Godalming Trip to Hampton Abandoned at Triggs Lock !

At 7.45 am last Saturday we prepared to launch at Godalming, greeted by Godalming Canoe Club and the Mayor as the club had planned a charity event and invited us to join them for lunch at the New Inn, Send,  compliments of the Mayor !

We set off on the fast flowing River Wey then on reaching Cattershall Lock were alarmed to see the red boards on display, oh dear, our transport had already left, we just had to continue to Hampton. We flew along at an alarming rate of knots.

Stoke Lock was our first real challenge, the river was raging and therefore we couldn’t risk using the pontoon to get in as white water raged over it. We found a get in by having to paddle to find the edge, it was quite scary. Then on to Bowyers Lock, we had to stop well short of the lock because the Mill Stream was on a mission to suck anything and everything into its path. Getting in after the lock was another great challenge.

We whizzed on at an alarming rate then when we reached Triggs Lock, Julie the lock keeper pleaded with us not to continue, the water was flowing over the lock and the gates like the rapids at Niagara Falls ! So, unfortunately we had to abandon our trip, very disappointed but also quite relieved as to continue would have been VERY DANGEROUS.

There are more rivers entering the Wey and not until after Pyrford would it have improved. Had we enquired the night before we’d have been given the go ahead but the river came up 18 inches overnight. A very kind passer by took us to Elm Nursery close by where we indulged in a cream tea whilst we waited a few hours for our son to pick us up. We enjoyed the company of a variety of animals kept on the farm and bought  several plants, so all in all it had been a very interesting day.

Ivy Darbon

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26.04.14 Caution Strong Stream + Wey in flood

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Take care on the river – the flow has increased dramatically over the last 24 hours, in Kingston the flow today is 150m3/s, double that of yesterday. Stay up to date with stream warnings on the Thames Conditions page

Following recent significant rainfall river flows and levels are rising. Yellow boards are being displayed throughout the River Thames and some red boards are being displayed. The outlook is for further rain over the next few days and we anticipate further red boards being displayed.

26.04.14 WEY RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

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Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations Office 01483 561389(recorded message not updated at weekends).

24.04.2014 Wey conditions – normal

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River conditions from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

Walton Bridge to Penton Hook Lock

After a few technical problems Ivy’s account of the Penton Hook trip has arrived at the News Centre. Here it is:-

12th April 2014

A group of ten paddlers (Andrew & Norma in K2 Bernard & Ivy in Canadian , Andy, Clive, Val, Adam, Dan, Dave Q all in kayaks), led by Andy Garbett set off from Walton Bridge for the upstream trip to Penton Hook Lock.  Still a fairly strong flow with headwind made the going  slightly challenging. On reaching Shepperton Lock we all prepared to portage when the lock keeper appeared asking if we’d like to “go through” Bernard and Ivy said OH Yes Please! Whilst everyone else bravely portaged the tricky steps. but we all arrived together at the other side. (Thank you lock keeper)

Paddling on towards Chertsey lock was uneventful, the portage again went smoothly and a few paddlers took the opportunity to munch energy bars and have a drink. We paddled on reaching Penton hook in roughly two and a quarter hours. We then spied an ice cream van at the lockside,  most of us took this opportunity to indulge in delicious ice cream cones, mmmmmmmm!

After half an hour, we set off downstream on the return trip to Walton Bridge, Clive vanished like a streak of lightening never to be seen again until Walton Bridge whilst the rest of us enjoyed a super fast easy paddle back taking only one and a quarter hours this time.

Jeff and Babs were waiting to greet us and we indulged in delicious bacon sandwiches before departing after yet another very enjoyable day together on the Thames.

Ivy Darbon

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22.04.14 Wey in flood

22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

16.40hrs

Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

Andrew and Barnet stop off at Bell HIll

Andrew and Barnet arrived at Bell Hill soon after 5pm to be met by a large group of well wishers and their support crew(s). They were fed and watered and with a quick change of clothes and lights fitted bow and stern they were once more on their way towards Teddington and the finish at Westminster.

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Emily and Aidan finish at 14:03

Emily and Aidan completed the 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster this afternoon at 14:03 in a Wenonah canoe. They paddled non-stop for 30 hours and 44 minutes. An incredible and inspiring feat of endurance and bloody minded determination. Many Congratulations!

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Facing torrential rain and battling the increasing flood tide Emily and Aidan have Westminster bridge in their sights as they pass the MI5 building.

Update 2:06pm – the SPOT tracker shows them arriving at Westminster : huge congratulations to you both on paddling the C2 the 125 miles in just under 31 hours!

Andrew and Barnet meanwhile are pushing on into the wind and rain with Windsor castle in their sights.