September has always been a good month for the SBC Paddlers to go to the River Wye, the river is quieter, normally the water levels are good and the weather is cool but kind. The section between Hay-on Wye and Hereford (30 Miles) has been paddled in previous years, so now it was the turn for Hereford to Ross-on-Wye another 30+ mile section.Friday was camp set up at Tresseck Campsite at Hoarwithy with some stunning weather. so it was decided to kick of the weekend with a meal at the local pub, after a long hike of 3 minutes we arrived hot and thirsty to sample the local hooch and food, that turned out to be most agreeable
As is normal the logistics of getting the team, canoes and kit to the stat point takes some organising, but we arrived at Hereford, unloaded and got on the water. For a late September Saturday it was warm and “dress of the day” was sunscreen, and lots of it with temperatures reaching 25 degrees….it was a hot one!
So we started our 18 mile paddle from Hereford to Hoarwithy, in high spirits , lots of sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer! As is our tradition at the end of a hard days paddling, some bottom scrapping and kit sorting/cleaning: the rest and recuperation starts with High Tea, which surprisingly led on to the BBQ and a superb freshly cooked Saag Paneer (Indian cheese and spinach) curry cooked by Dave Barsby.
As the sun set on a great days paddling, chatting, eating and drinking it was time to kick back and relax,warm the toes and recharge the batteries. However we all know where there is Ying there is Yang too. So Sunday we woke up to continuous rain and drizzle, but being a hardy bunch of folk we were not put off.
Sunday was a shorter paddle with only 12 miles, and a slightly faster flow following the overnight rain with fewer stops, apart the one where Dave Morris had a slight soaking. He slipped slowly but elegantly off some rocks into the river! But was able to nip to has caravan to dry and change as we had stopped to say ‘Hi ‘to his wife Kate – very cool Dave!! (Sadly no photo is available of this event!)
Another section of the River Wye completed…. Bring on the next one!