Abbey backwater - Chertsey bridge to Penton Hook

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pjaaaag
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Abbey backwater - Chertsey bridge to Penton Hook

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Has anyone paddle through the Abbey (Thames backwater) between Chertsey weir and Penton Hook in the past couple of weeks (i.e. early October 2020)?

Is it navigable in an open canoe? Floating pennywort & fallen trees have put the scuppers on our last two attempts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_River

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Re: Abbey backwater - Chertsey bridge to Penton Hook

Post by Mal Grey »

It was over a month ago when I last paddled it. At that stage, there were a few trees down, but a little work with a small saw cleared them and generally the trees were straightforward ducks with one "step over". So trees should be fine, but take a saw.
At that point there was only a little pennywort, in the section between the Abbeyfields park and the weir, and it was passable with little effort. However, since then, other local areas that had a little pennywort at the time, have become inundated with the stuff quite badly, due I think to the low flow rates allowing it to spread out across the water. I would imagine it will now be hard work again, and I normally find it worst in autumn. But that's half the fun of the Abbey...

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Re: Abbey backwater - Chertsey bridge to Penton Hook

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Thanks Mal. Will probably take an open then with room for saw and machete.
Phil

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