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Gade trip report

Gade trip report

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On Sunday 23rd of February seven Nomads led by Matt converged on the Grand Union canal at the Grove in Watford to paddle the canal and river Gade back to the aquadrome. The scheduled trip to the Abbey Stream had been cancelled due to very high water in the Thames and all other local rivers were in flood, so the plan was to take advantage of the high water to explore the Gade through Cassiobury Park, which is usually too low to paddle. Despite a poor weather forecast, we set off in pleasant sunshine with only a moderate and slightly gusty wind portaging the first two locks past the golf course and into the park. The turn off into the river Gade was a little overgrown and Matt scouted out…
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Middle Wye trip report

Middle Wye trip report

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On the 18th and 19th of January six Nomads led by Matt traveled to Builth Wells to brave freezing conditions and paddle the middle Wye with good water levels. Matt arrived friday afternoon to inspect the river in the light, being joined by three more at the B&B that evening and two the following morning at Builth car park. Levels were high but not spate, 2.05m on the Erwood gauge which promised good paddling but fewer features, unfortunately for Tony on his first proper river trip and needing a few eddies to practice breaking into and out of. Instead he got plenty of practice with big waves. The killer wave 100 yards down from Builth bridge was miraculously avoided by all and we enjoyed playing in and surfing the many…
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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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