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Hugh
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Joined: 10 Jan 2015
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I fancy a gentle potter down the River Otter, from Ottery St Mary to Budleigh Salterton. Anyone else interested? This is a small, quiet river with probably no play features, but nice scenery (and maybe some beavers!) It would need to be outside the fishing season, which starts on 15 March. Also a good idea to fit the tides on the estuary. My best bet for this is Saturday 14 March - though I'm open to suggestion. All plans are subject to rain - if the river's low, we'd be paddling on foot not with paddles.
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:55 am View user's profile Send private message
Piers Glen
Rubber Ducky


Joined: 01 May 2013
Posts: 12
Location: Congresbury

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Hi Hugh

Sounds like fun. I'm definitely up for it - but would need to finish early enough on the 14th to be back in Congresbury by 7 ish. Mind, having had a quick look for tide times, they could be a problem unless we go early anyway - Looks like high tide at Budleigh Salterton about 11.40 and low at 17.25.

Piers
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:15 pm View user's profile Send private message
leonie.w
Creeker


Joined: 23 May 2010
Posts: 120

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This is a trip I've been wanting to do for a while, but I'm afraid I won't be able to join you on 14th March, as I've (foolishly?!) signed up for the club N Wales weekend.

Have fun, and let me know what it is like!

Léonie
Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:27 am View user's profile Send private message
LauraF
River Runner


Joined: 26 Oct 2011
Posts: 98
Location: Bristol

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I'm possibly up for a bit of pottering paddling, and not going on the North Wales weekend so should be around on the 14th. How long is the trip? (wondering how tiring it would be in a white water kayak!)

Laura
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:26 am View user's profile Send private message
Hugh
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Hi all - well Piers, I make it about 11 miles down, so at the standard rate of 2mph including breaks, I'd allow 5-6 hours total paddle time. Then, there's setting up shuttles etc, not sure how that goes, but allow about 1/2 hour from OSM to BS. If we're on the water about 10.00, we'll be on an outgoing flow on the estuary - its a saltmarsh, with permanent channels even at low tide, and one of these has always been at the back of the pebble bank which separates it from the sea, and it also runs next to the carpark. So I think we should be o.k. with the water: just don't know how it fits with your timetable. Refreshments, I think bring our own - there are quite a few places with shops and/or pubs, but these are sensibly built off the flood plain so a little walk. Load of cafes in BS... Oh, just to be clear, this isn't a club trip: and I don't have any leadership or even canoeing awards....
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:55 pm View user's profile Send private message
Piers Glen
Rubber Ducky


Joined: 01 May 2013
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Location: Congresbury

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Sounds good to me, and should be do-able with my need to be back for 7ish. I guess it needs 3 of us to manage a shuttle and mind the boats, so hopefully Laura you are able to confirm? I shouldn't think travelling down river and with the outgoing tide will be particularly hard in a WW boat.

I am away for a week now, back on the 4th so won't necessarily be picking up on messages here.
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:08 pm View user's profile Send private message
LauraF
River Runner


Joined: 26 Oct 2011
Posts: 98
Location: Bristol

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Yes ok, count me in! I've done trips on the Wye that are nearly that long, in a whitewater boat, so should be fine. Let me know the plan!

Laura
Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:49 pm View user's profile Send private message
leonie.w
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Joined: 23 May 2010
Posts: 120

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Was there enough water? Did you go? What was it like?!
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:39 pm View user's profile Send private message
LauraF
River Runner


Joined: 26 Oct 2011
Posts: 98
Location: Bristol

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Hi Léonie, we didn't go in the end as Hugh went to have a look in person and had some concerns about some features that weren't marked on the map, and one of the weir portages he couldn't work out. I'd still like to do it sometime though so hopefully he will rearrange.

Instead, Piers and I did the Canoe England Bradford-on-Avon canoe trail (out on the river Avon, back on the Kennet and Avon canal). It was really good, but the canal part was quite long (we did do the longest version of the loop) and the portage between the river and the canal was across an active railway line (not mentioned in the trip notes), which was interesting..!

I'm keen to do some other easy/flattish water paddles like that over the summer, to enjoy the weather as much as anything (fingers crossed for the weather!). There are a few in the calendar, but if anyone wants to do any extra non-club paddles then I'm definitely interested.

Laura
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:37 am View user's profile Send private message
leonie.w
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Joined: 23 May 2010
Posts: 120

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Thanks for letting me know. I'm still keen to do the Otter.

I've done the Avon trip as well and we carried over the railway, too!

If you want some touring trips, you could think about hooking up with NACC. The local clubs are getting together for sea paddles, with Clevedon, Bath, NACC and SACC all sharing trips and hopefully the tourers would be just as friendly! You can't see the NACC calendar as a guest, but they have touring trips planned on May 16th- a two day camp on the Monmouthshire/Brecon canal, July 5th Bradford on Avon to Bath, July 25th on the Severn and a weekend Oct 10th in Devon. Let me know if you fancy any of them and I can put you in touch with the right person! Ditto anyone else who might be reading this...
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