We couldn’t have asked for a better day, we had beautiful blue skies and low water levels which was ideal for my first time round the loop. We started, as usual, at Newbridge which was packed with other kayakers gearing up for the day ahead. There was time for a few jelly babies and plenty of excited talk about new kit before we set off down the gentle grade two rapids.
We stopped off for lunch shortly after the washing machine rapid, the name of which had me quite apprehensive and was the site of the first and fantastic roll of the day by Solly and Trevor in the Topo-duo. Some people made an additional trip down the River Webburn which joined the Dart at this point.
This is one of my favourite trips. Is it because of the scenery? The fabulous natural gorge, followed by the rare opportunity to see the industrial heritage of Bristol from a different perspective? Or is it the fun of being whooshed along as the tide goes out? Or perhaps seeing the black-headed gulls, grey wagtails and redshanks close-up. It is all of these. Plus the fact that the drive from home to the put-in takes me all of two minutes!
set the scene...there we all are stood in a field in woolverton somerset the sun is beating down and we are al in kayak gear. must be a river trip. with the prospect of paddleing the world famous zoom flume and the word death bantered around on uk rivers guide book,everyone exept me and stew who actally knew what was in store.so off we set all seven of us.(poss the best number to have in a group on this river).
Paddlers: Wayne Gibbens, Margarita Felixberger
Day 1: 12 miles from Charmouth to Beer Head,
Day 2: 9 miles from Beer Head to Lyme Regis.
In the week preceding Wayne’s last beginners’ bivi of the year, the group dwindled from 5 to 2 people. So it was only Wayne and I driving down to Charmouth on the 14th September for a 2 day/1night beginners’ trip.
On a frosty Sunday morning the NACC contingent leaves Bristol to take part in this annual race. This year it seems only the senior section is taking part. Given that this is a 5 mile race it is ideal for the youngsters/novices as well as chance to paddle a river not normally available.
Medals were won by:-