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by andy g
Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Boat Bags
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Boat Bags

Does anyone know who supplies boat bags nowadays?
I am looking for a padded bag approx 3m long for transporting my son's polo boat.
I have tried most of the usual suspects without success.
Any suggestions gratefully received
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What did you do this weekend?
Replies: 50
Views: 2548

Re: What did you do this weekend?

I was leading a group of 2* club members down the River Medway. Luckily the weather was great on Sunday , but the heavy rains of the previous days had put quite a flow on what is normally a placid river, and the weirs were all discharging fully, so we had to avoid the fierce moving water rather than...
by andy g
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River running old giffers...
Replies: 47
Views: 2982

Re: River running old giffers...

Nige At 50 you are a mere youngster. Meridian Canoe Club in SE London has a number active paddlers in their 60s and they are showing no signs of slowing down. After paddling in my teens I came back to canoeing when my son was 8 and he showed an aptitude for the sport . He is now 20 , and towers abov...
by andy g
Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommendations on Kayak Training (London & South UK)
Replies: 34
Views: 1357

Re: Recommendations on Kayak Training (London & South UK)

Dear RMK, Meridian Canoe Club is based in Bexleyheath , in SE London (It is probably not the easiest of journies for you, so if you can find something closer then that may be preferable). We have a whole load of people who have progressed through the 1 and 2 Star tests this summer and are in a simil...
by andy g
Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teifi Tour
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: Teifi Tour

Can I just give out thanks to all at Llandysul Paddlers for an excellent Teifi Tour over the weekend. OK, it is a long drive from SE London , but worth it for a river that none of us had previously paddled. The levels were a good low/medium which made some of the larger features very technical and s...
by andy g
Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wokingham half term kayaking
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Wokingham half term kayaking

Mike Bexley Council ran a similar scheme in conjunction with Meridian Canoe Club just prior to the summer holidays. They funded the scheme and we provided the equipment and the coaching. We were running a class almost each evening after school, some of them up to 40 paddlers. It proved to be very po...
by andy g
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teifi Tour
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: Teifi Tour

Rich Send an email to Gareth at Llandysul , he replies in a day or so. His address is Bpaddlers <at> aol.com He confirmed it is OK to pay on the day for the river side of things, not sure about the camping/party as we are not up for that. Here's hoping the weather forecasts are right and rain is on ...
by andy g
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teifi Tour
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: Teifi Tour

Yes 4 of us coming up from Meridian CC from SE London. We are doing rain dances nightly to encourage the wet stuff!
Are there local alternatives if it really is too low?
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Responses required
Replies: 304
Views: 16370

Re: Responses required

Done
On behalf of 165 members of Meridian Canoe Club
It took me a little longer than 5 minutes , but I feel the effort is justified.
If only we could have the same policies as Norway!
Andy
by andy g
Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suggestions for a trip to Wye and Symonds Yat.
Replies: 18
Views: 892

Re: Suggestions for a trip to Wye and Symonds Yat.

Just a to add a little to the above. Kern Bridge (the lay by is about 500 metres downstream from the bridge on the left bank) is the best get on for a 1 day trip to Symmonds Yat if the river is at summer flows, if there is a lot of water you could try getting at Ross on Wye (easy to to see the acces...
by andy g
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HELP DofE Canoe River Tweed
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: HELP DofE Canoe River Tweed

Alex I appreciate your predicament having been involved on DoE expeditions on the River Wye. I would struggle to help you practically because I am only an L2 coach (but why do you need a Level 3?) , have booked a holiday at that time, and our club could only provide about 4 canoes from SE London whi...
by andy g
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Boat, Which club?
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Which Boat, Which club?

Santino In view of your location in London and your interests in slalom and freestyle , you might wish to give Islington Boat Club a try. I think they are www.islingtonboatclub.org.uk but could not get that to work a few minutes ago. If you you ever come to the south east part of London you would be...
by andy g
Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: WATER LEVEL, ACCESS AND HAZARD UPDATES: Southwest England
Replies: 15
Views: 8995

Re: WATER LEVEL, ACCESS AND HAZARD UPDATES: Southwest England

What is likely to be running this weekend 21/22 Feb in the Dartmoor area at Grade 3/3+?
Mixed ability group with good coaches and have driven from SE London so we are prepared to travel to find the water.
Regards
Andy
Meridian CC
by andy g
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: London Uni / London Clubs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: London Uni / London Clubs?

Hi If you want to play polo seriously outside of the university network then Meridian CC based in Bexleyheath is a good bet, they are also active in ww racing which ticks 2 of your boxes. However in London you will probbaly find things are dictated by travelling times. Getting around in London is no...
by andy g
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread + Twitter Feed
Replies: 155
Views: 23576

Re: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread

Thanks Ed and Baz We ran the Crake and racecourse section of the Leven on the Saturday, both were lacking water but runnable. On the Sunday we joined the Open day on the Leven and ran the racecourse but continued on through the bottom part of the run. Again the level was low, but there was enough wa...
by andy g
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread + Twitter Feed
Replies: 155
Views: 23576

Re: Lake District Water Levels Discussion Thread

Any ideas waht might be running weekend of Feb 7/8. Mixed ability Group so we are looking for mainly 2/3 and possibly 4 minus. Staying in Kirby in Furness so looking at Leven , Crake, Duddon , but having come from SE London we are prepared to travel to find water so possibly Lune? Have looked at the...
by andy g
Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best touring river ...
Replies: 18
Views: 1042

Re: Best touring river ...

Wye Every time. Especially for multi day trips because there are good campsites/hostels on the river bank. Excellent for groups of lower abilities, but also such good scenery that even the most jaded of us would find something to look at. Excellent widlife , especially the flying kind, Also good und...
by andy g
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For sale Pyrahna H3
Replies: 6
Views: 472

Re: For sale Pyrahna H3

What size is the boat , Kev , S/M/L?
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye levels
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

For all of you who offered advice and help many thanks. Our DoE group ran the Wye from Mordiford to Newport over the last 3 days with no problems , and even ran Symmonds Yat (see separate post). The river level was about 3 feet above normal but dropped each day and is now closer to 2 foot. The flow ...
by andy g
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: symonds yat
Replies: 7
Views: 5287

Update : Sept 17th

As reported by others the river is closed for the contractors to be able to work on the rapids BUT there is a fair chance that you can run them legally by co-operating with the site engineer. Just after the ferry crosses the river there is a new set of steps , river left, land here and there is a wa...
by andy g
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye levels
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Thanks Guys , Obviously I had not taken that into account, looks like a long portage! Oh well.
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye levels
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Thanks Tony & Wezzy I understand the level was too high on Wednesday, but now there is no rain forecast at least until Tuesday, it should have a good chance of dropping to a manageable level. We were planning to run Symmonds Yat in boats. Unless there is something I have not taken into account? In h...
by andy g
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye levels
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Thanks Si I have just been told that Monmouth Rowing Club have 2 feet of water in their basement and that there are trees blocking the bridge arches at Monmouth, so I expect it would be similar at Ross on Wye. As of today it would obviously be no-go, but there is time for things to change before we ...
by andy g
Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye levels
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

River Wye levels

I have a DoE expedition going from Hereford to Monmouth next weekend (Sept 14/15/16) with a mixed ability group. Currently the Usk & Wye Foundation webcams show the levels to be over the gauges, but does anyone have any better information on the actual conditions. Is there enough clearance under the...
by andy g
Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye camping
Replies: 10
Views: 7887

Hi Penny
Hoarwirthy to Biblins is 26 miles , that must have been some paddle for DoE students! Was it a Gold expedition?
I am keeping mileages down to 15 to 18 for Silver.
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye webcam
Replies: 4
Views: 1582

Thanks John, I had already found this article from earlier research , as you say thoroughly recommended, and really well written with all sorts of interesting peripheral information, which can lift the participants to new levels of appreciation. There is another one for the River Severn, but these a...
by andy g
Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye camping
Replies: 10
Views: 7887

My thoughts entirely. I did a quick recce her for a Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition , and I was impressed with Luckshall and Welsh Bicknor , but I dismissed Benhall Farm as being totally unhygenic and very poorly maintained and run. Looks like I made the rigth decision. Hoarwirthy was just a fie...
by andy g
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye webcam
Replies: 4
Views: 1582

Wye Webcams

Thanks John,
This tell me that the webcam on the EA site is the one at Builth Wells , I will use the one at Luckshall Campsite as a better guide for our trip. Many thanks for your help.
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: River Wye webcam
Replies: 4
Views: 1582

River Wye webcam

This webcam is on the Environment Agency website, but with no reference as to where it is on the river , or what the figures mean. Does anyone here have any data on it. I am specifically interested in the section Hereford to Monmouth with a mixed ability group doing the paddle for their Duke of Edin...