Sunday 13th October 2019.
Why not enjoy the start of winter paddling by undertaking the circumnavigation of Norwich?
How far? This is one of our longer trips and is not suitable for beginners so you need to be around 2* level in canoe or kayak. The total circuit is about 15 miles , including one portage of 1.5 miles. There are also 5 other shorter portages, including one at New Mills, so if you can get hold of wheels for your boat (canoe or kayak) you will appreciate them by the end of the trip! Canoeists may benefit by doubling up and paddling tandem , although if we come upon any shallow stretches as you take more depth you may have to get out more often, getting wet feet!
Start and finish at Eagle Canoe Centre Because of the length of the trip we will start from the centre at 0900 hrs . So whether you need to sort out club gear or get your own off the car, please try to be there by 0845 hrs. Finishing time will depend upon paddlers abilities (speed) , river conditions (weed, trees etc.) time spend on portages, lunches etc. but we will hope to get back to the Centre by 1700 hrs.
The trip We start paddling upstream from the club towards Hellesdon . We get out before the old railway bridge and portage over Dereham Road towards Bowthorpe and relaunch on the Yare, upstream from Earlham Park. That’s the mile and half walk done! We then paddle down the Yare and portage Cringleford, Keswick, Lakenham and Trowse Mills before reaching the Wensum again at Thorpe, where we paddle up through Norwich to New Mills and home!
What do you need? 1. You need to be able to paddle this distance! 2. A suitable boat for paddling longer trips (shorter play boats are not recommended for this trip) 3. Your normal paddling kit, paddle, B/aid, Cag, deck, kneelers for canoes, portage trolley or other wheels. Rope or straps for fixing your craft to a trolley. 4. Food and drink for a long days paddle , we will make lots of stops , especially for the portages, so plenty of opportunities for snacks, etc. Hot drinks will be useful at this time of year. 5. Suitable paddling clothing, water/wind proofs and spare clothing for the day. Check the forecast before heading out. Will the weather change before we finish paddling? Do you need warm hat and gloves? 6. Spare clothing to leave behind at the club for the end pf the trip 7. Phone (and a number to ring) for a lift home from the club? 8. Any medical kit you may need during the day 9. Waterproof containers, dry bags etc. for all this kit 10. Someone to paddle with? If you would prefer to paddle double in a canoe please get it sorted before turning up on the day. 11. Old hands might like to bring bush saws, pruners to help get through any undergrowth we encounter! Also a head torch in case we get delayed!
Preparing for the paddle See above. I would also suggest checking out any club boats, equipment such as trolleys you intend to use in advance on the club nights leading up to the day of the paddle. If you do not know how to portage, tie your craft to a trolley get practising. Don't leave it to the day of the paddle.
Please let me know if you’re coming Use the online sign up facility also clearly indicating If you would like to use a club boat, equipment such as a trolley . Please check the website on the Saturday evening,12th October around 1800 hrs if you’re thinking of coming , so I can let you know if anything’s changed or cancelled. In the event of a bad weather forecast I may postpone this trip as I want paddlers to enjoy, rather than endure this paddle.
I'm not around on club nights leading up to this paddle so do use the online sign up facility. By all means ask other coaches , those experienced members who have paddled this route in the past whether its a trip for you.