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Santa Paddle

16/12/2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Venue/ Title of trip: Santa Paddle
Date: 16/12/2018
Trip Leader: Claire Hardwick
Activity / Description of the Trip: This is a short paddle (8km) along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Burghfield Bridge near Cunning Man Pub (RG30 3RB) to Wokingham Waterside Centre, Thames valley Park Drive (RG6 1PQ)

We would like to have a truly Christmas Theme with fancy dress, decorated canoes and kayaks. We hope to finish just before dark with a hot drink and mince pie.

Craft: Tandem Canoe or any kayak.
Enviroment: Flat water with four locks. We may be able to pass through the locks or may have to portage.
Type of Paddle: Easy paddling. But due to the tendency for cold weather and wind at this time of year, no Solo canoes please (exceptions only after talking to trip leader).
Pre-requisites : Be able to paddle for a few hours (anyone who can mange The Centre to Mapledurham and back will be fine)
Who is leading the activities? : Claire Hardwick
Additional Leaders or coaches : Ian Flanders
Maximum number of participants: 18
Minimum number in group: 4
Plan B: Sorry, we are only likely to cancel due to adverse weather conditions
, when a plan B would not be a good idea either.
Meeting Time : Likely to be 12.30 for anyone who will be involved in vehicle shuttle. I will email any other participants nearer the time.
Meeting Location: Burfield Bridge grid ref SU 681 707. There is a small parking area immediately over Burghfield bridge on the left. The turn is sharp and if needed continue to the Cunning Man car park to turn around and come back again.
Finish Time : 3.30pm
Finish Location: Wokingham Waterside Centre (Grid ref SU 737 742), turn left under height bar into gravel car park off Thames Valley Park Drive.
Transport details: We will need to pre- plan the logistics of the shuttle run for this trips. Please notify trip leader if you are able to transport and or boats.
Parking at the start is limited. parking at the finish is easier.
Potential Cost : Free to members except contributions for shared transport.
Equipment needed: Dress up warm for this trip. Its always cold at this time of year.
A snack is useful.Otherwise the usual paddling kit.Hire of boats can be arranged through the trip leader and payment will be set up on the link below.
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12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Claire Hardwick