Showers had been forecast!
8 club members were up for the challenge of this year’s Godalming to Bell Hill marathon paddle: Andrew, Christine, Dan, Derek, Paul, Peter, Phil, and me (Maxine)
Phil (who only seems able to do trips that are multiples of marathons whether on water or land) not only organised us but brought a big container of the flapjacks that, from previous trip reports, appear to be mandatory for such a long paddle. At the first stop at Guildford they were happily consumed while discussing the generally unsustainable pace that had been set so far. This was the first of many occasions when Christine overtook the rest of us as we stood on the bank….. Read Maxine’s full account here
With only 5 days notice, 5 people signed-up for a trip down the River Mole from Brockham to Fetcham, which Dan organised.
While Paul and myself (Maxine) waited in the rain at the starting point for Dan, Len and Mark, who were dropping a car at the finishing point before joining them, I did wonder if everyone else had a better long term weather forecast than her and had made the better choice of sleeping in on a bank holiday. Happily, the rain stopped before we got on the river, it was a really good trip, and it was just about hot by the end of the trip….. read Maxine’s trip report here.
A group of 6 Hamptoneers paddled the 14+ miles from the Bells Of Ouzeley pub in Old Windsor down the Thames back to the club. It was a cool day but the rain showers stopped once we were on the water so we all enjoyed a quick journey on the fast flowing waters, bar one swimmer and an exciting get-in at Chertsey lock.
Check back soon for the full trip report….
The picture above is of Andy Garbett at Sunbury weir who was not with the trip group but part of the main Saturday paddlers from the club who we saw briefly at the Walton bridge cafe. Note the very high water level spilling over the portage. You can always check the water level at Sunbury lock by hovering over the News menu and selecting ‘River levels at Sunbury lock’, it was 2.9 metres when the photo was taken. The typical range is 2.3m to 3.2m.
Dan led a small group on the River Mole.
Phil, Dan, jenny and Tony took the two canadian canoes for a trip on the Mole. See the pictures here
A hardy band of Hamptoneers took to the frozen waters of the Basingstoke canal last Saturday (16.01.2016) paddling from Mytchett to Ash Lock and back.
Just three Hamptoneers went on a last minute trip on the Basingstoke canal last Sunday to find some placid water!
Anne-Lise and Dan (Peter Loy behind the camera)
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.
Peter took the day off on Wednesday and paddled a canoe along the little explored Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Read all about his trip here
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
Very little flow
No rain, windy at times
Boat got heavier at every portage
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!
Read other paddlers memories of the day here now also including a late entry from Peter!
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
A small group of Hamptoneers paddled down the Wey Navigation last week to Hectors tea rooms at Catteshall. Read Stephens trip account here
Six Hamptoneers enjoyed a sunny paddle from the Bells Of Ouzeley public house up to Windsor (and back) last Saturday. Read new member Maxine’s account of the trip here.