Another look back to a trip from November last year.
Allow me to set the scene: Bernard and Ivy were the first to arrive, having been up since dawn, doing an excellent job of discouraging any fishermen who might be tempted to purloin one of the few remaining parking places. There was dependable Dave Kew, with his camera at the ready; Chris as keen as ever to get as many miles under her belt before darkness descended; the ever-efficient Jenny in the orange Hobby; and Amanda, temporarily liberated from her all-male household, relishing the prospect of breaking in a brand new Tercel….. read Charles’ full account of the trip and local history here
When: Saturday 22nd November 2014 – 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00
Where: Between Molesey and Teddington Locks – Hampton Court Bridge to the Head of Trowlock Island
Event: Teddington Small Boats Head
When: Saturday 29 November 2014 – 09:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:00
Where: Sunbury Lock to Benns Island (downstream of Platt’s Eyot, Hampton)
Event: Hampton Small Boats Head
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Walton Bridge to Penton Hook Lock [November 1st]
It started slowly but by the end of the week thirteen Hamptoneers had signed-up for the twelve mile return journey from Walton Bridge to Penton Hook Lock.
We set-off promptly from the Club and duly assembled at the river bank, opposite the Cowey Sale car park, at 10.15 for a mass getaway upstream. Tony and Adam, accompanied by Peter, were in DW training mode and raced ahead in their K2. The rest of the group were content to paddle at the usual leisurely Hampton pace whilst simultaneously holding lofty or, as the case might be, not-so-lofty conversations with a variety of kayaking partners. Isn’t this what touring at the Club is all about? Bernard and Ivy kept pace in their Canadian Canoe and remain an inspiration to us all. How can they paddle that thing so quickly? The weather defied the forecasters and the day seemed more Spring than Autumn. Certainly no-one expected to regret not bringing sunblock.
Shepperton and Chertsey Locks; water meadows with long-haired cattle; a beautiful eighteenth century bridge; the village of Laleham and finally a quick stop and a snack at Penton Hook before the return trip. Finally safe and sound at Walton, apart from Mark who was nursing a back injury and left us early on, we loaded boats on cars and adjourned to the Snack Bar to join Carol, Babs and Jeff who had arranged to meet us for lunch. A total of sixteen Hamptoneers enjoying the pleasure of each other’s company and the delights of the Thames.
Dave Kew took a few photos….
The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Friday 7th November at the Greenwood Centre in Hampton Hill. Starting promptly at 7:30pm under the chairmanship of Andrew Wallace and with other members of the committee and club numbering about thirty, the minutes of the previous meeting were accepted… read the full report from the link on the members page
Saturday 8th November 2014
5 kayakers and 2 canoeists took to the tranquil waters of the Grand Union canal, paddling under leaden skies from the Grand Junction arms near Bulls bridge and the start of the Paddington branch of the canal up to Uxbridge lock with a brief stop at the bistro at Cowley lock. The canoeists (Ivy and Bernard) did not feel that 13 miles was far enough so tacked on an extra 12 miles to paddle from their home to join the trip and back again! Full trip report now available from the trip reports page.
Wednesday night, 5th November, river was like a mill pond under a clear moonlit sky. (Picture – Daniel)
We parked the car not far from the Grand Junction Arms in Southall, put the canoe onto the water and paddled towards Brentford. October 31st Halloween and Richard and I find ourselves back on the Grand Union Canal.
It’s promising to be another lovely day as a pleasant but uneventful start to our journey brings us to the Norwood Top Lock, which is manned by a couple of likeable and chatty lock keepers, volunteers of course. After a quick chat we haul the canoe round the Lock and under the bridge and realise the water on the other side is so low that we are never going to be able to get back into the canoe at this point… read Peter’s full account here.