Daniel Bownds tree stump is still at the portage. Ended up portaging around the lock as the portage is still flooded at the lower end.
Old Windsor back to the club in 2 hours and 20 mins, 15 miles… a fast flow — with Andrew Wallace at Sunbury Lock.
The spring 2014 newsletter of the Basingstoke Canal Society is now online here . It is an interesting read especially on how they operate the opening of the lock flights and an update on the Dogmersfield landslip. Their website is here.
Some amazing pictures here of the Dusi canoe marathon in South Africa – lots of big rocks and long portages!
My mini adventure started after leaving my fellow paddlers at the Pelican pub at Ham Moor, after we had paddled from there to the Anchor pub at Pyrford lock.
I slowly paddled down-stream towards Weybridge Town lock, where the river meets the navigation. Once I had climbed through the undergrowth and over the barbed wire fence I continued with my journey, spotting a kingfisher darting off in front of me.
The next and last lock on the Wey navigation was Thames lock, where I was unable to use the rowing club pontoon because it was flooded, so I carried my boat over a bridge, to a low but very muddy bank where I entered the river Thames…… read Dan’s full report here.
Twelve intrepid paddlers set out on Saturday morning ready for what was expected to be a chilly paddle on the Wey Navigation Canal. The weather forecast had said it would be sunny but frost was predicted for the night before.
Nine of us set off from The Pelican at Addlestone led by Phil. We caught up with Andrew, Norma and Carole who put in at New Haw lock. The cold start didn’t happen and we had a gloriously sunny day. Cagoules were removed by the time we reached the half-way mark at Pyrford lock. Here we split for a while into those who wanted to sip an espresso and nibble a piece of cake in the sunshine at The Anchor and those who wanted a little more paddling up to Walsham Gates…….. for the full report by Derek and more pictures see the trip report page.