Friday 10th April 2009

This is a short account of the CanoeCamping Club annual Easter meet on the Great Ouse, starting from Box End above Bedford, down river to the Old West River and finishing near Willingham, four miles past Earith. A total of 75 people, a mixture of canoes and kayaks, ages from 9 to past 80, some wild camping and and evening meal on the Saturday.

The first day of canoeing involved going down the river to the scout camp at Great Barford, about 8 miles, after teh car shuttle in the morning.

Campsite at Box End Preparing for Breaksfast Colin, with collapsable boat Looking for the river
First portage and only 200m gone Entering Bedford Sikh temple Railway, how many canoeists tried the slalom? Sue and I did!
Bedford town First lock down the river, manually operated Happy not having to lift canoes round this time. Lunch in the rain
The latest in fashion for the new kayaker about town. Great Barford, second campsite. A good fire To dry out from the wet day

Saturday