The Somerset Frome and Dorset Stour and westwards
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I did the route East Stoke to Wareham at the weekend. River level was only just within banks, East Stoke bridge and the first river bridge downstream were impassable, requiring portage but the rest ok. 3 fishermen but no hassle, kept well away from them.
We went from East Stoke to Wareham today in a three seater canoe. No problems what so ever re low bridges, water levels or fishermen. We recommend to take insect repellent, plenty of horse flies out there. On the second half we met plenty of little motorboats, kayaks and rowing boats from the boat hire in Wareham.
An update 6 years from the last following our paddle today... Good parking near the bridge at East Stoke and a gate without a padlock on the right (east) just a little further on down (south) the road, provided access to a field upstream of the bridge to launch. 5 year old twins with their mum and dad on a sit on top 'ocean' (!) kayak. A beautiful paddle rich with wildlife including an otter, wonderful birdlife and as mentioned plenty of swans. It was a little faster than we expected, though it had rained in the preceding days, and we bumped along the bottom on a couple of occasions. Plenty of room under the bridges and good opportunities to stop for a picnic. It did indeed state 'no canoeing' at several points which was a touch difficult to get past the children ('we're on a kayak, not a canoe'). Just a single fisherman and he was friendly. We were not exactly welcomed by the Wareham canoe hire shop / centre and instead told that the public moorings were further on. Indeed, we tied up at Wareham Quay for an ice cream and then carried on until we pulled the kayak out at Redcliffe Farm campsite. Then a walk back to Wareham, train to Wool, and though we expected to walk back to East Stoke, a kind bus driver dropped us off at the turning on the main road back to Wareham. Then drove back to Redcliffe Farm to collect the kayak. A lovely day with kayaking enriching our lives (again).