-scheduled for this Sunday 2nd March but with the Wey still in flood upstream from Millmead keep an eye on their twitter feed

Prize giving – reminder

The Clubs annual prize giving will be at lunchtime on Saturday 5th April where a glittering array of awards will be handed out. Please contact Kathryn to reserve your place at the pub which will be within a short paddle of Bell Hill. The pub does good food at reasonable prices.

Muddy Car Park – strong river flow

The Thames has subsided back into its bed, leaving a couple of centimetres of mud across the lower part of the wharf. The pontoon is floating on the river again.

However the river is still flowing quickly; strong paddlers should reckon on taking 70 – 100 minutes to get up to Sunbury Lock; other paddlers should stick to canals for the time being.
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Wey Conditions Update

24.02.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

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River conditions from Millmead Lock (Guildford) to Bowers Lock, and Weybridge Town Lock to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

Dangerous conditions to navigation exist from Catteshall Lock to Millmead Lock, and Bowers Lock to Walsham Gates and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

Basingstoke Canal Information

Up to the minute information on conditions and restrictions on the Basingstoke canal can be found both on their website and Facebook page. (You need to have a Facebook account to access this) The Basingstoke canal society news page also has updates on landslips and trees down etc.

Having paddled from the Barley Mow to the Greywell Tunnel and back today we can report that all the fallen trees have been cleared from this section of the canal.

The landslip is about half a mile downstream from the Barley Mow car-park, this part of the canal is ‘officially’ closed to all navigation until it has been tidied up.

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Notes for tourers

The Club does a lot of canoe (and kayak) touring.  These notes set out what it’s all about; what you can expect when on a touring trip; what the others will expect of you; there are separate kit notes on what you might bring along.  These notes have been prepared based on one person’s opinions and experience; in time you will develop your own habits.

17.02.14 Wey – trees cleared

17.02.14 NAVIGATION RESTRICTION – UPDATE

by riverweyconditionsnt

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The fallen trees blocking the navigation near Murrays Bridge, Byfleet, have now been cleared.
Dangerous conditions to navigation still exist as all river sections are still in flood.
You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

15.02.14 – Wey navigation – trees down

New post on River Wey Conditions

15.02.14 NAVIGATION RESTRICTION
by riverweyconditionsnt
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There are five fallen trees blocking the navigation near Murrays Bridge at Byfleet. Not passable. (This is about a mile downstream of Pyrford lock)

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

 

River levels – Thursday 13th Feb 2014

When river levels are really high, and the red boards are out for the Thames nearby, the actual levels of the river at Bell Hill can be inferred by looking at the water levels recorded just downstream of Sunbury Lock. When the level there is 4.95 m, the car park at Bell Hill is probably all under water; when the level is 5.04 m which was the peak reached on Monday 10th February , the canoe drying area in front of the clubhouse is probably under water as well. Paddling on a canal is a good idea at these times!

The level on Thursday 13th February at midday was 4.94m

See the environment agency river levels page here : Sunbury lock river levels

The forecast for flooding at Bell Hill over the next day or two is in the middle of this page.

The Wey conditions page is here.  Call Thames Lock 01932 843106 for the most up to date information on the canal parts of the Wey.

Note for drivers :- the direct route from Sunbury to Walton Bridge (Fordingbridge road) is impassable, you need to turn right in Sunbury along the Halliford road to avoid the flooding. The route from Walton bridge along the river to Weybridge is also under water. Chertsey bridge is closed as are many other roads in the area.

Flood preparations completed

As the national news is saturated with terrible stories of flooded homes, businesses and farms, the Thames in Hampton has risen to within 6 inches of flooding the club house. A hardy band of volunteers in wellies turned out yesterday to tackle the job of flood proofing the club. The main jobs were to get everything up off the floor by at least a foot, including the fridge which is now sitting precariously on a canoe stand. The chest of drawers is in the ladies changing rooms and the lower canoes and kayaks all moved up higher or out to temporary lodgings in Kathryn’s garden. Just the green canoes remain for now but they would need to be moved out if they started to float up and put pressure on the racks above.

Thanks to Andrew, Adam, Phil, Clive, Val and Lesley for their hard work.

Water levels rise inexorably

Andrew was up early in his kayak gear to secure an extra line to the jetty which is now a happy little bird sanctuary – see last photo taken on Sunday evening.  The other pictures were taken at 8am this morning, Monday 10th and show the water almost over the bottom step of the club. We are watching water levels closely in case equipment needs to be moved up or out of the club building.

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Touring this weekend

As the weather will be very wet and very windy on Saturday, Charles will run his tour this weekend on Sunday 9th Feb instead, going to Mytchett on the Basingstoke canal. Contact him for more details.

Prize Giving

The Clubs annual prize giving will be on 5th April where a glittering array of awards will be handed out. Please contact Kathryn to reserve your place at the pub which will be within a short paddle of Bell Hill for those who like to travel by water.