Planning a trip

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Planning a trip

Post by DanHoughton » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:35 am

Hi All

Newly registered poster, and complete canoeing Newbie.

I’m after some advice and recommendations.

Myself and friend are planning a 2 day/3night canoeing trip. We are looking to hire (or possibly buy to sell after) a 2 man open kayak (Canadian Style I think).

I live in Somerset, and he lives in Hertfordshire, ideally a nice stretch of river in between us, for the whole duration of our trip, although this isn’t set in stone.

We will be camping, and taking all gear with us. Travelling light as possible. We are thinking completing 20 to 30 miles over the days. Is this doable for novices?

We would have 2 cars and would leave one at the end point of the trip then drive to the start, and on completion collect the other car.

Any advice, locations, or thoughts appreciated!
Dan Houghton

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Re: Planning a trip

Post by Chris Bolton » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:28 pm

I suggest the River Wye: ... oss-on-wye ... s-yat-east

You'll find loads of information on Song of the Paddle, as well. Their search tool doesn't work for 3 letter words, so use site: wye

The most important piece of safety advice is to keep away from trees. Most of the river is flat, but if you make a mistake on the rapids, and you're wearing buoyancy aids, it only means getting wet - unless you get caught in a tree and pushed under.

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Re: Planning a trip

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Re: Planning a trip

Post by Mal Grey » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:04 pm

The Wye is a good option.

Another might be the Upper Thames from Lechlade to Oxford-ish, a surprisingly remote and rural feeling river.

As mentioned, Song of the Paddle is the place for open canoe questions, and also check Paddle Points for ideas.

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Re: Planning a trip

Post by John K » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:10 pm

Or further down the Thames is also good. There’s canoe hire at Henley and it’s a great two day trip from there down to Windsor, overnighting at Cookham.

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Re: Planning a trip

Post by Jim » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:37 pm

There are quite comprehensive guidebooks available for canoeing both the Wye and the Thames. Perfect for planning and deciding which to do.

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Re: Planning a trip

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