Category Archives: Kayaking

Postings regarding my kayaking experiences

Rolling – It’s all in the mind

An interesting article published in BCU CoEd. This might explain why people find it difficult to roll. Rolling Article

Alps Trip 2009

Date 6th – 16th July
For me it started with a paddle down the Verdon from Castellen to the start of the Gorge section. Two days latter I meet up with my friends from Reading University canoe Club for five days of Alps paddling. The high light was at the end of the week with a jump of the bridge at the bottom of the Ubay. Alps Gallary

Rivers paddled.
Verdon – Castellen
Durance – St Clements to Embrum
Upper Guil
Upper Guisane
Lower Guisane
Ubay and the Racecourse

Oxford Open Canoe

Start Heyford
Distance 10 mile / 16 Km
End Kidlington

River Cherwell is a small river flowing from Banbury in the North and joins the Thames at Oxford. For most of the way the Oxford cannel travels parallel with it and in part the Cherwell is used to link the cannel with the river Thames.

Nine of use in four open canoes set of from Hayford on Saturday (lay by on left at traffic light coming into Hayford). The first kilometre was easy going then soon after Roshean there was a two-kilometre stretch of heavy wooded area with lots of fallen trees. The river then goes under the railway bridge and starts to run parallel with the cannel (should have done cannel to this point then joined the river).

The rest of the river was easier to navigate but with some tree dodging. The weir at the Rock of Gibraltar was run river right J. The weirs were the cannel and Cherwell meet is not run able. (Note: you need to portage back onto the cannel at thrump).

Start Kidlington
Distance 7 mile / 11 Km
End Oxford

Sunday was a sorter paddle Kidlington on the cannel to Dukes Cut, running Kings weir down to Port meadow with a quick stop at the trout pub before continuing to Binsey. At Binsey we left the main stream and run the two weirs that make up the old bathing place at the back of the allotments in Botley then continued past MFI and got out at the next foot bridge.

Easter Paddling – Scotland

Easter week was spent in the highlands of Scotland. Myself and 10 other members of Reading University Canoe Club spent a week paddling in and around Fort William. The weather was beautiful making the scenery spectacular. The rivers were very low for this time of year but we did run some of the traditionally run Scottish rivers. Our accommodation was Chalet in Roybridge – (see pictures).

Boy’s Kayaking Weekend

David, Kev and myself didn’t leave Oxford till late Friday night (7pm). The journey down was uneventful our accommodation and destination was the Jessie James Bunkhouse Lemberis North Wales. The bunkhouse was a little hard to find fortunately the local police were on hand, pulling us over and asking if we where ok. We’re looking for here showing him the address. Sorry don’t know was the reply and promptly went on his way. We did find it eventually.

Ogwen Bank Falls
Saturday the decision was to paddle the Ogwen putting in just below Ogwen bank falls our fist swimmer was at Gun Barrel 500 meters from the start. The next swimmer was at Bethesda falls me a slight knock to the head meant I had to get off the water ably assisted by Kev while the others continued.

Flesh wound
The trip to banger A&E was in a local lady’s mini. So there we where Banger A&E full paddling kit dripping wet you can imagine the seen. Anyway four hours later and seven stitches Pob picked us up. The evening was a laid back affair with just a few drinks.

Sunday was a trip to the Mawddach most of the time I spent in the car nursing my wounds. Did get on to paddle the last 1km of the river before the journey home.

Coaching Wednesday

This year once again I have been kayak coaching the 2nd Abingdon Scouts. Number have varied this year from three to nine. A good crowed need to encourage them to put more effort in. One evening we enbarked on a trip down the main river Thames to Osney returning via the back water.