8 Hamptoneers paddled the tranquil waters of the Basingstoke canal from the Barley Mow pub near Fleet to the end of the canal at the Greywell tunnel. Read Jill’s full trip report here with pictures now added
Wed 16th 7:30pm
Xmas lights paddle. Paddle down for a pint at Ye Olde Swan,Thames Ditton. Please wear something festive and bring lights for your boat. We will paddle past the lights and skaters at Hampton Court, adding to the Christmas scene. On the water by 19:30 (revised time) – contact Mark
Sat 26th 11:00am
Traditional Boxing day paddle down to Isleworth and the London Apprentice pub (10 miles and 1 portage) – sign up via the link Mark emailed out. At last count four paddlers had signed up so it is definitely ON.
Mon 28th 9:00am – *** NEW ***
Basingstoke canal paddle from the Barley Mow to the end of the canal at the Greywell tunnel and return, 11 miles and NO portages. Contact Phil.
Fri 1st Jan 2016
Tradition dictates that on New Year’s Day we go along the Wey to the Anchor at Pyrford, to clear awey any cobwebs from the Eve before.
But it doesn’t dictate where we start from – some start from Black Boy Bridge on the outskirts of Weybridge (round trip about 7 miles and 4 portages), others start from New Haw for a round trip of about 4 miles without portaging. Some portage and paddle past the Anchor to the lock at Walsham (an extra mile or so).
Nor does tradition dictate how we get there: most of us will paddle, but walking along the towpath is an option (and, I hesitate to mention this, there is a car park at the Anchor).
Peter Loy (Bow) and Peter McBride(stern) shoot the weir. Dan Bownds shoots the weir.
The Two Peters
When Dan suggested we attempt the 13.5 mile Stour Descent from Sturminster Mill to Bryanston school, I had in mind an easy, almost effortless paddle down a fast flowing river. The reality was somewhat different…
Read Peter Loy’s full report here