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The Wonderful River Waveney

River Waveney Scole to Harleston Hello Folks After our trip on the Thet and Little Ouse, Andrew and I camped at The Willows Caravan and Camping Park in Scole. The Great thing about the site is that it is located adjacent to the River Waveney. If you like you can camp on the banks of the river and we did this on the first night but as it began to rain heavily we decamped and moved to a higher field on the advice of the owner and residents which turned out to be a good decision as you can see from the pictures. The first one shows the area where our tents used to be the next day after heavy rain and the second shows where we moved them to after to-days trip. Before setting off there was the sm

River Thet onto The little Ouse

Hello Folks The River Thet is one I hadn't heard of until my Cwav (see friend Andrew mentioned it to me. We decided on a trip that would take us down the Thet and onto the Little Ouse ending at Santon Downham near this bridge where we left one of our cars for the shuttle. The put in was slightly more overgrown and tricky The flow was strong as we pushed off avoiding the first of many overhanging branches. As we paddled on there were more branches and I quickly became adept at picking my way through the overhanging maze being careful not to hold the branches as this can lead to your canoe being swept from under you. Soon the branches became bigger as there were tree

A figure of 8 paddle on the Wey.

Hi Folks Initially I wasn't sure I would be available for this paddle but when I checked my diary I had got Saturday free so was glad to be able to paddle a bit more of the Wey even though it is quite a way from my usual stomping ground. I had expected worse traffic so arrived quite early allowing for plenty of time to get ready. The put in had a middle of nowhere feel with a narrow winding river to get into and soon we were all ready. The river is very close to main roads and civilisation in general but you wouldn't know it for much of the route Andy was becoming very relaxed about this paddle (actually his seat had collapsed!) We paddled on past moorings and cut our way through portages

Beale Park Boat Show

This weekend I got the chance to exhibit my Sea Kayak and Sunnyside Cruiser at the Beale Park Boat show.Getting both of them onto my car looks like a bit of a challenge but it is easy when you know how and you have the right bits of protective foam and willing helper to hand. There were lots of other canoes there as I was a guest of the Wooden Heritage Canoe Association. Just check out these beautiful old craft. It is quite remarkable how they have managed to survive in such good condition and are still paddleable after many years. Some of my WHCA friend s even had time for a paddle/bit of sailing. I gave out lots of business cards and people were very complimentary.It was also great to chat

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