Previous River Trips

Lots of room (and water) at the Inn

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-09-10

The trip to Austria was certainly a success in terms of the amount of paddling we did, and any attempt to give a river-by-river account seems destined to occupy more space than the newsletter has available for several issues in a row, so I'll try to give an overall summary and details on just two or three rivers.

Lancaster Canal

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-06-11

by Pete Ball

The Lancaster Canal had been in our programme for the last three years and this year we had enough paddlers to make it a day trip. The forecast wasn't great and so on 12th May it was with grim determination that four of us headed towards Galgate. There's a Craft Centre where we met up for coffee. It just happens to back onto the canal, they wouldn’t let us leave cars there but did direct us to a very good spot to get in, next to bridge 89.

Easter Whitewater trip, Fort William

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-05-10

Following our 2012 Easter whitewater trip, with various friends, we were keen to include more SOC members this year, so the trip grew ... and grew - until we found ourselves with twenty two paddlers. This was perhaps too big a group, as we ended up split across three rented houses, one of which was not really within walking distance of the other two. It was also too many to all eat together in one house, so the trip was not as cohesive as we could have hoped.

Tees Barney to Winston Feb 2013

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-03-12

by Ann Jones

The group of paddlers, including Pete, Clive, Alex, Iggy, Don, Ann and Andy (a newcomer and refugee from the flat waters in the South)  met at the sills to decide our plan of action. Pete had originally put this down as a trip to Cumbria, and the Kent was still a possibility. We decided against a trip to the other side of the country as levels were low and the Tees was clearly in a good condition. What is more, the mist had just cleared and the sun had come out.

Back to the Lune

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-02-11

I'd put Borrow Beck on the programme, with the Lune as fallback. Spate becks are always likely to be out of condition, but putting these trips on the programme at least reminds people that there are things to paddle apart from the usual suspects, and there's no extra travel for a safer bet nearby.

Little Eggleshope Beck

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-02-11

Little really is the operative word here...

Kent, Leven, Upper Tees

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-02-11

We had quite a few people keen to paddle on Saturday following the very wet period over New Year. The Kent had dropped off to a quite nice level, whereas Windermere keeps the Leven high for much longer and this was at quite a chunky level compared to the last time I paddled it (as a fallback when the Keswick Greta was too low).

New Year Paddlefest

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-02-11

The Boldron New Year gathering seems to have grown even bigger than our October Paddlefest, with more than 25 paddlers on some days and SOC members making up a fair proportion of those on the river. Even with two different rivers each day and splitting into two groups on each river, that has meant some biggish groups on the water for the harder rivers.

Tees Greta, December 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-01-14

by Pete Ball

Sunday 23rd December had plenty of water in the rivers but gales too and worse on the west of the country. We had arranged to meet at Bowes and drive across to the Lakes to paddle the River Kent but the drive would be horrible and paddling south into the high winds would be unpleasant.

Two Months in Chile

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-01-13

by Sarah Waddington

I arrived in Chile, meeting other students at Santiago airport where we found that my paddle bag (with most of my clothes) was still in Madrid. We then flew into Temuco, where we loaded all the bags, kayaks and kids into the trailer and car, before heading to Pucón Kayak Hostel and hitting the water! We paddled the Lower Trancura, which although a very easy stretch, has big wave trains and I was very nervous. I was super tired because of jet lag, so after tea I headed straight to bed!