What a summer it has been, and what better way to finish the Gold Canoeing expeditions than on the mighty river Wye!
Dan McGaley and myself went to the Wye to supervise and assess two Gold teams. We started the expedition at Byecross farm where we spent the night camping in a beautiful Orchard. Tents packed down, both teams full of bacon baps, they were buzzing to start their expedition! Day one was a shorter day with plenty of time for the teams to develop their aim, have rests and enjoy their paddle down towards Hereford Rowing club. If you’re looking for a campsite with great facilities, I would recommend this spot!
The second day the teams meandered through the river in the gorgeous sunshine. They had a longer stretch to canoe to get to Hoarwithy and stay at Tresseck campsite. Going past incredible wildlife such as swooping kingfishers, and hovering birds of prey were absolute treats to paddle alongside. We had a lush camp fire this evening to roast our marshmallows and not forgetting Dan’s popcorn in a sieve invention.
Third day in and this is a hefty day but these teams had it covered. They started early and were in Ross on Wye for the perfect lunch spot. After a stone skimming session, they continued down their favourite parts of the river (the fast sections) collecting dead wood all the way until Welsh Bicknor to camp at the YHA. After the traditional last night wild swim the team prepared the wood for the final campfire. One of the biggest challenges during this expedition for Dan and I is the drive down to the youth hostel which is not for the faint- hearted!
Eager and keen for the last day, the teams were on the water by 8am. A quick inspection of Symonds Yat resulted in epic lines down the rapid which they were all pleased with. One last push to get to the end point at Monmouth Rowing Club.
The teams left the expedition craving more white water! They’ve got the bug-what a result! Dan and I can’t wait to go back to the Wye for its beauty, great riverside camping spots with easy access and an awesome paddling community! A smashing expedition completed by both teams.