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River Medway, Kent

23 September @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Venue/ Title of trip: River Medway, Tonbridge to Yalding, Kent
Date: 23/09/2018
Trip Leader: Colin Greaves
L3 BCU Coach
Mobile 07531554203
Email chgreaves@googlemail.com
Activity / Description of the Trip: River trip / canoe trail

• River Medway is a beautiful meandering river that starts in the heart of historic Tonbridge. It flows through West and East Sussex and into Kent before reaching the Thames estuary some 120 km downstream. Paddling along the river you will see a wide variety of riverside plants and wild life including the orange and blue flash of the kingfisher and possibly even an otter. The trail passes through woods and meadows and is a very pleasant yet exciting trip with the odd canoe slide thrown in!
• Tonbridge Slipway to Yalding including canoe slides.
• Approximately 13.5 km (8.5 miles) [Note: Pangbourne to Mapledurham is just over 2 miles …so equivalent to two return trips] • Members and specific guests

• This trip starts / meet at the river (not the Centre). Transport and boat hire to be sorted by the participant (see below).

Craft: Open Canoe (recommend tandem unless competent solo paddler) or Kayak
Enviroment: Grade 1 flat water with canoe slides

Led trip through mainly scenic open country .

Type of Paddle: Easy touring with a few canoe slides.
Pre-requisites : Be able to maintain consistent forward paddling for a number of hours.
Who is leading the activities? : Colin Greaves
Additional Leaders or coaches : Claire Hardwick and Ian Flanders
Maximum number of participants: 18
Minimum number in group: 4
Plan B: If weather or water conditions make this trip unpleasant, or dangerous, the trip will be cancelled.
Meeting Time : 0900 at Tonbridge Slipway

Make own way there …email tripsplanning@adventuredolphin.co.uk for assistance with lifts and boat transport

Meeting Location: ‘Lower Castle Field’ car park, (far end by river) to drop-off boats. Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club, The Slade, TN91HR is nearby. If unsure contact the Trip Leader.
Finish Time : Approximately 1600 in Yalding
Finish Location: Yalding, Kent
Transport details: ‘Lower Castle Field’ car park, (far end by river) to drop-off boats and get changed ready for shuttle. Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club, The Slade, TN91HR is nearby. Apparently toilets in nearby sports centre.
• Shuttle to Yalding, Hampstead Lane, ME18 6HG (on B2162) parking along road near to the Anchor pub, Twyford Bridge. Takes approx. 40 minutes.
Potential Cost : Travel to venue (approx 90 miles 1hr 30mins), donations to drivers if car sharing. Boat / equipment hire £5 (contact the Leader (Colin)
Equipment needed: Paddling gear and appropriate clothing for weather conditions.
Always have a waterproof with you.
Helmet for the canoe slides is advisable, especially for kayakers. These are compulsory for any under 18s.
Drinks, packed lunch, snacks.
No medical form no trip. All participants to bring a completed medical consent form. If under 18 years this must be signed by a parent / guardian. These forms will be either returned to you after the trip or destroyed by the Leader. If there are any special needs please advise the leader well inadvance of the trip so that this can be considered.River licenses for the Medway (availability of BCU licenses tbc) …let the Leader know if you are a BCU member.
Submitted by: Claire Hardwick / Colin Greaves

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23 September
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Colin Greaves