Category Archives: Trips

River Mole Paddle

Dan, Peter Loy and Derek joined a group of paddlers to descend the Mole from Betchworth to Leatherhead. Read Dan’s account here. I will add some more pictures but there are lots on Facebook and videos too.

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Stour descent 2015 – race report

IMG_2318 Peter Loy (Bow) and Peter McBride(stern) shoot the weir. IMG_2319 Dan Bownds shoots the weir.
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Stour Descent 2015 5 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

Boulters Lock Marathon Paddle

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  • Met at club 07:30, on water 09:00, back at club 16:55
  • 27 miles completed after extra bit to Molesey Lock and back to make sure we had definitely done the 26.2 miles!
  • Collected car at Boulters Lock at 18:00, home by 19:00
  • Long day
  • Tired arms
  • Aching back
  • Sore A*s*
  • No blisters
  • Very little flow
  • No rain, windy at times
  • Boat got heavier at every portage
  • Superb company
  • Good laugh
  • Great sense of achievement
  • Brilliant day out
  • Lesson learnt – Don’t get in the way of rowers!
  • Thanks Phil for organising a challenging but achievable event – hope your recovery is swift!

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Read other paddlers memories of the day here now also including a late entry from Peter!

Boulters lock to Marlow

 

 

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The six kayakers were Houran, Jenny, Mark, Tamra and myself bravely lead by Dan who had stepped in as trip leader at the eleventh hour.  I would’ve liked to have reported that we arrived at Boulters Lock without incident but that’s not strictly true….. read Peter Loy’s trip account here

Black Rabbit to Amberley

The key to paddling this lovely river is the tide. Obvious, really, but critical too: you can’t fight it, but go with it and you’ll make 4 knots. Four of us, Sarah, Mark, Paul and Stephen, launched at Black Rabbit, just above Arundel. Read Stephen’s full account of the Arun trip here

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The Loch Ness Monster

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After deciding late last year to give the Great Glen Canoe Trail a go and getting some invaluable information from Emily and tips and advice from Barnet and Dan, Richard and I found ourselves standing at the far end of the Muirtown Basin in Inverness. We stood there looking out over the Clachnaharry Works Lock and Railway Bridge towards the North Sea. The sun was out, it was a clear day but the wind was blowing strong. Both of us were thinking that the next time we see this sight we would be making our final portage after completing our 65 mile canoe trip…. read Pete’s full account here.

The Magna Carta run

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Six Hamptoneers paddled to Runnymede the site in 1215 of the meeting between the Barons and King John and the sealing of the Magna Carta.  Amanda, Andrew, Norma, Phil (our trip leader) and I paddled from Chertsey Bridge, a round trip of 11.5 miles.

Peter Loy, who is really clocking up the miles, paddled from the club and met us at Chertsey. The get-in at Chertsey is tricky with either a steep vertical bank with two scaffolding poles obstructing your way, or a grassy bank with inconveniently placed rock in the water – take your pick!

The rain held off, but we had a stiff headwind on the outward journey, which assisted us on the return leg. We virtually had the river to ourselves, with a couple of rowers and not a single motor boat on the outward leg.

It is a beautiful part of the river and Phil took us down an interesting backwater as we approached Runnymede round an island called imaginatively ‘The Island’. We had a well deserved coffee break at the café before turning back.

As we approached Penton Hook another canoe club paddled out of the lock, so we took their lead and paddled through the lock ourselves.  Peter left us at Chertsey to paddle back to the club, whilst the rest of us had a pleasant lunch at the Kingfisher.

Thanks to Phil for a well organised and enjoyable trip.

Mark Lewis