The Norfolk Broads Canoe Trail combines a Canadian canoe expedition with overnight accommodation in tents located in mainly remote and exclusive riverside settings. This is a unique outdoor adventure experience in the Norfolk Broads and is specifically designed for people wanting a blend of adventure, peace and 'getting back to nature'.
Each camping site has a nearby loo, water supply, store of firewood, first aid and fire safety equipment. However we will need to bring sleeping bags.
We will paddle down one of the most beautiful rivers in the Norfolk Broads in very stable Canadian canoes before finding our own tipi in a most beautiful and peaceful spot. It is large Tipi which will sleep up to 7/8 people.
Meeting time and meeting point:
If you are late, I'm afraid we will not be able to wait but you will be welcome to catch up with us at the platform or at the destination.
If you have any problems please give Ross a call on 07956207921. If you are trying to call and not getting through, this may be becasue 15 other people are also calling me to ask for the way, so please send me a text. As it gets quite hectic when everyone starts arriving and looking for the meeting point, please don't email me or leave a voice mail as I will not have time to check it until after the hike. If you realise last minute that you can not make it - please change your RSVP and text me.
Plan of the trip
Saturday 8th June:
9:30am train from London to Wroxham, arrive 12noon. We will need to change in Norwich (arrive at 11:27, depart at 11:45).
12:00-1pm Lunch in Wroxham. (not included)
1pm Mini bus to the campsite dropping our kit at the tipis and continuing to the start of our paddle.
1.30pm – 3:30pm Canoeing
The CanoeMan guide will drive us to the upper stretched of the Bure and give us a safety briefing, necessary equipment and launch us onto the river. Over the rest of the day we will paddle our way along the beautiful, meandering River Bure back to the tipi, which will take about 2 hours.
We will paddle down to Buxton Mill. Leave our canoes here, take our kit with us, and walk to the white mill. The minibus will meet us here between 3 - 3.30pm.
We can then have a relaxed evening around the fire or a short walk to the local hostelry which serves fine food and excellent beer. Meals must be prebooked! (food not included)
Sunday 9th June:
p:30am we will picked up by the mini bus and taken back to our canoes and continue our paddle to the shop in Wroxham - a 5 hour paddle.
Our gear will be collected on Sunday morning and will be waiting for us at the shop so once we have finished our day we will have it with us.
15:30 Collect kit from TheCanoeMan shop in Wroxham at the end of our paddle.
Lunch in Wroxham (not included)
17:13 train back to London, arrives at 8:18pm
Travel to Wroxham; 2.5 hours trip
Address of the campsite – The Goat, Skeyton, NR10 5DH
For instructions on how to pay the reminder of the fee, please follow the link: http://www.adventureclub.biz/pages/Bank_account/
Please make sure you pay the reminder of the money by 1 June 2014.
The tents are in the grounds of The Goat, Skeyton. It will be ready for us from 4pm on your first day of arrival. We have to vacate the tipi by 11am on our final day.
The Goat serves dinner until 9.00pm in the evening, if you wish to eat in the pub it is advisable to pre-book [masked] www.skeytongoatinn.co.uk as the pub is likely to be fully booked Friday and Saturday evenings (the food is good!).
There are toilets, showers and washing up facilities at the campsite, and tokens are available from the pub. The nearest shop is about 1 mile from The Goat –Thoroughgood’s, Barton Rd, RAF Coltishall, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5JR; [masked], which is open 7 days a week.
There are also two well stocked shops in Coltishall, open from 6am to 10pm, a petrol station, five pubs, a thai restaurant, fish and chip shop and a coffee shop (we will pass through here on our second day's paddling).
The tipi is fully equipped, we only need to bring your sleeping bags, pillows, towels and food.
We will be supplied with:
• Buoyancy aids
• Dry-bag (Please note we cannot guarantee the safety of your belongings in thedry bag - any items you take on the water you do so at your own risk. We alsorecommend you place items within a plastic bag inside the dry-bag.)
Suggested Kit List:
• Clothing Suitable to the Conditions (Try to avoid cottons & denims as they soak upand hold water.)
• Sun / Rain HatFootwear (2 pairs- A pair you don’t mind getting wet/muddy and a pair forafterwards should you get wet.)
• Spare clothing just in case you need it, particularly if it is windy and cold for an extra layer.
• Sun Cream/ Insect repellent
• Water / wind proofs
• Air / water tight tub (Tupperware) for putting valuables in.
• Drinking water and snack (if you wish)
IMPORTANT: By taking part in this meet-up you agree to the following disclaimer: I acknowledge that canoeing is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities. The organiser does not take any responsibility for my safety.
Please note: If you do not make the meeting point at the time allotted the bus will leave without you. Any unscheduled pickups or drop offs will incur a minimum £10 additional fee.
Please be aware, if your canoe/kayak is not returned to the agreed finish point, you will be liable for recovery costs.
Use of illegal drugs is completely prohibited.
No alcohol to be consumed before 6p.m. or prior to ANY activity.
There will be an Instructor on site at all times.
Drinking will be allowed in moderation only- wine or a beer with dinner etc.
The site is in an area of outstanding beauty with a lot of resident wildlife and noise must be kept to minimum.
Any group deemed to be abusing/ breaking these rules will be given:
1. A verbal warning
2. A financial penalty of £25 per head
3. Removed from the site without a refund.
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.
Please note this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to secure your place you have to join it via this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/151045082/. Please note that only once you RSVP and pay the paypal fee on the main site your place will be confirmed.