“A Richmond Ramble” – Sunday 4 February 2018
The winter scene around Gayles was pretty stunning as well! At least we got out in the snow.
Pre-check of landing points and features for the open canoe series in the coming year, paddling between Neasham and Preston park to check put ins and navigation. Beautiful cold bright day. Ice in the shadows, gleaming water droplets in the sun.
(or How to avoid Christmas shopping crowds)
by Pete Bridgstock
The social committee decided to organize a ceilidh for everyone to join in this autumn. It meant members of all ages could come to Richmond and dance all evening.
The highlight of November 2017 was undoubtedly Mick's Big, Big, Birthday Ride. 14 people turned up, despite the weather forecast, at Bishop Auckland to join Mick on the ride to Barnard Castle to celebrate his 70th. The day was not quite as wet as forecast but the wind was stronger.
The Eighth Annual Mountain Bike Section Cake-Off took place in early November on a lovely sunny Sunday. Everybody met up at our house in Richmond and left their cakes in the kitchen to await our return.
When I suggested a weekend in Hawkshead in November my fingers were well and truly crossed. And it worked! We had three dry, mild days with hardly any wind - a great result.
Calva & Fremington Edge from Reeth, Thursday 9th November 2017
We'd planned this trip as an easy SRT excursion to Heron Pot. Heron has a couple of short pitches and an optional way out at the bottom. It does carry a decent stream however and high water levels make the pitches dangerous and the bottom exit impossible.
High levels forced us onto an easy section so a run down from Croft to Neasham today. Three kingfishers, lots of herons and several crocodiles cunningly disguised as logs. One tree strewn rapid needed portaging by some of the group though Alan, Emily and I got down okay.
This trip was billed as a medium multi day sea kayaking trip to a group of islands situated in the Firth of Lorn. The opportunity inspired three new sea kayak paddlers to take on the trip all having done two or three single day trips experiencing a variety of conditions.
The mystery tour attracted 8 riders at the start including the navigator. John H, Peter B, Steve and Mark L, Roly, Alec and Richard H. Setting off promptly at 10:00 O'Clock as a few people wished to be back by 17:00 p.m.