Paddle the Barford Loop, hopefully bandit getting out onto A429

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Paddle the Barford Loop, hopefully bandit getting out onto A429

Time: March 24, 2012 from 9am to 1pm
Location: Barford
Phone: 01789 841240 (home) 0121 627 3222 (work) 07747 403691
Event Type: flatwater, paddle, with, optional, tree, hugging
Organized By: Brian Nicholson
Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2012

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On last years DoggyPaddle there was a tree down on the Barford loop, blocking the main channel. Hence Janet spent all day getting her feet wet, stopping muppets from paddling  under it. I want to check if it has 'cleared itself', and if not, attempt to chop it down with a bowsaw.I really need a couple of people to  help/act as safety, and another car to avoid a long walk. There is a small risk it may not be easy to get out where I have indicated.although a footpath does run alongside for a while, so may have to paddle to Wasperton, and try and get out there. Approx 2.5 miles.

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Comment by Mark W on March 21, 2012 at 20:12

Thank you Brian, that is very kind of you to let me join you!  Mark has told me to go out in the morning and buy a locking carabeener and a tow line! Hmm. We will join you at Barford Bridge if that is OK, it is literally two minutes from where we live.

See you Saturday :)


Comment by Brian Nicholson on March 21, 2012 at 19:16


Of course, please join us. you can either meet us at RLSCC or at Barford bridge with your boats/gear, probably around 9-30am to 9-40am. Hopefully we will agree to extend the paddle all the way to Hampton Lucy, rather than stopping near Wasperton, but we will discuss that in the morning.


Comment by Mark W on March 21, 2012 at 14:30

Hi Brian, this is Mary, Mark's partner - he's not very good at typing so I'm doing my secretary bit.

We live at Barford so would very much like to do this paddle with you and help where we can.  I have been having lessons with Hayley from Brookbank Kayaks and I think (hope!) I could manage this paddle, my first "proper" paddle.  Would it be OK if I came along with Mark please? 

I've been down to the A429 at the arrow where you indicate the "bandit get out  and it is do-able, albeit not completely kocher.  It is quite a steep bank but if someone athletic goes up first :) then even a wuss like me should cope.  The footpath doesn't come right down to the river edge but there is a pump down there on the bank of the river so it is a well-trodden area.  The 5-bar gate doesn't open but that wouldn't be a problem and there is parking for a couple of cars, albeit not long term parking I would hazard a guess.

The get-in next to the old bridge is a dream for a beginner like me although the water is a bit shallow right now. 

May I accompany Mark please?

Mary :)

Comment by Simon Crighton on March 4, 2012 at 20:13

Brian, I kayaked the stretch from Barford to Wasperton twice last July (just before I joined the club and learnt that trees can eat paddlers!!).  The tree was still there but at that water level it was possible to paddle round/through it on river left.  If it is still in that state it would certainly benefit from a bit of lopping.  The exit at Wasperton (about 200y upstream from the village) was a tricky scramble up a steep bank. If folks fancied a bit more paddling, Hampton Lucy would be an easier way out (about 5 miles in total). Cheers. Simon

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