Hi All, I've updated this to make it a 'paddle or walk' option. I'll bring my kayak along but am happy to keep Jackie or anyone else company on the towpath and anyone who fancies a try could have a go in my kayak.
The canal is closed for a short stretch upwards of the Barley Mow so we will turn right from the setoff and head in the direction of the Waterwitch (but we won't get that far so will turn around at an appropriate moment).
Please let me know if plans change or if increased numbers - I will try and book a table at the Barley Mow pub after.
You need a license to paddle on the Basingstoke canal. If you don't have a Basingstoke canal license or Canoe England membership you need to call the Basingstoke canal centre before the day and a 1 day license will cost you £3 - details in attached http://www3.hants.gov.uk/bcaboatersinfopack.pdf ***
Plan is to meet at Canal car park opposite the Barley Mow and park the cars at 7.00pm to be ready to set off at 7.15pm for this paddle on the canal.
Would be nice to have a beer and some food at the Barley Mow afterwards.
Pub details: Address: The Hurst, Winchfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8DE
See below for the groups responsibilities and guidelines and I look forward to seeing some of you there. Cheers, Maria.
1. Hampshire Casual Kayakers, as many groups organized through meetup.com, is a networking group. Our organizers and hosts are not designated with the responsibility to teach kayaking or other boating skills.
2. Our organizers and hosts are people who like to kayak, not necessarily expert paddlers.
3. The host of each of our Hampahire Casual Kayakers events has some responsibility to post a description of our proposed trips, with suggestions about when and where we will go, and how we will get there.
4. No one is leading any of our floats, or providing any formal instruction.
5. Paddlers who join us will be responsible for themselves, and parents are responsible for their minors.
6. You have a responsibility to ask questions and to share any concerns you might have about your abilities with the group before you launch and to make sure you are in a group where at least one other person has enough experience and is willing to take you under their wing or assist you when needed.
7. As a community of peers, everyone should watch out for each other.
8. Decisions about activities on trips are often made collectively, on the spot, by those who show up. Occasionally, but rarely, people that show up split into smaller groups each going their own direction based on similar interests. Members of each group are then responsible to watch out for each other.
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