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Upper Thames Trip 2 – Castle Eaton to Lechlade

28 March @ 10:45 am - 5:00 pm

Inglesham Roundhouse Castle Eaton to Letchlade


Venue/ Title of trip: Upper Thames 2 – Castle Eaton to Lechlade – with afternoon tea!
Date: 28/03/2020
Trip Leader: Ed Edwards
Coach Level 3 Open Canoe
Coach Level 3 KayakEd.edwards@adventuredolphin.co.uk
Activity / Description of the Trip: A led trip on the Upper Thames starting at the Red Lion in Castle Eaton and ending in Lechlade. This leisurely paddle on the edge of the Cotswolds through the North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire countryside could be made more energetic and exciting if we encounter fallen trees. There will be an opportunity to buy refreshments at the end of the paddle. More details will be sent to those who book on the trip.
Craft: Open canoe – tandem or solo, Kayak
Environment: Rural, flat water. Weather and river conditions can affect the paddle.
Type of Paddle: Generally easy paddling but very high or very low water conditions will make the trip more challenging. Overhanging and fallen trees can be an issue and helmets will need to be worn.
Pre-requisites : Ability to paddle 11.5 km or 7 miles or 4 hours with breaks. British canoeing one star or equivalent award or experience such as Adventure Dolphin course or Sunday paddling.
Who is leading the activities? : Ed Edwards
Additional Leaders or coaches : Ian Blatchley, Coach Level 3 Kayak tbc
Kevin Dennis, Coach Level 4
Other coaches tbc
Maximum number of participants: 18
Minimum number in group: 5
Plan B: If the weather is too miserable to paddle this section then we will cancel.
Meeting Time : 10.45
Meeting Location: Red Lion, Castle Eaton SN6 6JZ
Finish Time : 1700 tbc
Finish Location: The Trout Inn
St John’s Bridge
Faringdon Road
Transport details: 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.
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.
Clothing suitable for early spring paddling conditions – this includes suitable footwear. Gloves, pogies as necessary.
Spare clothing should be carried.
Packed lunch, drinks and snack as required.Personal medication to be carried and the leader informed. (Note – carrying in the buoyancy aid 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.

There may be parking fees at the finish. The group will be informed.

There is likely to be an opportunity to buy a drink at the start in the Red Lion.

A suitable place for tea after the paddle is being researched.

Submitted by: Ed Edwards




28 March
10:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Ed Edwards


Red Lion pub, Castle Eaton
Red Lion pub,
Castle Eaton, SN6 6JZ United Kingdom
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