More canoe passes for the Medway Canoe Trail

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More canoe passes for the Medway Canoe Trail

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Contractors working for the Environment Agency have just started construction of two new combined canoe and fish passes on the River Medway. The two sites to receive new passes are Tonbridge Lock and Oak Weir Lock. Completion of these two passes will mean it will be possible to paddle from Tonbridge to Yalding without any portaging.

To undertake these works (and others) the river is closed in this area for the duration of the works.

As always, details, timings and photos can be found here:

www.allingtonlock.co.uk

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Hi
Thank you very much for the info, that will be a fantastic improvement and make the run from Tonbridge to Yalding much better.
Previously the only piece of reliable "moving water" on the Medway was at Sluice Gate Weir , and Yalding when the gates opened, but now we can give beginners some "white water experience" at almost every drop , and we will certainly plan to make full use of this over the next months. Nothing helps hook people onto the sport more quickly than the buzz they get from being able to run a simpe drop when we do their first river trip.
Your work in accomplishing this is much appreciated.
Andy
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Brilliant!

I think that this work by the EA is a beacon to other regions as to what can be done to encourage recreation and to improve the river environment.

Just as Andy says, one simple fish pass and canoe sluice -
- Gives the users a huge buzz and inspiration.
- Saves portaging and lock use.
- is especially great for the physically challenged
- Makes the whole canoe trail much more attractive.
- Great entertainment for passing walkers.
- Good for the fish and ecolife of the river.
- Creates a simple relatively safe eddy for WW training.
- attracts tourist paddlers to this area of Kent.

Congratulations to the Medway Team!

Check out page 156 of Pub Paddles to see what I mean - one of the most inspiring photos in this best selling book.

Peter Knowles
Rivers Publishing

p.s. There is a negative - I can see is us having to change the recommended trip in the next edition to Tonbridge to Yalding!

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Presumably there is also an environmental benefit in not using a lock full of water for a few small canoes.

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Theoretically, although not reccomended you can continue through yalding as the weir is very easily paddleable...

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Ginge
Yes you certainly can paddle on through to Allington which ,makes it a longer trip where there is an excellent landing stage and changing facility, that makes it good for touring paddlers, DoE expeditions and other folk wanting to get more some distance.
Andy

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