|DW discussion evening
One way trip along the Thames from the Bells of Ouseley near Old Windsor some 15 miles or so past Runneymede, Staines and Chertsey to the club. About 3 hours paddling in all, and probably viable if it rains a bit more, or if it doesn’t. Car shuttle required; tea stop at Walton Bridge is a possibility; lunch is likely at Chino’s in Hampton.
|Come and try it day from the club (corporate event), 6pm
|Doggy Paddle, 15 miles downstream from Leamington to Stratford-upon-Avon in aid of the Guide dogs for the blind. Canoes and kayaks welcome. An early start will be required
Trip on the Wey to have a coffee in Godalming at Bel and the Dragon, formerly a congressional church built in the 1600’s, but recently redesigned.
Leaving Wey Kayak Club in Guildford at 09:30, we’ll paddle about 5 miles up to Godalming and land beside the bridge. Godalming town centre, and Bel and the Dragon, are just over the bridge.
|25th – 29th
|Canoe trip. The trip is going to take on the challenge of completing the Wye 100 Challenge. We will paddle the whole of the 100 navigable miles of the Wye from Glasbury-Chepstow. It will be four days paddling the beautiful rural river. There are grade 1-2 rapids and it will be in canoes by boat packing with camping at the end of each day. You will need to hold the BCU 2 star award and attend a canoe rescue session to revise the skills before we go.
|Colt Hill (upstream from Barley Mow)
|One way trip from Colt Hill to Mytchett – 16 miles, just 1 portage, with a good break at half way for lunch and a rest at the Fox and Hounds pub in Fleet. About 4hrs+ paddling with a fair wind and some flow. We’ll depart Bell Hill at 9am and leave a car at Mytchett beforehand to shuttle drivers back to the start point. For fit one star paddlers. Colt Hill is near Jn5 of the M3 about 40min from Bell Hill.
|Pope’s & Pint paddle. Leave Bell Hill @ 9am; portage Molesey then Teddington Lock. Then land at Swan Island, a ramshackle boatyard before Twickenham.Short walk across Radnor Gardens and we can inspect Pope’s Grotto on one of the few times it’ll be open to the public this year. Alexander Pope is one of the most famous former Twickenham residents, and the grotto is the last remaining part of his villa. Carry on to land at Isleworth by the London Apprentice and have some lunch. Load the boats on the cars and drive back to Bell Hill. About two and a half hours paddling in all. For fit one star paddlers.
|14th – 22nd
|Week-long trip to France.
|Wey Navigation Marathon. Godalming to Bell Hill (26 miles, 14 portages) lunch at the Anchor at Pyrford. – long day out – go at your own pace. We’ll need to make an early start and hopefully be able to arrange lifts down to Godalming. Its 15 miles to Pyrford where we can take a break for lunch. A further 5 miles takes us to Thames lock and the river and by going along the Desborough loop another 6 miles takes us to Bell Hill, a total of 26 miles!
|28th (not 21st)
|Leave Bell Hill at 9am and drive down the M3 to Swanwick (about 80 minutes driving). Paddle with the incoming tide:after half a mile we’ll come into peaceful countryside; maybe explore the sidearm to Botley; on to land at the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge. Lunch and paddle back to the cars at Swanwick. Maybe two hours paddling in all. For fit one star paddlers.
|Monday paddling trip on the Wey details tbd.