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Leap Day Pub Paddle – Upper Thames, Cricklade to Castle Eaton

29 February @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Venue/ Title of trip: Leap Day Pub Paddle – Upper Thames, Cricklade to Castle Eaton
Date: 29/02/2020
Trip Leader: Ed Edwards
Coach level 3 Open Canoe
Coach level 3 KayakEd.edwards@adventuredolphin.co.uk
Activity / Description of the Trip: Join us for a led paddling trip on the uppermost paddling section of the Thames. The river at the start at Cricklade has been known to be just ankle deep! Hopefully not this time. A lovely two hours meandering paddle through the quiet North Wiltshire countryside ending at the Red Lion pub in Castle Eaton. Lunch is being organised for those who wish to eat lunch there – details to follow once bookings are made.
Extra interest can be provided by encountering trees in or above the river.
Please see below for more information about the paddling.
Craft: Open canoe/ kayak
Environment: Flat water. Rural.
Type of Paddle: Should be easy paddling but very low or very high water will clearly change conditions. Overhanging and fallen trees can be an issue and helmets will need to be worn at times.
Pre-requisites : Ability to paddle for two and a half hours. One star or equivalent award or experience such as adventure Dolphin six week course or Sunday paddling.
Who is leading the activities? : Ed Edwards
Additional Leaders or coaches : Ian Blatchley Coach level 3
Kevin Dennis Coach level 4
Other leaders tbc
Maximum number of participants: 18
Minimum number in group: 5
Plan B: If the weather is too awful to paddle this section then we will cancel.
Meeting Time : 9:30
Meeting Location: SN3 4EW Sainsbury’s Stratton, Oxford Road, Swindon. Off A420 near A417.
Finish Time : 2pm – finish paddling and loading . However, lunch is being planned so participants can stay longer if they wish.
Finish Location: SN6 6JZ Red Lion pub, Castle Eaton
Transport details: Meet 9:30am at Sainsbury’s to drive together to Cricklade. Those who would like breakfast at Sainsbury’s are advised to arrive earlier.

There will be a shuttle from Cricklade to Castle Eaton

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Please note that it is normally expected that particpants make their own way to and from the trip start and finish. For trips away from Pangbourne our trips usally 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.

Important – 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).

Equipment needed: 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 paddleSuitable canoe or kayak. Needs to be fitted with buoyancy bags or blocks. If hiring a boat please discuss suitability with trip leader.
Helmets will be needed
Clothing suitable for 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.
Breakfast as required
Details of pub lunch will be confirmed with those who are interested after booking on the trip.
Submitted by: Ed Edwards




29 February
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Red Lion pub, Castle Eaton
Red Lion pub,
Castle Eaton, SN6 6JZ United Kingdom
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