Saturday was very windy and a bit damp. We paddled from the campsite through the old lock and round to the outskirts of Dilham. Returned through hail storm and against the wind -total distance 6.5 miles
Sunday was not as windy with a lot more sun, but we still had an opportunity to use our sails to sail across the open Barton Broad. Paddling from Stallham staithe, across barton Broad to have lunch at Instead and finished at Ludham Bridge – total miles 7.5miles
The other half of the group went kayaking with kevin.
After about 2hrs on the water we all stopped for lunch. After lunch everyone swapped around so those who went kayaking in the morning went open boating in the afternoon and those who went open boating in the morning went kayaking in the afternoon.
We had a good river trip on Sunday paddling down the Mole, which was postponed from last Sunday due to the snow! We had a bit of a delay getting to the get-in because of a large rugby event in Brockham and then had to do the shuttle to Leatherhead whilst Adrian started to cut away a few branches from the fallen trees to give us a route through!
We headed off down the river weaving our way through the trees towards the first feature. The river levels were very good, not too high and not too shallow! We arrived at the Watermill Weir and all dropped over it without any issues but it was a bit too shallow to play in.
The next feature we arrived at was Dorking Weir which was at a good level to run. We all got down safely without any capsizes and then everyone had a go at side surfing in the stopper at the bottom without any swims.
Moving on towards the Stepping Stones, we came across a fallen tree right across the river without any way through, except for over the tree. As time was moving on, we decided to portage there and have lunch. After a brief lunch we walked round the tree and were back on the water heading down towards the ‘Stones’. By this time it was mid afternoon, so looking at how far we still had to travel, we made the decision to get out at the ‘Stones’ and finish the trip there. This was a great idea except that we had all the cars in Leatherhead and 1 car back in Brockham and none where we were! A quick call to the local taxi firm soon fixed this and Sam was whisked back to Brockham to pick up his car to start ferrying the drivers to Leatherhead.
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.
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.