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Wales weekend, Feb 23 -25 Feb 2018

Congratulations to Adrian for picking the one sunny weekend in February 2018. It was cold, but we paddled successfully before the Beast from the East arrived.

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.

Article Robin. Photos  & Videos by Robin & Adrian.

More excitement on the Medway

We always have fun on the Medway when we paddle from Hartlake Bridge down to Yalding, and our first trip down this section in 2018 was no exception. 

There were 13 people paddling on the 4/2/18 and we were lead by Robin. As usual the fun started at the first lock, – East Lock, when we went down the  first canoe Shoot.

Everyone made it down this first lock without any difficulties. The question was would everyone get down the next lock – Oak Weir – without a mishap!!!!

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!!!

As usual we had lunch at Sluice weir even if it was a bit cold. Thankfully some people came prepared with a bothy and we could not lose them as it was a bright yellow and purple colour!!

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. 

Photos by Adrian






Festive paddles 2017 / 2018

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.

Photos by Tracey Fuller and Adrian Barclay




Go Canoeing 2017

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.

   On the 30th September 2017 we all went down to Southwater lake to put the skills learnt in the pool into practice. In the morning everyone had a go at kayaking.

We then stopped for lunch and had a nice sandwich and a cup of tea from the cafe at Southwater lake. After lunch everyone open boating, both tandem and solo.

After the open boating a lot of people braved practising  their rescues skills of capsizing or falling out of a boat and swimming a shore.

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

Sunday 17th Sept – River Medway

We had a lovely river trip on the River Medway from Yalding down to Teston Lock and back.

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

River Cam 20/08/17

On the 20/8/17 Marion and Alan lead a trip along the River Cam on a section known as the college backs, where we got to dodge the punts and see the famous colleges of Cambridge.

Kings College

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Kings College

It was a very sunny day on the Cam after Jesus Green lock we started to bump into a large number of punts. Most of them went in a straight line but others got stuck across the river.

We stopped at Kings Mill for lunch which is the end o the navigation. After lunch Reiss went down the rollers and then we headed back past the punts towards Jesus Green lock.

When  we got to Jesus Green Lock some of the group seal launched of the lock whilst others had an ice cream and watch on in surprise.

We then headed back to the car after paddling 6 miles in total. The rough details of the trip  can be found at the following website:- 

Thanks to Marion & Alan for a great day out

Come and Try it day 5/8/17

On the 5/8/17 we had a club come and try it day at Southwater lake.

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.


16/7/17 Tonbridge loop

On the 16/7/17 Sam organised a trip on the Medway around the Tonbridge loop.

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

PCC at Purley Festival 2017

On Saturday 1st July 2017 Purley Canoe Cub had a stall at the 2017 Purley Festival.

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.

Kevin Hardcastle, Club Chairperson

Wye Weekend May Bank holiday 2017

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

 On Sunday we paddled from Ross on Wye to kern Bridge.

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.

Sam Boyd made the following comments about the trip:-

“Just to say thanks for a great weekend! I am shattered and Abigail slept for 13 hours!

Thanks for coaching/looking after us, and for all the bits and pieces i borrowed from the staples emporium”

Photos by Adrian Barclay. Videos by Sam Boyd & Adrian Barclay