Pre-Christmas paddle

Pre-Christmas paddle

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Seven Nomads enjoyed a pre-Christmas recreational paddle up the Grand Union canal yesterday in preparation for the festive season. The water was very high, almost over the towpath in places and, though cold it was quite a bright day. A new fallen tree prevented us venturing very far up the Gade toward Croxley Moor, so we called it a day and turned around there. On the way back the chute down to the left of Batchworth lock was about as full as it ever gets and very enticing to the white water paddlers. Ian tried it out first, getting pushed hard into the (undercut) left wall by the force of the stopper and then got out to provide safety for Martin who followed, getting well stuck and rolling in the…
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Hertford Lea trip report

Hertford Lea trip report

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On the 8th of December eleven enthusiastic Nomads led by Matt braved the cold and wind to travel to Hertford to paddle the river Lea. Such was Ian's enthusiasm he couldn't wait to get to the normal put in and persuaded us to launch alpine style into the ditch next to the car park leading down to the Lea, which went without incident. Once on the Lea proper we grouped up by Herts canoe club to paddle the short stretch in glorious if cold sunshine with a kingfisher down to the first weir. Needless to say it was impossible to contain Martin, but the rest of us also enjoyed some ferry gliding and, for the more experienced, some playing in the stopper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM4rIJipods Before everyone else got too fed up…
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North Wales trip report

North Wales trip report

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https://youtu.be/VXNah3O7oUs Thanks to Ian for leading this exciting looking trip to the Dee finally, due to the Conway, Llugwy and Tryweryn not running. More details to follow shortly from Fane ... Thanks Ian for the excellent video.
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Cassiobury trip report

Cassiobury trip report

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On Sunday 10th of November nine Nomads led by Matt, assisted by Ian and Martin and including Elisabeth and Debbie on their first trip with the club drove to the bottom of Cassiobury park in Watford to explore the river Gade on it's way to the aquadrome. The weather forecast for drizzle proved wrong and it was nice and sunny and not too cold as we put onto the Gade after the safety briefing. We'd barely passed under the A412 before encountering the first of many argumentative trees that day, which yielded to Ian's manual pruning to let us pass. As we passed along the side of Croxley business park we met a number of central European looking fishermen who greeted us politely, evidently keen to pull something out of…
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Ivel trip report

Ivel trip report

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On Sunday October 20th five Nomads led by Ian, including Rose and Candice on their first trip with the club, traveled to Sandy in Bedfordshire to paddle the river Ivel. Despite the abundance of weirs, no one managed to swim on any of them with the only casualties being on the fast ferry gliding practice and Ian getting out of his boat (apparently)! Congratulations Rose and Candice on your successful first club trip and many thanks to Ian for leading.
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Symonds Yat trip report

Symonds Yat trip report

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On the 7th of September four Nomads and a friend met up at Symonds Yat west campsite for a weekend on the Wye led by Matt Greenshields and Nigel Atkinson. We got an early start and paddled off from Kern Bridge under a cloudy sky which brightened up as we paddled. This 9 mile section was a warm up for Symonds Yat rapids later, so we took things easily and enjoyed the fantastic scenery and wildlife including swans, a kingfisher and some curious cows. On the way down Dan tried out break-outs and break-ins behind the fishermens' groynes in preparation for the faster water to come and we all had a good time observing the comic paddling style of stag parties in rented canadian canoes. We made such good time…
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Merchant Taylors’ School tour report

Merchant Taylors’ School tour report

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On the evening of Tuesday 13th August, a day earlier than planned due to the weather forecast, Ian Williams, a friend of Nomads and Bursar of Merchant Taylors' school hosted four Nomads members for a tour of the school's beautiful waterways. Looks like they had a fantastic time. Thank you to Ian for generously sharing Merchant Taylors' school's excellent facilities and for offering to repeat this tour in future for other Nomads members. Watch this space. Thanks to Ian too for the photos.
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Thames at Shiplake trip report

Thames at Shiplake trip report

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On the 21st of July three Nomads and a friend met at Shiplake lock to enjoy the Thames and backwaters led by Martyn. Details are sketchy at this point apart from the photos. Looks like they had a good time though, apart from the parking difficulty. Thanks to Martyn for leading this trip and the photos.
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Medway trip report

Medway trip report

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On Sunday the 16th June 7 Nomads led by Matt traveled to Queenborough in Kent to explore the Medway estuary. The weather had been forecast as sunny spells, but was looking ominously grey as we set out from the spit in front of Queenborough yacht club onto the Swale, which separates the Isle of Sheppey from the Kent Mainland. Paddling in waves, albeit small, was a new experience for some of the group, so we took it easy across the Swale pausing at a concrete boat in the centre of the channel, before following the opposite shore in the Medway direction to find the entrance to the creek to the south of Dead Man's island (seriously). It didn't take long to find the creek, looking very muddy indeed, and as…
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St Patrick’s  Stream trip report

St Patrick’s Stream trip report

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On Sunday 26th of May 10 Nomads travelled to picturesque Wargrave to paddle the Thames and St Patrick's stream backwater. It wasn't as sunny as promised, but was very warm and the water cool and inviting as we put on the Thames to paddle a couple of miles upstream against the relatively mild current. Marc on his first trip with the club coped admirably with an unfamiliar boat and against the current and we arrived quite quickly at the pontoon by the first and only portage. After ejecting a couple of swans from the pontoon we took our boats out to portage the lock carefully avoiding the large and fresh piles of swan excrement. After waiting for several floating gin palaces to exit the lock and one to enter we…
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