Upcoming Trips

Thank you to the many club members who supported trips in 2017 and made them so much fun!

Nomad Kayak club runs a trip every month for members' enjoyment and to develop skills on different water. There's no charge for the trips led by coaches and experienced paddlers who specify the skill level needed.  Trips are normally on the second sunday or weekend of the month to avoid conflict with other club activities, so remember to keep this weekend free.

The club opens trips to as many members as possible, so if you haven't done BCU stars awards, ask a club coach to tell you your paddling level then ask the trip leader if you'll be OK for the trip. The trip leader's email address is on the sign up page. Boats and equipment can be borrowed for trips at a cost of £5 per day from the equipment officer. The club doesn't provide boat transport for trips, so please arrange your own and share lifts with other members on the signup page. If you want to come on trips regularly its a good idea to buy a car roof rack (Christmas hint!).

Trips are coordinated by trips officer Matt Greenshields and for questions about individual trips please contact the relevant trip leader by email. A big thank you to the trip leaders who give up their time free for club members!

New for 2018 - In addition to the trips shown below, whenever there's a whitewater trip we'll endeavour to run an alternative flat water day trip on the same sunday for non-whitewater paddlers. Keep an eye out here and in the newsletter for details.

2018 Trips Calendar

Sunday 18th February (note: 3rd Sunday) -  Abbey Stream, Thames and Chertsey weir - Sign up

Due to this trip being snowed off in December, Matt Greenshields will lead a re-run of this picturesque circuit off the Thames ending at Chertsey weir. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.

10th/11th March - River Dart in Devon - Sign up

Nick Moore will lead this year's first Dart trip. Suitable for confident 2*+ paddlers. Make your own accommodation arrangements and meet at the Dartbridge Inn. Book early to get the Dartbridge Inn's special accommodation offer 🙂

Sunday 11th March - River Lea Hertford Loop - Sign Up

Peter Scott will lead this easy 5 mile circular paddle through picturesque countryside and back through the historic centre of Hertford. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.

7th/8th April - River Dee at Llangollen -

This trip has been cancelled. If club members' help isn't needed to move the clubhouse down to BLYM this month it may be substituted by a local trip eg. Rickmansworth to Denham. Watch this space.

Sunday 13th May - St Patrick's stream and Thames at Wargrave - Sign up

Ian Walker will lead this 5 miles circular paddle up the Thames and back down St Patrick's stream at Wargrave with a stop for a picnic lunch. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.

3rd-10th June - Spanish Pyrenees whitewater - Contact Matt

Matt Greenshields will lead this week away with 6 Nomad paddlers and expert local guides Kayak Campo  to sample Spanish Pyrenean grade 3-4 whitewater, not to mention the local food, wine and sunshine, on the rivers Esera, Cinca and Ara and staying in the Aragonese village of Campo. Please contact Matt directly if you're interested as some places are still available.

Sunday 8th July - River Cherwell at Oxford - Sign up

Peter Scott will lead this trip winding around historic Oxford colleges. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.

11th/12th August - Tryweryn whitewater at Bala - Sign up

Nick Moore and Ian Williams will lead a weekend on this classic dam release river and maybe others in the area. Suitable for confident 2* level paddlers with previous white water experience.

8th/9th September - Symond's Yat camping weekend - Sign up

Matt Greenshields and Peter Scott will lead this weekend paddling through beautiful Welsh marches countryside and practicing on the classic Symond's yat training rapid. Suitable for 1* level paddlers who've been on a trip before.

Sunday 14th October - River Ivel at Sandy - Sign up

Ian Walker will lead 2018's return to the Ivel. Suitable for 1* level paddlers who've already  been on a trip.

Xth/Xth November - River Dart in Devon - Sign up

Nick Moore's return to the river Dart. Suitable for confident 2*+ paddlers. Make your own accommodation arrangements and meet at the Dartbridge Inn. Trip date to be confirmed.

Sunday 9th December -  Abbey Stream, Thames and Chertsey weir - Sign up

Matt Greenshields will lead this picturesque circuit off the Thames ending at Chertsey weir. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.

 

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