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Club Trip to Earls Barton

A little while ago we – the Committee – acknowledged something that we had known for some time; that as a club, we were not running trips. We attract new members through the ‘Come & Try’ sessions and develop paddlers with the one and two star courses, but then people often find there’s not enough(…)

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Blast from the Past – 1998

Blast from the Past – 1998

To cut a long story short we paddled the Nene instead, I cannot help feeling I was robbed. But apparently Holme Pierrepont was washed out, and an executive decision was taken to paddle somewhere closer to holme. With the promise of moving water all the way, a rapid or two and a veritable selection box(…)

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RIVER WNION 09/12/18

RIVER WNION 09/12/18

So once again I find myself in North Wales with a good bunch of friends. The weather is reasonably mild at about 8 degrees, and at the moment it’s not raining. We’re standing in a layby at the get in for the Wnion.  We were discussing whether to paddle the Wnion, or weather to choose(…)

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To Dee or not to Dee, That is the question

To Dee or not to Dee, That is the question

This time we had plenty of notice and time to organise which makes a change for a kayaking trip. Matt and Frankie were planning on spending a weekend playing on the river Dee in north wales and offered it out to other keen people. After some back and forth messages we had organised where we(…)

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Weekend in North, North Wales…

Weekend in North, North Wales…

After a busy week at work I was looking forward to a weekend away boating. It was Friday evening by the time plans were being finalised, they mainly involved Ben picking Tom Brooks, myself and Sarah up quite early on Saturday morning and driving to wales. Come early Saturday morning Ben and his massive van(…)

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The March Trip Posse

The March Trip Posse

So, from Ogwen Valley Day two for me With a hearty breakfast cooked by Andrius We set off for a strong Grade 3 The Seiont river was chosen by Steve and Sarah Which I had not done before But hang on a minute what’s this I’m hearing? Some parts are a Grade 4   We(…)

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North Wales trip

North Wales trip

Saturday 4th March 2017 It was an early start as John and I decided to drive  down early Saturday morning. I arrived at John’s at 5am, loaded up and set off. The journey was good and we arrived at around 9am. Sarah messaged us to meet at the ‘get in’ to start the paddle on(…)

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Waterless Wales trip

Throughout  the summer we have had enough rain to bring many welsh rivers into condition but have unfortunately never been in the right place at the right time. We were therfore looking forward to a trip that was set for early November. Knowing that the rivers had been up most of the summer gave us(…)

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River Soca trip. June 2016

These are my memories of the club River Soca trip in Slovenia. It has been a while now, so rather than a day by day account, I will try to convey to you the sights and general feeling of the trip. Our group left for Slovenia tea time on Friday 22nd July. The group consisted(…)

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The River Mint

The River Mint

Despite being the biggest wuss when it comes to the cold, I love winter for the simple reason that it’s whitewater paddling season. I spend far too much time checking and rechecking forecasts searching out heavy rain. The chances of getting heavy rain at a time when we are not working, haven’t got family commitments(…)

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Waterless Wales

In the downstairs bathroom at Lledr House Hostel, where we stayed, was a quote “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass it is about dancing in the rain.” As a group we would have been happy with a storm of any kind as long as it contained rain and we would have been(…)

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Slovenia 2016

Slovenia 2016

Every year we try to put together a European kayaking trip to find some white water in the sunshine. The last few years we have been to Austria but this year we decided to try Slovenia. Dates were set for mid July and finally, after much waiting and planning, it was time to go. We(…)

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THE WALES BOATING DAY RUSH by Paul Eppy

On the morning of Wednesday the 30th December my alarm went off at 5.30 am then it hit me I am off to wales. The idea was to paddle the river Ceiriog there was 6 of us went down Steve, Sarah, Alan, Adrian, James and myself, Adrian wasn’t paddling due to a bad shoulder. So(…)

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Austria 2015

Austria 2015

After returning from a great week away last year we aimed to do the same again so since before Christmas we had been planning a return trip out to Au     stria for a week of white-water kayaking. The size of the group kept fluctuating but with 2 months to go we were settled with 9(…)

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