The first 4 of us assembled at the B&B during Friday evening, Adrian , Julia and Robin in time for dinner in Brecon. Lauren declined, opting for an early night. Later Marion & Alan arrived, just in time to talk Sam & Saeeda around the road works.
After Colin’s excellent breakfast, we set off to run Newbridge to Builth Wells, quickly observing the Wye was very low. This made the pleasant paddle rather technical by attempting to avoid submerged rocks. The flow through Kathy’s Corner looked less vicious than usual, but offered the challenge of a tighter line between the rocks on the first half. The kayaks succeeded with little trouble but the opens had a tougher time. All craft negotiated it successfully.
The low water had exposed a tree stuck at the second drop. After checking all alternatives, we reluctantly portaged round the drop to the corner pool and everyone completed the rest of the run successfully. We finished close on 5.00pm – bit late – but blamed the slow flow on the river. 7 miles in total. Levels 1.20 meters and falling on the Wye at Bwlth Wells.
After speedy showers, 7 of us returned to the Clarence in Brecon in Sam’s car for a delicious mixture of meals, served with true friendliness & style .
Sunday we opted for the 3 hour run from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye. Being downstream of Builth, it had more depth and flow but a severe head wind. Beautiful views in the sunshine, and a bit warmer. We played on the weir just outside Hay-on Wye – 5 miles in total.
By 2.00 pm it was all over. Packed up and adjourned for tea in the café. 15.30hrs, said our goodbyes and many thanks again to Adrian for arranging another great weekend on the Wye.
As you can see Sam B. demonstrated how to shoot the canoe shoot at Oak Weir with a smile, and Noels’ two lads loved their trip down their first shoot. Lets hope Noel didn’t get in trouble with Sarah when he got home! However you can only guess what happened to Joel next??? It was a good job there was a rescue party on hand!!!
After lunch some of us shoot sluice weir and the rescue party was not needed, which was a blessing. We paddled onto Yalding were got out and sorted the kit out. As usual we ended the day in Tea Pot Island cafe for tea and cakes, which helped to warm certain people up. Everyone had enjoyed themselves even if it was a cold day and we had paddled a total of 6 miles.
Purley Canoe Club even goes paddling during the Festive season regardless of the weather, with three trip during December 17 and January 18.
On the 16th December 2017 Marion and Alan lead a trip on the Wey Navigation. They started at Parvis Bridge and paddled downstream to the Thames. Along the way they stopped for lunch and 7 club members where on this trip. In total Alan, Marion, Sam K., Tracy, Reiss, Phil M. & D paddled a distance of 7.8 miles on this trip.
Every year the club has a “New Year Paddle” which is often organised by Adrian & Julia, 2018 was no exception. They ran another trip on the Wey Navigation starting at Parvis Bridge but this time they paddled upstream to Walsham Gates where they had lunch. After lunch they paddled back passed the Anchor Inn at Pryford Lock , and Parvis Bridge until they reached New haw lock, where they turned around. Paddled back to Parvis Bridge where they got out. Adrian, Julia, lauren, Sam B, Joel, Sam K. Tracey, Reiss Brian, Robin & Gary where on this trip and they paddled 7 miles each.
On the 27th January 2018 5 club members paddled around the Tonbridge Loop lead by kevin. They paddled a total of 5 miles and then they went to the cafe at the end of the day for a cup of tea. Kevin, Brian, Tracey, Reiss & Robin went out on this trip.
During September 2017 we held our annual Go canoeing event for new members which included 2 pool sessions and a day on reservoir.
The first two weeks were spent in the swimming pool learning the basics of canoeing. The new members developed their skills at turning the boat, going sideways, going forwards and backwards. During the last pol session they also practiced their capsize drill.
We rounded the day off with tea and cakes in the cafe and everyone was awarded a British Canoeing Paddlestart award. Everyone said they had a great day and they have all been on other club trips sense then.
Photos By Julia Barclay & article by Adrian Barclay
We weren’t really sure what the weather was going to be today because we had all seen different weather reports and it looked quite gloomy at the store this morning. The weather picked up nicely and the sun came out on us. There were Kevin, Lauren, Sam K and 2 newbies Anthony and Kirsten. Noel and another newbie Gill were planning on coming too but had to pull out at the last minute.
We paddled 3.3miles down to the Lock where we stopped for lunch. Lauren and Sam went down the chute after lunch and then we paddled back to the start, 6.6miles in total.
Article and Photos by Kevin Hardcastle Chairperson
This was a great opportunity for club members to try out different boats including a sea kayak, a sit on top and of course the usual open boat and normal kayaks. Joel’s & Mark’s family joined us for the day.
The weather was changeable from being sunny one minute to heavy rain the next. So we were all happy to dive for the café for shelter where we could have tea and cakes. However the weather didn’t stop the younger members of the group trying out their rescue and swimming skills,. even one of the older group members did some dive bombing at the end of the day.
By the end of the day everyone enjoyed themselves and they all said they want to come again.
It was a very nice day with lots of sun and no wind. We had quite a few new members on the trip but they were going faster that the older members of the Club. We had a great group shoot at the Medway Flood barrier just west of Tonbridge where the navigation of the Medway starts as it heads towards the sea.
We were going so fast we actually did the loop twice and then we went for tea and cakes in the cafe. We all had a great time
We had a great day down at Purley Festival. We gave out lots of leaflets and hopefully it will encourage new members to join the club.
We borrowed the ergo paddling machine from British Canoeing which went down well.
Can I say a big Thank You to Sam, Phil, Mike, Joel, Sam & Abi for all their help on the stall today.
On the last May bank holiday of 2017 (Friday 26/5/17 to Monday 29/5/17) we held our annual trip to the Wye valley where we paddled down the River Wye and played on Symmond’s Yat rapids. As usual we stayed at Elmsdale Caravan & Camping park near to Symmond’s Yat.
On Saturday we paddled from Symonds Yat West to Redbrook – 8.5miles
We had lunch at kern Bridge and after lunch we spent a few hours practicing a variety of rescue techniques used on moving water, including throw line practice, boat rescues, rolling, and using the “Wedge” to walk from one side of the river to the other side.
On Monday morning we spent a few hours playing on Symonds Yat before we travelled home.