Please find below the details of the planned Club Activity for Sunday 31st July.
Please read the details below to ensure the activity is suitable and you have the required kit to participate. Failure to be in possession of the required kit on the day would result in your exclusion from the activity. The club does have a limited amount of kit which can be loaned by arrangement prior to the activity.
Please bear in mind that conditions can change at any point and the final decision rests with the activity leader as to whether the activity has to be modified, participation declined or completely cancelled for safety/operational reasons.
- Activity leader/s Brain Wenlock
- Activity/trip description: paddle of the Wye from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat (fuller description below)
- Meet-up location: To be advised nearer the time
- Grade/difficulty of activity: I to II
- Expected conditions: To be advised nearer the time
- Minimum skill level of participants: some previous experience of moving water, ability to swim in moving water whilst smiling
- Max places available: To be advised nearer the time
- Required Personal kit: boat for ww with air bags/paddle/deck/ba/helmet/cag or wet suit or dry suit/ towel and kit to change into after/ one spare warm layer to carry in the boat and a bag to put it in
- Recommended additional kit: bivvy bag/personal first aid kit/lunch/ throw line and knife and rescue sling if you own these items
Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat - 20 km grade I to II
Access/egress can be made at Kerne GR580192, downstream left. The next section curving around in an enormous bend contains a few small rapids on its way towards the Huntsham bridge GR568181. This popular access point is just off the A40, along the turn signposted Symonds Yat East. In the small village of Welsh Bicknor along this section is a pleasant little Youth Hostel.
From the Huntsham bridge down to the Yat is the territory of the ‘Owd Man of the Wye’, Paul Howells. On the way, you will pass the seal-launching rock and see pleasure cruisers that motor up and down the river – watch out. At Symonds Yat East, the concrete steps of the Wye Dean Canoe Centre GR561160 allow easy access and egress (river left). Here canoes and kayaks of all descriptions can be hired, as can top-notch instruction. These grade II rapids have given joy to countless paddlers over the years.