Summer Canoeing & Camping on the Wye, 11th - 13th July

It's that time of the year again when the river calls the heart of man and woman to find peace in the sound of water, grace in the dance of light....oh and to have a great time capsizing, splashing, camping, drinking, eating and generally having fun!

We've done this for the past 4 years & all were fantastic weekends!

The first year was as hot as can be & made you want to go skinny dipping. The 2nd year we had torrential rain which brought some tough but rewarding challenges... Thankfully for the next two years the sunshine returned again!

Again, we will take a flotilla of canoes (3 people per canoe) 30 miles down the river Wye from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye over 2 days, camping half way.

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Price includes:

Transport between campsite and canoe launch/finish sites
Canoe & safety gear
Pre-launch briefing

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You need to bring:

Tent
Sleeping mattress (foam, self inflating or airbed)
Sleeping bag
Waterproof jacket & trousers (in case of heavy, consistent rain)
Sandles/trainers that you don't mind getting wet/muddy
Waterproof bag(s) for mobile phone/camera/wallet etc while on the boat) Towel
Money for your supermarket supplies and pub meals/drinks
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....Summer time and the canoeing is easy!

No experience is needed at all. That's right. As long as you are capable of paddling (full instructions given) for about 4-5 hours over the course of the day..

It's mostly gentle flow where the only thing you'll hear is the splash of water from your paddle, the call of a heron or cow from the bankside and the sound of your boat mate munching on crisps!

This is one of the most lovely stretches of water in the UK and the freedom to explore it in your boat just can't be beaten!

Just imagine now... we've nipped into the supermarket and stocked up on lunch, wine, beer and snacks. The morning sun is shining as you push off from the bank and feel the easy, slow current, quietly pulling you serenely past majestic swans.

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The Low down..

Food:

Friday - With people drifting in at various times on Friday evening, eat before you come, grab a snack at the services or take your chances at the pub next to our campsite if you expect to get there by say 6pm.

Saturday - If you are someone that 'needs' to eat first thing then bring your food with you. After taking delivery of the canoes around 9am, we will all go into the Asda next to the river launch point to stock up individually on any food/drink for snacks on both days (& your breakfast/lunch on Saturday.

We are booked in for dinner on Sat night and breakfast on Sunday morning at the award winning 'New Harp Inn' pub, right next to our campsite. This is not included in the fee.

Sunday - The plan is to eat a celebratory final Sunday Lunch at one of the 2 pubs where we end the journey early to mid Sunday afternoon. Due to variations in finishing times depending on how fast the river flows, how your team paddle etc & at usually around 3 or 4 people wanting to get straight off back to London, we have found it best not to book this meal in advance. The organisers will check what people want to do for Sunday lunch as the journey progresses over the weekend & try to book space for the right number on Sat night/Sun morning

Meet up details: Official meeting point is at Tressecks campsite for 9:00pm Friday night but you can drift in whenever you make it. The uDare organiser's phone number will be emailed to you prior to the trip so just keep in touch with your expected arrival time or if you have any trouble meeting up.

Travel: We will endevour to match you all in the best way possible for car sharing or pick-ups from the nearest station to the campsite for anyone traveling by train but there is a possibility of you needing a taxi. We cannot guarantee lifts, it depends on the number of drivers etc. We have never had a problem on that front on 6 previous occasions
*The canoe company will take us all to Hereford Saturday morning where we begin our journey. We'll make it back to our campsite late Saturday afternoon, setting off directly from the campsite Sunday morning, eventually reaching the end point in Ross-on-Wye somewhere from 1-3pm Sunday for dinner as mentioned above.

Find your way to Tressecks campsite in Hoarwithy with this map & find the two giant blue uDare tents! (We'll park cars there to come back to them after finishing around 2-3pm Sunday & grabbing a Sunday pub dinner).

* Note - Once we have ascertained numbers and who has transport and where everyone is leaving from Friday etc, we will try our best to match up drivers/passengers with leaving time/location etc and then put you in touch with each other to finalise arrangements.

This is a brilliant weekend and a great price - so sign up while you can!

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  • Heath

    Great fun, would have been good to get to some faster water (Symmonds Yat), but a fantastic weekend none-the-less

    1 · July 22

  • Parmi

    Hi Janey my email address is [masked] looking forward to viewing the photos.bw

    July 17

  • Som

    I have picked up a water bottle left on the publ table. Its orange, see through, and made of hard plastic.If its yours let me know. Cheers Som

    July 13

    • Blayze

      [masked] is my email

      July 15

    • Som

      Hi Blayze, I have sent you a couple of messages but no response. Email me on [masked] if you still want your bottle back.

      July 17

  • Janey

    HIYA ALL !
    I've created a link via dropbox for all pics to share ... if interested to be included / include yours pls send me your email ...
    Cheers -- the hop-a-long Janey x

    July 14

    • Blayze

      Thanks janey

      July 15

    • nita

      [masked] thanks janey x

      July 15

  • Sandra

    Had a great weekend. Many thanks everyone for your great company. Special thanks to Nick for arranging. Sandra

    July 15

  • nita

    Hi all, I'm leaving SW London around midday. There's room in my car if any one is interested. I also have a spare tent which I'll bring along.

    July 10

    • Janey

      Such a star -- was soooooo impressed with your camping prep ! and so kind to share all round too ... and special thanks for tent space too - must catch up for a drink sometime (esp as so local to each other !) Hugs x

      July 14

  • Heath

    Thanks for organising a great weekend Nick et al :)

    July 14

  • Blayze

    Amaaazing time! Great! Thank you so much for organising Nick! Looking forward to doing it again!

    July 14

  • Becky N.

    Great weekend, thanks Nick!

    July 14

  • Diana

    Great weekend. Thanks to all for the laughs and company. Many thanks to Nick and Ivan for getting it off the ground. Roll on summer :-)

    July 14

  • Tim

    Many thanks Nick!

    July 13

  • Nick B.

    Thanks for a great werkend snd lots of fun guys! And a special thanks to Ivan for all his input and help. And from a personal perspective "nuff respect" to my two crew members, Nita & Parmi! :) :)

    3 · July 13

  • Janey

    Fantastic fun

    July 13

  • Nora

    I might be unable to make it this week-end. Please let me know asap if you would like my spot
    Cheers

    July 10

    • Nora

      Hi Becky, I have just emailed you Som's contact details so that you can arrange to meet up

      July 11

    • Becky N.

      Thanks Nora

      July 11

  • Ivan M.

    Don't worry about the weather. I've checked with my pet rock and part from it telling me I'm attractive and fun to be with it's also informed me that our kayaking hours will be dry. So don't worry about that too much. I'll be there early. Please call me if you get there before 20:00hrs:
    [masked]

    I'll have a fire going. Track me down.

    1 · July 11

  • Som

    Hi there. It looks like I may have a place for the trip. Is anyone leaving from near heathrow that might have a spare seat, Cheers Som

    July 10

    • Som

      Hi Nita, Thats a bit early can leave about 3 ..

      July 10

    • Blayze

      There are trains leaving from paddington if you cant get a lift. There is a direct one at 5.20 which goes to Hereford

      July 11

  • Janey

    Leaving SW London (Baron's Court)[masked]pm if anyone still without a lift? SOOO looking forward to a weekend of outdoors, smiles n fun ;-)

    July 7

    • Heath

      On the Saturday evening is it a camp fire or a pub? Or weather dependent? Trying to work out if I should locate a sneaky pack of marshmallows....

      July 10

    • Ivan M.

      Heath, I have ordered the wood and will be running a fire on Friday and Saturday. Certainly do bring marshmallows, always bring them... they will get eaten. I think a pub is booked for Sat evening though.

      July 10

  • Ivan M.

    Some tips:

    Try to leave London before the rush hour, otherwise you might well end up having to pitch your tent in the dark. There will be plenty of us to help with moral and physical support as well as illumination (should you need it). Do bring a decent torch. The campsite is pleasant but has rudimentary facilities; no showers and porta-loos. DO come armed with hand-wipes and moist toilet tissue etc. But I’ll be arranging a fire (if it’s dry) and this time we might try to cook some bits and bobs; ohhh and marshmallows are available locally.

    For those of you preferring a a more comfortable time there is a B&B that is reasonably priced and pretty local. Some of us have already reserved a couple of rooms and I'm not sure how many are left but if you are interested get in touch. More tips and suggestions for things to bring will follow closer to the date.

    1 · June 9

    • Ivan M.

      Yes, it is: Aspen house that's in Hoarwithy, you'll find them with a search. It's pretty close and easy to get to. You would need to drive though; not within walking distance.

      June 9

    • Nick B.

      Great tips Ivan - thanks. I've been a rather absent landlord I fear! Good to see all these posts! Only just found them @"@

      July 10

  • Nick B.

    Uh oh!!! Looking pretty rainy!!! Bring a good waterproof! :)

    July 10

  • Ivan M.

    Less than a week to go and the weather is looking decent; not toasty roasty but warm and dry... now I say dry, you will get wet. So bring changes of clothes, T-Shirts etc. Paddles generate drips and splashes and so don't assume you'll remain dry...

    Talking about 'dry' well I have bulk-purchased 10 water pistols... they are robust and have a good range. I will give them to the first people that ask me at the campsite. I should state though that I have a thermonuclear 'water pistol' (cannon would be a better word though) and so I suggest you join the arms race and bring your own! It's the chasing, the challenges, the banter and the strategic surprises that make the weekend fun, so hopefully you'll all be up for it. Last year was a lot of fun. Also I really suggest investing in one of these:

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9278321.htm

    will make your evenings at the campsite so much more comfortable. They have lots of other camping stuff too.

    July 7

  • Diana

    Hi All, if anyone is still looking for a lift from London I'm planning on leaving from Watford Junction at around 5.30/6pm. It's 15 minutes from Euston on the mainline.

    July 4

  • nita

    Who/when do I pay etc? I'd be driving up from London so can take passengers..

    January 10, 2014

    • Ivana

      Thank you very much Nita, I can come anywhere in London

      January 24, 2014

    • nita

      I'm planning on leaving around midday on friday. Is that OK with you all?

      July 3

  • Nora

    Hi! Could you please let me know if you have any space available in a car leaving from London? Cheers

    June 14

    • Nora

      Thanks Becky

      June 23

    • Becky N.

      No worries

      June 23

  • Blayze

    Hi, I still either need a lift or to know the what train station is closest if possible? Not heard back from Nick

    June 17

    • Blayze

      I think it may be easier for me to get the train there Becky. Thank you for the offer though. May still come back to you if I can't get a ticket.

      June 23

    • Becky N.

      No worries, one space gone though now!

      June 23

  • Diana

    Hi all, if anyone needs a lift up from London I'll be driving from either Woodford Green (IG8) or Watford (WD17).

    June 18

  • Novie

    Hi there,
    So sorry, not able to make it anymore. Let me know if anyone would like to take my space....

    June 13

    • Heath

      Damn you Novie, you'll be missed!

      June 14

    • Novie

      Sorry Heath. Next year, promise we all do canoeing reunion. Will get Rollie to come too :-). Catch up soon.

      June 14

  • Becky N.

    Hi all,
    I'm not sure if anyone is expecting a lift from me, Blayze and Dimple I think were possibilities. Could you let me know, otherwise I'm going to offer the spaces to Nick to fill.
    Thanks
    Becky

    June 3

  • Som

    Hiya, If anyone can't make it i would love a spot. cheers, Som

    June 2

    • Som

      my email is ****[masked]

      June 2

  • Saran

    Guys, Sorry I cant make this trip.... Anyone need my space....?

    May 22

    • nita

      My email is nitamail1@Gmail.

      May 22

    • Saran

      Hi Nita, i just sent an email to u. pls chk and revert back to me pls

      June 1

  • nita

    Hello, now the sun is out I'm getting really excited about this trip. If there are any dropouts my sister would love to take the space. She would like to add that she is a yoga instructor and would love to run some sessions if on the trip. :-) nita

    1 · May 18

    • zain

      Blayze, spot is yours. Thanks for bailing me out!

      May 19

    • Blayze

      new spot available Nita

      May 22

  • Blayze

    If there are any spare lifts leaving from london then please let me know.

    May 20

    • Ivan M.

      The Blizard, really pleased you are joining us! I am stuck on a boat in the middle of the Red Sea with your cousin! I am driving from my house early on the Friday, possibly too early for you though, but could certainly drop you off home as you are still local to me from what I hear....

      May 22

    • Blayze

      Thanks Ivan! Hope you are having an awesome time. I will have to do a full days work on Friday so wont be able to leave until around 5 I dont think.. Boo. thanks for lift home though.

      May 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Becky would I also be able to hitch a ride I live in peri vale please let me know as I'm about to confirm

    February 7, 2014

    • Becky N.

      You'd be very welcome, I can pick you up from S Ruislip station if that suits?

      February 7, 2014

    • Becky N.

      Are you on the trip? Did you still want a lift?

      May 20

  • Michelle

    I am also looking for a spot on this trip... if anyone can't make it, get in touch.

    May 20

  • zain

    i have to pull out. please pm me if you want the spot.

    May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend. If somebody wants my place please message me.

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sent you email. Place is yours.

      April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sold to Janey.

      May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joys nick seems like the spot that was available has been taken just as I was trying to secure a car share with Becky! If anything opens up please can you let me know ASAP as I would really love to join you all!!! Ps I can make great fires!!! Lol

    February 7, 2014

  • Janey

    Hi there. Any lifts from London going pls ! Wud be great to share with a gang from town ... pls message me

    January 25, 2014

    • Becky N.

      I'll be driving from Ruislip around 6pm if that suits?

      January 25, 2014

  • Nick B.

    Hi guys, new faces and old! I have set this up whilst away from home so I don't have my full complement of techie stuff to sort payments right away. But if you can send me your email address to [masked], I'll send you a PayPal payment request over the weekend! Thanks

    January 10, 2014

    • Sandra

      Hi Nick. I've booked two places on the trip, and went through to payment, which it took. Hope that's ok, after reading your previous post.sandra

      January 10, 2014

    • Ivana

      Hi Nick, apologies for the delayed payment. I have now paid by card, however there was no space to add a reference so that you can identify me as a payee. Hope there is a way to track this payment somehow. Many thanks Ivana

      January 24, 2014

  • Guy C.

    Trying to find the PayPal details for this can anyone help?

    January 14, 2014

  • aneta

    I love the idea, have amazing memories of the Wye canoeing and am almost in! thanks Nick for organising :-)

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Nick B.

      Hope you can make it Aneta!

      January 10, 2014

    • Nick B.

      Only one place left Aneta - better get a shifty on :)

      January 11, 2014

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