Previous River Trips

Wednesday Paddle Croft to Neasham Sept 13th 2017

Posted by Penny Swaine on 2017-10-02

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. Very fast but would have been totally uneventful except half way down a police helicopter started circling us. It stayed with us to Hurworth when a police officer called us to the bank side.

Summer on the Tees

Posted by Steven Land on 2015-08-15

We couldn't have really asked for more fortuitous weather: a solid day's rain on the Friday followed by a warm and sunny Saturday meant the levels were just about perfect for a jaunt on the upper Tees.

Dave Peel led a good sized pack of mixed ability paddlers with only a couple of late cancellations dwindling the numbers, but back injuries and broken toilets aside the magnificent seven were in good spirits and put in around 11 for an initial scrape leading to an early swim and rescue for newcomer James.

White Hot Heat of the Alps - 2015

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-07-31

Both Austria (two different bits) and France were visited by SOC paddlers this summer, but the Durance valley, camping at Argentière la Bessée was, as usual, the main event. The West, Adams, Waddington and Graystone families, and various individuals, (not all SOC members) Bill, Niki, Penny, Lisa and Richard, paddled over a two week or so period in late July which started with temperatures up to 40°C and didn't get much cooler except during brief storms.

River Ure, Ripon to Boroughbridge

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2015-04-24

by Helen Adams


Lucy (above) and Carwyn (below) on the Ure. Photos: Helen Adams

24/25th January 2015, North Wales

Posted by on 2015-02-21

by Pete Ball

Friday evening and the bar at The Eagles was warm and welcoming and those who arrived late could only wonder at the detailed planning which must have taken place earlier on. Clive, Alex McHugh and I arrived after 9pm but James and Marie had driven up in the day and both Susie and Rich live an hour or so away. Alex and Rich discovered they were at uni together which meant they could drink faster than the rest of us and would doubtless paddle better!

Big water days in Scotland

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-11-21

Four inches of rainfall was always going to provide interesting conditions for our first day on the water of a five-day half-term Scottish trip. Rivers were already tanking as we drove up on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday morning, the large number of boaters in the area seemed all to be driving round looking for anywhere un-scary enough to put on. We'd chosen a pretty tame bit of river - the Lower Orchy, but hadn't necessarily reckoned with the roads. Getting to the put-in was OK, but the river was certainly impressive.

River Ure easy paddle 2014-09-28

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-10-20

by Pete Ball

We met at Westwick Lock, which has a large grassy parking area. Environment Agency notices ask canoeists to use the jetties to get in and out of the river. However many of these are quite high and difficult for paddlers and at Westwick there's a beach which makes a much easier get-in.

Rivers are all running low because of the extended summer weather and it's still mild this morning on the last Sunday in September.

Club Camp - Troutbeck, Cumbria

Posted by Anna Broadley on 2014-07-20

Well, it’s not every year you get a weekend of good weather for club camp and although it rained on Saturday night, the days were dry, warm and sunny. Just right for a scramble up Blencathra for a large group of mixed ability and enthusiasm. Still the swim in the tarn on the way back down was ‘refreshing’ and enjoyed by many.


Scales Tarn, Blencathra

Clough and Swale - A Fine Day Out!

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-04-21

Gauges were up, and we had a small but viable group, so we were looking for small rivers that would be in condition. First choice was the Rawthey (again ? so soon ?) but it had stopped raining and by the time we were near Sedbergh it was clear that this had dropped off a bit too much. However, there still seemed to be quite a bit of flow at the take-out, which encouraged us to go and have a look at the other feeder, the Clough, which none of us had done before. It wasn't huge, but the book said certain rocks needed to be covered and they were, so we went for it.

Inaugural Upper Tees Creek Race - March 2014

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-03-16

Several club members took part in the Upper Tees Creek Race - organised by Rory Woods as a pilot for what is hoped to be an annual event. Low water perhaps deterred a number of people from traveling a significant distance but there were still over forty racing on the day and it attracted quite a lot of interest both from passing walkers and spectators who had come specifically to watch the event. It was also great fun!

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