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.
Transport between campsite and canoe launch/finish sites
Canoe & safety gear
You need to bring:
Sleeping mattress (foam, self inflating or airbed)
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
....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.
The Low down..
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!