Canoe Camping on the Avon

For those of you who are interested in trying canoe/kayak camping or looking to practice/enhance your skills, I’m organizing a one night local camping trip on Friday 3rd April (Good Friday). The plan is to paddle from Riverside Centre at Pershore to a campsite at Strensham, camp overnight, then paddle on down the river on the Saturday, with a get out at Tewkesbury (subject to arrangement).

The campsite we will be using is Hopyard Farm – http://www.hopyard-farm.co.uk. They have showers for a small fee and toilets onsite. Water taps and a washing up area is also available. So you won’t have to rough it totally. The cost for the campsite will be £8 per person.

The plan is to meet at Pershore at 10am on the Friday to ferry vehicles and be on the river for 11am. We will have a short break for lunch on route, so we should arrive at the campsite late afternoon. On the Saturday morning after breaking camp, we will paddle towards Tewkesbury, arriving around lunchtime. The get out location will depend how many are coming, so I will confirm nearer the time. I do plan to leave one vehicle at the campsite in case of emergency only.

I would like people to be as self-sufficient as possible in terms of tents, stoves and food etc. Although this may mean working together in small groups if you are a family or sharing a canoe with someone else and space is limited. So you will need to plan in advance the logistics of transporting your kit, what pots, pans, utensils etc. and food you will need to take. There is a great deal of experience within the club for these kind of trips, so if you are unsure of what you may need I’m sure you will be able to find someone who will be able to give advice.

If you could let me know by 28th Feb if you want to join us, what craft you will be using and if you will be paddling tandem or solo.

Dave B.