Congratulations to Derek Heath, Christine Bockett, Daniel Bownds, Andy Garbett and Andrew Wallace on completing the 26.2 miles from Godalming Bridge, down the Wey Navigation and Thames via the loop back to Bell HIll on Saturday. It was a great day out with sunny weather and no capsizes!
Many thanks to our drivers Paul Scott and Yan/Derek for the lift in the morning.
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.
A small group of Hamptoneers went with the flow and the ebbing tide down to Isleworth last Sunday. Read Amanda’s report here.
Last weekend Sarah, Stephen and Dan explored two different sections on the Wey and Arun canal. See their report here. Pictures of paddle from Pullborough now added.
There was a good turnout for a sunny evening paddle upstream and then a few burgers and sausages at the club house in the summery evening weather.
Stephen is planning a trip to the river Arun for Sunday 19th April to join the annual boat rally to demonstrate the right of navigation on the river. It’s a 7-8 mile round trip with a nice tide to help. See his emails for more details about the trip and here also for more information.
This is the Wey and Arun canal trust website
The new Improver’s sessions schedule is now available here. More sessions will be added soon. The Wednesday sessions will be in the early evening.
Congratulations to Dan and Barnet who paddled a Canadian Canoe and Tony and Barnet who paddled a K2 the 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster at the weekend, successfully completing the 2015 DW race. Awesome job guys!
DW Training update: Well done Daniel Bownds in completing his first Waterside D (34.5 miles, 23 portages) in a respectable 8 hours 40 mins. Good conditions but tough going as Dan had a head cold and his C2 partner was using his new paddle the wrong way round. Fortunately a top C2 team pointed this out at 15 miles!
A ‘big’ thankyou to our support team of Andrew Wallace, Anne-Lise Christmas and Jenny John Chuan. Who ferried us to and from the course. Provided us with warm smiles, encouragement, food and drink.
Only 13 days to the start of DW!
(Pictures – Jenny)
Last Saturday morning Charles and Andy led a group of 6 Hamptoneers (Amanda, Phil, Stuart, Christine, Charles & Andy) upstream to the backwaters of the Wey river. The weather was cold and blustery whipping up sizeable waves on the stretch up to Walton Bridge. We headed straight up the cut and just past the ferry landing before Shepperton lock we took the left turn up a narrow creek towards a weir on the Wey navigation.
There was a brisk current to battle with and the water swirled around each bend we navigated. At the weir we took another left turn up a very narrow creek with overhanging trees which twisted and turned for about another half a mile to a pool beneath another weir where a few kayakers in play boats were riding the waves. We turned around carefully as there was a strong stream and retraced our steps back out onto the Thames. We were now heading into wind but the flow helped push us homewards. We made a quick stop to examine progress on the new Walton Aquarium and to have a quick cup of coffee. We were back at Bell Hill for 1:30pm from where most people headed to Chino’s for lunch to meet up with Ivy, Bernard, Jeff and Babs.
The purple line shows our route from the Thames, past Hamhaugh island up the creek.