Previous River Trips

The South Tyne from a Kayak Novice Perspective

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-03-17

by Tony Johnson

Let me explain first that novice doesn't always mean young. I decided to take up kayaking as a 50th birthday present to myself with the aim of gentle paddling on lakes or barely moving water. However, with each outing I felt the need to have a go at something a little more exciting and eventually took the plunge, both metaphorically and literally, and joined SOC.

Two trips down the Lune

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-03-10

We've paddled the Lune three times this winter, the first time being at the end of the Boldron Paddlefest in October, when we had quite a good level. The two trips described here were both on days in 2011 when almost nothing else would have run, emphasising the trip's potential as a fallback when the rain gods are busy elsewhere.

An excursion into Wildswimming - the Tees Greta

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-01-16

The usual January drought was forecast to end and we were watching the EA gauges for our favourite rivers to come up. By Friday, four of us had optimistically decided that the Tees Greta was the river to do on Saturday. The 07:00 update on the gauge said 0.45m on a falling trend - way too low, but the EA was updating the info hourly - always a clue that they expect a steep rise. By 08:00 it was 0.46m, and by 09:00, 0.49m. Jim reckoned that a lot of very heavy rain was forecast for the next couple of hours so we all set off.

Boldron Paddlefest 2010

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2010-11-01

First an apology to those who phoned up thinking the "Boldron Paddlefest" was a proper organised event like the Tyne Tour ... it was just a bunch of paddling friends we invited up for a few days, and added the event to the SOC programme to see if a few more bodies could be tempted out midweek.

Half term, and a mix of people we've met paddling in the alps and those who have been on Plas-y-Brenin courses with the kids turned up at Boldron, to give a bit of sociable paddling for all ages - teenagers aren't always enthused about paddling with their parents' generation. Not everyone knew each other, and there were one or two who had been told not to paddle anything too hard, whilst others didn't necessarily want to. We'd hoped to finish on a high with the Upper Tees, but eventually we scaled the ambitions down just a little, and still had five days of good paddling.

The Splendours of Norway

Posted by James Hastings on 2010-08-30

by James Hastings

You could be forgiven for thinking that you need to be a Grade 5 jar-head to get the best out of paddling in Norway from the tone of some articles written about the country, often by very good paddlers who should know better. This is tosh. While there are plenty of continuous Grade 5s and humoungous waterfalls to throw yourself down, there is plenty to occupy the more cautious paddler, although it probably isn’t the best location for beginners or novices. Having said that, Norway is a great destination for a multi-activity holiday combining river and sea kayaking, cycling and walking.

Alps 2010

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2010-07-24

The SOC trip to the alps 2010 has now returned to the UK with well over a thousand photos and several hours of video to wade through (the activity level was sufficiently high that we didn't have enough time to keep up the daily reports...).

More midsummer whitewater

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2010-06-09

2010 midsummer - if there's rain, there's rivers to run


Upper Tees - July 17th

Dangar Island, escape living on The Hawkesbury River

Posted by Ernie Cooper on 2010-05-02

The jumping off point for Dangar Island is Brooklyn which, unlike its larger, more cosmopolitan New York namesake, is a small rural riverside community in New South Wales. It is accessed by the northbound M2 motorway from Sydney or the railway to Hawkesbury station.

An Eerie Journey

Posted by Ernie Cooper on 2010-05-01

Our rotation moulded plastic sea kayaks slid smoothly off the weed covered launch ramp and out across the calm surface of the river through areas that were coated in the pollen of Casuarina trees. The grotesque looking limbs of long dead trees protruded from the water creating an eerie scene as we made our way upstream.

River Lune 2010-02-07

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-07

by Sarah Waddington

On Sunday the 7th of February, a group of six brave people took to the river. Those six were: Andy Waddington, Mary Waddington, Sarah Waddington, Doug Florence, Rosie Florence and John Flitcroft. However melodramatic this may sound, the river was unfortunately low and it soon became clear it was not going to be quite the adrenalin rush of a trip we had expected. Beginning with the long walk down to the river, we arrived and cheerfully got onto the river. We immediately realised that our boats would lose a good amount of plastic on the trip and set off with slightly grim faces as we bumped and scraped our way down the first rapid.

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