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In August 2015 three of us decided to do several days paddling and camping to explore the Norfolk Broads.
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Some photos from last weekends peer paddle to the Tryweryn, kindly sent to us by Trevor Pywell.
Photographs by Trevor J Pywell © 2014
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Photos from Karen Darby and Nigel Conway
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Six variously experienced SCC paddlers get wet, cold, & tired – but still come out smiling:
At least that what’s happened on day 1…
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We have had a new arrival in the canoe club this week and it is a
boy 30 foot blue container. The container still needs painting green as the weather was against us yesterday so it wasn’t done. Today however was a much greater success – everything was done that we planned to do:
- New container positioned next to the old one.
- Old container moved 2 foot forward to line up with the front of the new one
- Ventilation holes drilled into the sides and drainage holes drilled into the bottom of the new container (even though the drill did try and kill Nigel – but then everything wants to do that )
- Ladder removed from the front
- Padlock holes widened to allow the same padlocks as existing container to be used
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3 sections of the R Severn, a canal journey to the centre of Birmingham, and Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat on the R Wye. A varied and much enjoyed programme. Roll on 2014, when we might include an overnight camping stay.
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Attendees (& results): Dee A (unfairly handicapped out of the prizes), Dee B (winners, with a little help from Trentham), Dee Youth, Mold Youth (& one or two not so youth :-)), Shrewsbury A (2nd), SPS Youth (3rd).
While we await the full results, here’s a few highlights, including the well-deserved winner of the new Nomad paddle, presented by the organiser, Alan Owen:
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Owing to almost non-existent surf at Croyde, Brian Wenlock, Steve Duckett, Dave Jones and Duncan Smalley (now known as ‘The 4 Amigos’) embarked on an inspiring and rarely attempted sea journey from Hartland Quay to the waterfalls at Speaks Mill Mouth on the border between North Devon and North Cornwall. In spite of a distinctly lukewarm if inexplicable response to Duncan’s guided tour of the architectural masterpieces of Westward Ho en route, the wow factor instantaneously returned as we crested the steep descent to the hotel on the Quay and its picturesque little harbour that provides access in all but the most ferocious of conditions. This stretch of coast affords a scintillating seascape of magnificently-folded cliff scenery, caves, waterfalls, stacks, arches and strands of secret pristine sandy coves. The lack of significant swell and a light offshore wind made possible a trip that few ever have the opportunity to attempt due to the forbidding, inaccessible nature of this coastline that is usually totally exposed to any swell and wind from the Atlantic with few if any escape points. Finding routes through winding channels, reading the effect of surging currents and viewing the constantly changing awe-inspiring scenery all made this a trip to remember but the exposure of a small stretch of sand in front of the 100ft waterfall provided the icing on the cake. As the tide retreated the small swell served up perfect glassy shoulders, with submerged rocks to test the more adventurous/crazy members of the group (Brian). All in all it was a brilliant experience that we hope to repeat next year.
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