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River Usk – Sennybridge to Aberbran Bridge

3 February @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue/ Title of trip: River Usk – Sennybridge to Aberbran Bridge
Date: 03/02/2018
Trip Leader: Scampi
Activity / Description of the Trip: A great river section with something for everyone.

UK Rivers Guide description – ‘A section which is highly recommended as an introduction to whitewater; we took a raw novice down last week and she loved it. The rapids are straightforward and reasonably continuous, keeping the interest up. Early in the trip, the hardest sections are encountered. In the space of a mile, there are three successive rock ledges, the last and highest being about a metre drop.’

Members only trip

Craft: Open canoe (tandem or solo) and kayak
Enviroment: White water – mainly grade 2 but could be grade 3 in higher water
Type of Paddle: Moving water
Pre-requisites : Two star or relevant experience.
Who is leading the activities? :  Ian Blatchley (coach level 3), Cliff Combes (coach level 3)
Additional Leaders or coaches : Tbc – other leaders are welcome
Maximum number of participants: 16
Minimum number in group: 3
Plan B: No plan B planned as yet. If water levels or weather conditions are not appropriate for this river than unlikely to find similar alternative.
Possible Symonds Yat
Possible local weir bash tbc
Meeting Time : 1) 6:30 am Pangbourne if boat needed 2) 9 am Magor Services after Severn Crossing then drive in convoy to get on.
Meeting Location: Pangbourne or Magor Services then convoy to Sennybridge
Finish Time : 8- 8:30pm back in Berkshire – participants can message/call home en route with more accurate time
Finish Location: River trip ends at Aberbran Bridge – parking in farm next to bridge.
Transport details: There is parking at the get on and get off (local farm).

Transport is by car. Please organise own lift or contact trip leader who will try to assist.

Potential Cost : Costs are fuel/car expenses and Severn Toll ( to be shared by driver and passengers), breakfast at Magor services en route
Equipment needed: Chosen craft – open cano (solo or tandem, ww spec Kayak. (Not suitable for sit on top or SUP
Appropriate clothing for winter paddling – layers, waterproofs, gloves/ponies etc
Additional warm layers
Change of clothes
Packed lunch, snacks, hot drink, other drinks/water
Personal medication
Coins for public toilets which may be needed.
Boats can be hired – please contact Trip Leader if needed. Please do not contact West Berkshire Activity Team directly.
Submitted by: Ed Edwards

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3 February
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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