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A short expedition up the River Lugg

This is a tributary of the River Wye. I parked and launched at Lucksall Camp Site and paddled up the Wye for about 1 mile. Here the river Lugg enters from the right bank. This is a much narrower river rather like the Soar where it runs around Loughborough. I canoed upstream for a 1/4 of a mile to just below Mordiford. Here the river splits in 2 with the fast flowing weir stream ahead (too fast to paddle against, I tried!). Entering from the right is the old lock cut with only a trickle of water entering through the remains of the old lock chamber. Therefore my only option to continue on was to portage my canoe up the lock cut until it deepened out just above the old weir (rapids). You can then paddle under the ancient stone Mordiford Bridge and on the left is a grassed area suitable for launching. It links to the main road B4224 via a permissive access path. There is a long lay-by on this road just west of the bridge so parking and launching from Mordiford is possible. I then returned via the weir stream which is now a long series of fast flowing rapids. Best to remove any skegs here, and keep away from many “sweepers” (low hanging branches) on the right hand bank. After the rapids its a leisurely paddle back downstream to Lucksall.

( Lucksall camping and caravan site is ideal for a club canoe trip as its very large and has all facilities)

Text and photos Robert Aspey

Ullswater Trip 2020

Ullswater 2020 – We Got There!

When the fireworks had finished; 2020 and a new decade was upon us, all full of excitement for the coming paddling season, boy were we in for a shock!

The planning had been completed, the campsite booked, June the 19th was the date SBC Paddlers were off the Lake District for some open water paddling a new experience for some and possibly a tad daunting.  Then Covid struck!  After, Lockdown #1, June was still a possibility.  As the time drew nearer it was obvious this wasn’t possible.  So, phone calls, emails, text, whatsapp and drums, all used and a new date was agreed September 18th was the date.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and camping gear all packed and ready to go! The choice of campsite was great just a few minutes’ walk to the water’s edge. Those who arrived early took advantage and got on the water for a Friday evening paddle to watch the sunset, all socially distanced of course.

Saturday morning arrived, everyone up early packed ready to go.  Two groups of 6, all levels of experience in each group.  The sun shone, the breeze blew, even had a go at sailing!  Two stops, coffee on a little beach, then our packed lunches with lashing of ginger beer on a pebble beach all to ourselves.  What could be better.  A relaxing paddle down to Glenridding, what a fabulous day! But in life where there is Ying, there has to be Yang.  7 miles completed and 7 more to go!

So off we popped to paddle back up Ullswater; the lovely breeze we had on the way down had decided to increase to Storm Force 3 gusting 5, and on open water that means wave heights 2 – 3 feet, an exciting trip.  Sadly, we were all concentrating on paddling in a straight line into wind, counting the paddle stokes, and watching the waves to take any photos! No one capsized – Phew!

A couple of hours later we arrived back at the campsite, tired, hungry, happy, and smiley.  Under normal camping rules a campfire would have been lit, with some sort of outdoor cooking extravaganza, but with Covid we cooked our own (Paul enjoyed his Pizza and wished he’d ordered two!!).   After a fabulous warm sunny day, we had a clear and very cold evening, but being hearty folk, whilst enjoying a couple of beers/wines/whiskies we had a quiz, a chat then off to our relevant tents, campervans.

So, this is our lasting image of the Ullswater trip.

Let’s get the vaccinations done and move on and have fabulous 2021.

On a side note, over the summer in groups of 6 we had a total of just over 800 paddlers on the water, not bad under the circumstances.  Many thanks to all the organisers who gave up their time.

Graeme Young

Ullswater Paddling Weekend

Ullswater Paddling Weekend 12/06/20 -14/06/20

Arrive Friday 12th. June set up camp.
Paddle Ullswater Saturday,  evening activity TBC’d. Either paddle Ullswater Sunday or look for an alternative.

Price list for camping will be posted separately, 50% upfront which is non-refundable Full payment two weeks in advance. So I would ask that all payments made in full at the time of booking. We will be camped in a field near the water.

Parkfoot Campsite, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NA   for more details about the campsite, click on the link below.

Graeme Young

The River Wye 2019 By Graeme Young

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!

The Welsh Connection By Graeme Young


This was a mid week visit to Wales with the intention of paddling the  Llangollen Canal, and a chance of also introducing open water paddling to some of our less experienced members.

Llyn Tegid, also known in English as Bala Lake, is a lake in Gwynedd, Wales. The name Tegid may be related to Welsh teg, meaning “fair”. It was the largest natural body of water in Wales before its level was raised by Thomas Telford to help support the flow of the Ellesmere Canal.

Bala did not disappoint, with some heavy rain, the car park was underwater, but being intrepid explorers, it did not take long to unload the canoes and kayaks and get on the water. Then came the fun! When we changed tack to paddle across the lake, the wind blew up and provided a broadside swell of sea state  3 and some interesting gusts of wind. After a bit of hard work we crossed the lake then skirted the shore till we got back to the launch point.

Off to the campsite for some of the intrepid explorers and a hotel for our even hardier paddlers.  A good meal had been earned and the choice of hostelries in LLangollen did not fail.

Then came the main event

Embarking at the start of the LLangollen Canal (a World Heritage Site), paddling back up to Horseshoe Falls. This was truly the source!.

The canoe trail is classed as a 10-mile paddle, but Google Maps put it closer to 12.  We were joined by a past club paddler Carys Owen who re-located home to Anglesey a number of years ago, it was good to catch up.

The trip down the canal was a very relaxing with good time made at around our average pace of three miles per hour with stops. Then came the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Some of the team were a bit wary of the height at 38m (124ft), but when you see what a truck looks like it puts it all into perspective!!

A short distance further on  was another first for most of us, as we passed under a Lift Bridge, kindly raised by Paul S.


So like all enjoyable days , there has to be something that reminds you, even on canals you have to be careful. With a lot of hire Narrow boats in the area, once we were a third of the way through the 450m tunnel with a 500w LED Builders light on the front canoe and everyone with head torches on, a hire boat decided to come through and meet us. After a brief discussion it was decided that we would walk our canoes back the way we came and let the very sheepish boater carry on his way.

Leaving Wales we passed over another aqueduct at Chirk  and paddled into England for a short distance.

A very enjoyable paddle through some stunning landscape, wonderful views and warm hospitality.

North Wales Trip

NORTH WALES TRIP and a minute bit of England.

Tuesday 1st October 2019. Travel to Bala and afternoon paddle on lake. Overnight camp (TBA).

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 Canoe trail from Swallow Falls to Chirk along Llangollen Canal, 10 miles including crossing Pontcysylite Aquaduct.

Please note at this stage it may be necessary to transport the boat you are using as I am not sure if a towing vehicle will be available.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Shane Morgan

River Wye Canoe Camping Weekend


Reminder of the above trip. I am now taking numbers, please start letting me know who is coming and which boat you will using.

Friday 20th September- Set up camp at Hoarwithy, Tresseck Campsite.

Saturday 21st September – Hereford to Hoarwithy – 17miles

Sunday 22nd September – Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye – 12miles

This trip will be open to all club members. Full details will follow. Basically it will follow previous formats. Bring your own food and camping gear.

Saturday’s paddle back to campsite from Hereford. Communal BBQ on Saturday night.

Sunday paddle from campsite to Ross.

Camping fees will be paid direct to campsite.

Paddling fees will be normal club fees.

Members on ‘pay as you paddle’ using club boats: adults £4 per boat per day and children £1 per day.

Plus £3 trip fee for all.

Shane Morgan