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Intro to moving water – Lower, Lower Dart

15 March @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Event Cancelled

Due to not enough bookings to make it a viable trip.


Venue/ Title of trip: Intro to moving water – Lower, Lower Dart
Date: 15/03/2020
Trip Leader: Ed Edwards

Coach level 3 open canoe
Coach level 3 kayak

Activity / Description of the Trip: Join us for a led trip on the Lower, Lower Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Experience paddling on a beautiful, scenic Devon river. Considered to be a grade 1 to 2 river depending on water level there are sections with small rapids which maintain interest but also other sections of mellow grade 1 paddling.
There are some weirs to be passed but these can be portaged.
Craft: Open canoe – solo or tandem, kayak
Environment: Rural – grade 1 to 2 moving water. Weirs.
Type of Paddle: Some experience needed. 13km paddle
Pre-requisites : Two star or equivalent eg AD intermediate course. Plus some touring experience eg trips or regular Sunday paddling.must be able to paddle 3 – 4 hours with breaks.
Who is leading the activities? : Ed Edwards
Additional Leaders or coaches : Adrian Moon Coach level 3 kayak; 4 star leader open canoe

Ian Blatchley Coach level 3 kayak tbc

Other leaders tbc

Participant numbers can increase if more river leaders available. However maximum is likely to be 16.

All leaders are updated with British Canoeing and Adventure Dolphin in terms of coaching, leading and white water rescue, and first aid.

Maximum number of participants: 12
Minimum number in group: 5
Plan B: Depending on reason for not paddling we may locate to another river eg Wye and paddle Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat

Other alternatives are possibly Guildford Wey or Thames somewhere.

If awful weather we may just cancel

Meeting Time : 10:00
Meeting Location: Salmon Leap Cafe, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JR Is the start point. We may however meet at Sainsbury’s Taunton for breakfast. This will be confirmed with participants nearer the time.
Finish Time : 5:00
Finish Location: Totnes Rowing Club, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes TQ9 5AL
Transport details: Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Please note that it is normally expected that participants make their own way to and from the trip start and finish. For trips away from Pangbourne our trips usually start at the river or at an agreed meeting point en route. If you have difficulties arranging your own transport please contact the trip leader to see if a lift can be arranged.
However, we cannot guarantee that lifts are available.
It is expected that anyone receiving a lift will contribute to transport costs.
If anyone can offer a lift please contact the trip leader.
Please also note that for safeguarding reasons it is AD policy to have more than two people in a vehicle if someone is under 18 (unless a relative).

AD membership
Boat licence or British Canoeing membership card

AD Medical and Consent form should be completed and handed to trip leader at the meeting point.
Participants under 18 must have form signed by parent or guardian.
No form, no paddle

Suitable canoe or kayak. Needs to be fitted with buoyancy bags or blocks. If hiring a boat please discuss suitability with trip leader.

Helmets to be worn.

Clothing suitable for Spring/winter paddling conditions – this includes suitable footwear. Gloves, pogies (not ponies!) as necessary.

Spare clothing, food, drinks should be carried.

Personal medication to be carried and the leader informed. (Note – carrying a laminated list of medication and personal details is useful)

Throwline if you have one.

Leaders to carry usual safety equipment.

Potential Cost : Transport cost for private vehicles – fuel, parking.
Shared costs if sharing transport.Parking at TotnesBreakfastSalmon Leap Cafe – it is appropriate that as we are launching from here that we contribute to the cafe by buying drinks or food.After trip food and drink
Submitted by: Ed Edwards



15 March
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Ed Edwards


Salmon Leap Cafe
Dartbridge Road,
Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JR United Kingdom
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