Maldon Canoe Club Members Medway Paddle Sunday 30th January Maldon Canoe Club
Organiser: Peter Ward 07841014366 On Water Leader: Trevor 07771915874.
Route: – Yalding Landing ME18 6HG. East Farleigh ME15 0JH
Distance:6 miles Take lunch and hot drinks.
Note: This trip paddles on water similar to our own Chelmer and is scheduled to fit into our winter program as a follow on from our coaching weekend of 22-23rd January at Paper Mill Lock.
Water: Flat moving water on River Medway Navigation.
On Route: Three locks with canoe slides and moving water to play in. Portages around the slides for those that prefer. White Water playground at Hampstead Weir for those with suitable skill levels. Additional 1 mile loop at end if time and energy permits.
Boat Types: Open Canoes. Kayaks; touring, cross-over, white water.
If you are new to the club and have been paddling with the club in 2021 and are unsure of whether your skill level is suitable for this paddle then please contact Trevor, Clive, Chris or Judy to check.
Personal Prep: This is a mid-winter paddle, layer up under those dry suits and don’t forget those pogies!
The Travel Details. Meet at 10am at Yalding Landing. ME18 6HG
Please allow plenty of time to be ready for start.
Park on the main road next to the canal and be prepared. This means:
• Drop your boat and paddle kit off your roof rack and put them on the grass next to the landing (picture above)
• Be dressed ready to paddle.
• Leave your ‘end of paddle’ kit in your car and be ready to drive to the ‘Get Out’ point.
• Car passengers will stay at Yalding to mind the kit.
Car drivers will drive in convoy to the ‘Get Out’ at 10:20am.
10:35am Park in the East Farleigh Train Station Car Park. (Parking is free at the weekends) Location of parking for your SatNAv is ME15 0JH
10:40am Drivers make the return journey back to the ‘Get In’ in minimum number of cars.
11:10am Launch at Yalding Landing
.For those intending to paddle in the White Water Playground – Paddle across to Tea Pot Island and after a short portage, enter the river below the weir via the River Teise.
For those intending to paddle only Flat Water- Paddle down the canal to Hampstead lock and portage around it. On re-joining the river paddle up stream to regroup with the White Water Paddlers who will come down stream to meet you.
Regroup by 12:15pm – The whole paddle group will re-join and continue their paddle downstream.
Halfway point – At nearly 3 miles – The marina on river right at Wateringbury just before the bridge has a launch ramp for exit where the Rambler Café can be found. (We don’t intend to stop but it could be used if we need an emergency exit point)
Teston Lock – Double Canoe Slide ( 3.75 mile)
Enter the slide on river left. On re-joining the river, if we have sufficient time the White Water Paddlers can paddle up stream to explore the weir flow.
East Farleigh – Get Out (6 miles)
Portage point on river left having passed under the bridge. Short walk up the road to the Station Car Park to re-join the cars.
British Canoeing Licance
Licences: You need to be either a BCU member (please display your Number) or purchase a licence from the following places: Allington Lock (01622 752864), Bow Bridge Marina (01622 812802), Medway Wharf Marina (01622 813927), Allington Marina (01622 752057), Tonbridge Tourist Information Centre (01732 770929) and the Environment Agency Kent and East Sussex Area Office (01732 223222).