If you can "easily afford it", I don't see how you could consider £17 an unfair price. At Lee Valley, an hour on the Olympic and an hour on the Legacy will together cost you £16, one pound less than a full day at CIWW. I've heard/read lots of complaints about Lee Valley, but never that it's too expensive.PaddyW wrote: Happy to pay parking at Tryweryn. Last time I went that was the only fee.
Happy to pay parking at SY and launch fee.
Not happy to pay £17 to paddle at CIWW. Great facility but poor pricing/management. If you only visit once or twice a year you had to fill out three forms every time you visited. Everyone asked for membership to stop the ludicrous form filling. So they wopped on a £5 charge for membership which is compulsory and needs to be renewed each year. So if you now visit once or twice a year you still have to fill out lots of forms, pay an additional £5 on top and £17 is too much. I can easily afford it but I don't consider it a fair price.
White water courses have to pay for themselves and if they don't, they close. I may be wrong, but I'd be surprised if most of them would break even if it weren't for subsidies - and it's obvious how precarious subsidies are at the current time.
As for the form-filling... Other posters have been praising CIWW because all you have to do is fill in a form, rather than take an assessment like at Lee Valley. There's no pleasing some people!