.EAGLE CANOE CLUB Date – Sunday 18th October 2020 Where – River Blyth, Suffolk
What – The intention is to paddle from Walberswick to Blythburgh and back , approx 8 miles miles. Once you're there there are no plans to shuttle cars around.
What’s it like? - It’s a typical Suffolk estuary paddle, and will have some open and potentially exposed stretches hence the trip not being suitable for everyone. Think at least 2 star / intermediate type level. It’s really aimed at the more experienced paddlers who can paddle this distance. It’s not a trip for short play boats so think carefully what craft you would wish to paddle.
You will need to wear suitable clothing, layers, for this time of year and bring food, flask, spare clothing for wet and cold conditions. Do also please bring and have accessible at all times a face mask and have to hand sanitiser , wipes and a bag for any rubbish.
The intention is to use the tide to assist us heading upstream towards Blythburgh and then later returning downstream towards the get out point at Walberswick (the car park) , NOT actually going on the sea.
Meet at the club 0900 hrs for departure by 0915 hrs.
Intention is to have arrived at Walberswick and be afloat, ready to paddle by 1040 hrs There may be car parking charge payable at Walberswick. In the event of poor weather conditions the trip may be amended to take those conditions into account. The car park i'm aiming to use is the one at the end of the B1387 , basically the road to and thro Walberswick from the A12. Follow the main road till it looks like you will end up in the river. there is a car park either side of the road. The plan will be to launch at the small slip way , just downstream from the passenger ferry. (a rowing boat). OS map Ref 500749.
Tide calculations used in planning this trip
Southwold High tide – 1159 hrs
Southwold Low water - 0551 hrs & 1828 hrs The car drive to the start will take approx 1hour 10 minutes, via Beccles .
Transport , cars and roof rack As with all our trips we are dependant upon club members assisting with transport both for paddlers and boats.
Online sign up is available for this trip. Use of this facility means the organiser can see the level of interest ahead of the event, any comments made , have in one place an email contact list of those interested and have emergency contact information to hand. Please indicate what sort of craft you are likely to paddle and if you have already agreed to paddle with another paddler and who that is! Do please indicate any concerns you have re paddling re corona virus issues. It will also be helpful to know how you are going to get to Walberswick and with whom, if sharing a car.
Cheers Tim Wilby