The next beginners/improvers' white water trip should be the very scenic Lower Dart (river Dart Country Park and paddle down to Buckfastleigh), it's around 3.75 miles long and it is a nice introduction to white water even if you missed the Usk/Symonds.
Providing we get enough safety cover any of ITP5 group are welcome to come along. Being shorter we can spend more time practising breaking in/out etc.
As always it will depend on river levels (at least 0.50m would be ok), so fingers crossed for some rain particularly at the end of the week - if there isn’t any rain we'll be seeking an alternative, possibly Wales.
We also need a good number of experienced paddlers.
Please register if you intend to come, it has car details and if driving how many boats you can carry, plus emergency contact details that make it a little easier for the organisers.
Meet at the club by 08.00 - the earlier you arrive the better boat you get and if lots of people turn up it takes a while to load boats plus it's about a 2:15 drive. With the shuttle run and faff we probably won't be home much before 19:00, so another full but hopefully fun day .
If you are driving direct we will drop off boats and people at the BCU land just below Holne bridge (I'll send out a map by email) at 10:30 - 10:45 and drop the majority of cars down at the get out (Buckfastleigh otter/butterfly farm - free parking) to try to leave the minimum number of cars up to RDCP as they charge £5 to park - although there may be spaces at Holne Bridge.
What to bring -
Warm paddling clothes, there may be plenty of opportunities to capsize if you want to...
Shoes to paddle in and possibly walk around one weir.
Boat - one that will be comfortable for several hour
Paddle and Spray-deck - make sure it fits and won't just pop off too easily
Helmet and Buoyancy Aid
A hot drink - an unbreakable flask (attached) in the back of your boat is good
Water - plenty of exercise paddling like energizer bunnies
Food - nice energy food (flapjacks/Mars bars/banana etc. are good) there is a nice picnic spot
A towel that is big enough so that the otters and butterflies aren't frightened.
A waterproof jacket and dry warm clothes to get changed into.
Normally we share the cost of the fuel (250+ miles) and possibly £5 for car entry/parking/shower at RDCP , Buckfastleigh Station/Butterfly farm was free last year - just buy a tea and cake at their cafe.
If you're driving a van check you have enough clearance under the bridge at Buckastleigh!
Jon Brown07966 156267