.Date : Sunday 23rd August 2020, Day time paddle
Where : The Morston , Blakeney, Cley area , North Norfolk coast – salty water.
When: Meet at the club 0740 hrs for a prompt 0800 hrs departure. Those completely self contained wishing to join at the get in point will be told the joining time nearer the time.
Facilities: Sorry I cannot guarantee any toilets will be open at the start / end of this trip.
What : A trip for kayaks (long tourers / sea kayaks) NOT canoes. The intention is to paddle from the Morston area using the incoming and very high tides on this day to take us up to Cley windmill. A new route for us. In turn returning from Cley, paddling up to Blakeney Quay , thereafter onto Morston and finishing at Morston car park . Its an opportunity to paddle for a few hours on salty water in this area. We will not be paddling out to Blakeney Bar.
Whats it like: Its a day of exceptional high tides and will involve paddling in an area of relatively open water so it's only suitable for paddlers who can make progress even in windy and strong tidal conditions. Water depths may vary so you need to be used to getting in and out of your kayak.
It's most certainly not for your first ever trip! You need to be a confident paddler on the sea , used to wearing a spray deck and be able to make progress against wind and strong tide flows. Although the plan is to use the tide to assist us there will be stretches when you will have to paddle hard to make progress against the tide.
What to bring? The usual items as if for for a day trip, including waterproofs, additional clothing, snack and drinks packed in waterproof containers. Money for an ice cream at the end is always useful.
Corona virus - Do also consider bringing your own supply of for example sanitiser, first aid kit and tissues, bag for any rubbish etc.
The car parks at both Morston and Blakeney – are pay and display car park. National trust members can park for free , so bring your National trust parking pass/ membership card. These car parks can get busy and in the case of Blakeney disappear under high water. Transport, cars and roof rack space. As with all our trips we are dependent upon club members assisting with transport both for paddlers and boats. With the need to maintain social distancing this will likely mean one car / one paddler.
Please use the online sign up facility to indicate your interest that you would like to come. This trip is not suitable for beginners especially if strong winds are forecast. Those signed up may well get an email from me querying , asking about your experience of paddling against tide. Don't take it personally!
This trip will be oversubscribed so don't assume you have a place on it unless you receive an email to confirm your place . If successful but subsequently unable to attend please let me know (via the online sign up facility) straight away so your space may be offered to another.
Tide calculations used in planning this trip Blakeney Bar – High tide 0959 hrs , 2237 hrs Blakeney Quay – High tide 1034 hrs Cley – High tide 1059 hrs. Travel time 1 hour.