Evening paddle Basingstoke canal (Barley Mow) 6km 1.5 hrs & Walk along towpath

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.



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  • Jas

    great evening paddle , nice to meet everyone and v.good food and chat after.

    July 31, 2013

  • Peter

    Very enjoyable evening.

    July 30, 2013

  • Jason T.

    Awesome as always....

    July 30, 2013

  • Paul F.

    Great fun as always! cheers all.

    July 30, 2013

  • Jackie F.

    Brilliant as although can't paddle still managed to go and thanks to Maria for walking with me and the mutt. Although I've got home and eaten some of the honey cake that I made for everyone, sorry!

    July 30, 2013

  • grant z.

    Good to see you all see you next time

    July 30, 2013

  • Rich E.

    Sorry can't make this - have a good one!

    July 30, 2013

  • Maria

    Hello all! Yes I know it's all rainy now and predicted rain all day but I see a bright big sun predicted from 6pm onwards :-). I'm in London today and Pete is picking me up from Winchfield station later so we will be there whatever. Have a great day.

    July 30, 2013

  • Brian K.

    I will try to come Brian

    July 27, 2013

  • Jackie F.

    I'll walk along side with the dog as can't paddle for a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing you all. Thanks for changing it Maria.

    July 26, 2013

  • Jackie F.

    Can't :-( I'll be in a sling, but may bring the dog for a walk and chat if the pathway is open.

    July 22, 2013

  • Paul F.

    Looking forward to this, we heading the other direction this time? Is the path open as Jackie will bring the dog and walk (arm will be in a sling/brace after her operation.

    July 10, 2013

    • Maria

      Hi Paul - I checked with the Basingstoke canal centre and they advised as follows - so we may need to go the opposite direction on the canal: I'm afraid the towpath is still closed as a result of the landslip and diversion information should be in place.

      Updates are posted on our website at:


      1 · July 18, 2013

  • Yvette

    Hi, is this one suitable for beginners. Ive only done one lesson and did ok in that. I will be trialing my sit on top fatyak for the first time?

    July 14, 2013

    • Jason T.

      Hi Yvette, Canals are ideal for beginners as they are totally calm and flat with no current. Come along and join us and give it a go. We often have beginners come along, you will be fine. Cheers Jason.

      July 14, 2013

    • Paul F.

      I concur with Jason! That's how Jackie and I started. Great fun.

      July 15, 2013

  • Rich E.

    Tuesday's aren't great for me but sometimes can make it but will be very last minute if I do!

    July 12, 2013

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