Private Paddle Report – River Thames: Oxford (Donnington Bridge) to Culham Lock

Non-Club Activity
River Thames: Section 5 - Oxford (Donnington Bridge) to Culham Lock Date: Friday 29th July 2022 Distance: 9.5 miles downstream Paddlers:Dave Hillier (organiser)Phil Gent (with Fifi and Coco the chihuahuas)Chris HarperSue LeonPierre Leon (researcher)Conrad Chambers (trip report) Dave, as usual, issued a briefing, map, and completed risk assessment in advance of the scheduled date for the paddle. We met up on a beautiful sunny morning at the Donnington Bridge car park (OX4 4AZ) in Oxford, where a group of guys in straw boaters with striped blazers were busy launching their large rowing boat and loading it up with food, drinks, camping gear, and a stuffed toy dog, very much in the fashion of “Three Men in a Boat”, except there were seven of them in total. Once we’d unloaded the…
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River Medway Trip Report

Event, News, Reports, Trip, Trip Reports
Well he promised us a good trip and he delivered. Well done Dave Hillier! On Sunday 17th July, nine Club members (and two associate dogs) set set off early from Rickmansworth to head to Teapot Island on the River Medway for an eight-mile round trip along a non-tidal section.  Planned to start at 10:00, some had logistical and site location issues which coupled with equipment preparations, delayed the set off for the whole team.  Suitably prepared by Dave’s briefing presentation we set off from a purpose built get-in at 10:50. The stretch of water was beautiful with several scenic views including an oast house, a variety of bridges, some locks, a thrown together ‘diving’ platform and a few pill boxes to count!  The water was quite busy with other craft…
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