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by neilos
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Stratford to Bidford on Avon
Replies: 1
Views: 1725

Re: Stratford to Bidford on Avon

A nice paddle via lots of locks with not much planning for canoes. There is a pub on the riverbank in Wellford. My boys lost one cheap paddle but we managed to catch up with it. We paddled until dark which was nice but made portage a bigger pain, should have given ourselves more time. If anyone want...
by neilos
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Stratford to Bidford on Avon
Replies: 1
Views: 1725

Stratford to Bidford on Avon

I am planning a canoe trip from Stratford Upon Avon down to Bidford on Avon. Has anyone completed this section? I know I can drop in at the park and get out at the bridge in Bidford. Does anyone know if there a riverside pub in Welford on Avon, approx time to paddle between Stratford and Bidford and...
by neilos
Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Norfolk Broads Campsites Rivers etc
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Norfolk Broads Campsites Rivers etc

Thanks for the info Eliza, I've changed my plans and decided to camp at a child friendly site near Cromer and travel down to the Broads as days out.
If you see a crazy family wobbling along in a red canoe give us a wave.
Neilos
by neilos
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Norfolk Broads Campsites Rivers etc
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Norfolk Broads Campsites Rivers etc

I'm planning a canoe trip to the Norfolk Broads. Can anyone recommend a nice campsite that allows camp fires - preferably in a good location for river paddles away from petrol engines.
Any advice on good spots and advice concerning the Broads would be most welcome.
Neil
by neilos
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Re: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall

I spent two great weeks in Corwall, staying at Berryfields Campsite which is very close to Porthcothan Beach. Berryfields is a really friendly campsite and very cheap. I was able to wheel my sit on top kayak down to the beach. Coming back uphill is a bit more taxing but there is a pub at the top of ...
by neilos
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Re: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall

Thanks Andy (and everyone else) after telling my lads about Booby's Bay and Stinking Cove I am now committed to Porthcothan as a place to camp. I will bring a kayak and a surf board and check out a few of the local spots.
Neilos
by neilos
Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Re: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall

Thanks for all the advice and information. We all wear buoyancy aids as a rule and have had a few trips together on gentle flowing rivers and close to the open water not too far out. I am very aware of how easy it is to be blown out to sea and appreciate the useful link to the wind forecast site. I ...
by neilos
Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcothan Bay Cornwall
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Porthcothan Bay Cornwall

Hi does anyone have experience of kayaking at Porthcothan Bay, Cornwall or in the nearby area. I'm interested to know if the bay is a safe spot fortaking my sons on a Bic sit on top surf kayak. Also has anyone stayed at nearby Berryfields campsite or Old MacDonalds at the top of Portcothan hill? If ...
by neilos
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Re: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?

I took the boys for a gentle paddle away from the weirs in the end. Can I assume the term sticky means getting stuck on the weirs? I have shot a few on the Avon between Leamington and Stratford Upon Avon during the annual doggy paddle- loved it. When I asked the locals in the Crow pub they had quite...
by neilos
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Re: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?

I'll ask the locals what Itchen means - if I can find any real local people that is. I kayaked with my two boys from the Leam boat centre in Leamington at the weekend, it was nice, calm and gentle and perfect for the boys. The canal overspill is a bit of a worry. I haven't managed to explore further...
by neilos
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Re: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?

Can I assume the picture is of the river Itchen? If so have you managed to paddle on it?
It looks tame enough to take a child along which is what I am looking to do. Looking at the map I also see that the river leam is nearby too so that may be a possibility.
by neilos
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Is River Itchen (Warwickshire) Kayakable?

Hi, I am spending a few days camping near Long Itchington in Warwickshire. I know there is a small river nearby caled The river Itchen. Does anyone know if I would be able to paddle it and where any legal access points to the river are?
Regards Neilos
by neilos
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Coleman Fastback Inflatable kayak
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Coleman Fastback Inflatable kayak

Does anyone have experience of this kayak : Coleman Fastback Inflatable kayak. I have seen one locally at quite a low price and wondered if its worth buying as a cheap infaltable for slow rivers and sea surf?
Any info most welcome.
Neilos
by neilos
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

Having just done a quick reckie I think my earlier cushion rack idea was too much youtube waiting to happen. I will take a mask and snorkel to pembrokeshire and look for gobby fish.
by neilos
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

Thanks for that info Adrian, I'm not long back from Ireland where I got very wet on a motorbike - the highligh of the trip was riding my bike through a river ford.
neilos
by neilos
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

As I spent today getting the brakes on my van fixed I failed in my quest to get suitable roof bars or handirack thing for my old van. I am thinking of strapping my BIC Ouassou or stunt bat kayak onto the roof of my old Mazda Bongo using the rear spoiler and some cushions between. I have good quality...
by neilos
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

I finally got my side windows open and think that it would work through them. However I'm not sure if the handirack is wide enough for the roof of my Mazda van as my car roof bars were way too short. I need about 52" width. Does anyone know how wide the handiracks are?
Thanks Neilos
by neilos
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

Thank, for the pointer some good information there. Does anyone have experience of using them on a van with only two doors butsliding side windows also?
Neilos
by neilos
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks (Anyone Used One?)

I've been looking at Handi Rack Inflatable Roof Racks and would like to know if anyone has used one? If so would they be able to take two kayaks?
Regards Neilos
by neilos
Mon May 04, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast

I took both Kayaks in the end, I took my lad out on the Bic and had some paddles by myself in the stunt bat - I'm really glad I took it now. Thanks for persuading me to do so. I found a really good campsite at Caerfai Bay. The place is a real gem, gorgeous views out onto the Pembrokeshire coast, ver...
by neilos
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast

After checking out the information on Ramsey Island and The Bitches I think I'll stick to a more gentle paddle close to the shore.
Neilos
by neilos
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast

Thanks for the information - I feel better about strapping it onto my already un aerodynamic campervan and slowly driving across from the waterless midlands. I love the idea of paddling over to Ramsey Island. Can I ask approximate time for the paddle and the best place to launch and land?
Neilos
by neilos
Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast

I was going to possibly take both as I have a young son who sits on the bic. What I'm trying to find out is how the stunt bat will fair in sea water, for instance should it start taking in water will it float or sink? It has two air bags in the rear. I have only used it on rivers before. I have used...
by neilos
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Taking a Stunt Bat to Pembrokeshire coast

Hi I'm hoping I can get some advice on a trip to the pembrokeshire coast next week. I was planning to take my Bic Ouassou kayak which is good getting through surf etc. Is it worth also taking my old Pyranha Stunt Bat Kayak, would this get me through breaking surf waves and onto the flatter water or ...
by neilos
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Stunt Bat kayak (too small)
Replies: 5
Views: 3942

Re: Pyranha Stunt Bat kayak (too small)

Thanks for all the advice I'll start searching on ebay.
Neilos
by neilos
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Access on The River Leam, Warwickshire
Replies: 0
Views: 163

River Access on The River Leam, Warwickshire

I recently launched near the bridge in Offchurch and paddled towards Leamington on the river Leam. I reached the floodgate spinney just before Offchurch Bury Park. At this point I was told by a local landowner that I was on a private section of the river Leam. He said I could not continue towards Le...
by neilos
Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Photography Training
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Photography Training

After working in photography and being able to use a camera quite well I found I was no longer taking photographss. I enrolled onto a BTEC photography course to make myself take photographs again. The course was run by a proffessional photographer who knew his stuff and was really good at passing hi...
by neilos
Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Stunt Bat kayak (too small)
Replies: 5
Views: 3942

Pyranha Stunt Bat kayak (too small)

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I wasn't sure where to post. I have been using a Pyranha Stunt Bat kayak for river trips. I am about 5ft 9/10 " tall. After a couple of hours paddling I find the kayak somewhat cramped and my feet feel almost numb - the kayak seems too small. I have adjusted the ...
by neilos
Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: The River Leam
Replies: 8
Views: 6925

Re: The River Leam

Following the advice of Graham, I launched near the bridge in Offchurch and paddled towards Leamington on the river Leam. I came across two trees which had fallen across the river , the first I was able to paddle over at speed, the second scramble through the branches. I reached the floodgate spinne...
by neilos
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: WATER LEVEL, ACCESS AND HAZARD UPDATES: English Midlands
Replies: 10
Views: 5587

Re: leptospirosis, canals and rivers

I have been told to avoid kayaking on canals because of possible leptospirosis infection. However I reguarly see organised groups kayaking on canals in Coventry and warwickshire. Should I heed the advice or is it ok to kayak on the canal without open cuts etc. Also I asume the case of leptospirosis ...