Bristol & Bath Weekend - Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2019

Hosted by Mark Bache, this new event in the OCA calender includes Friday and Saturday night camping at Rock East Woodland Campsite near Bath and two circular paddles on very different sections of the river Avon (with no need to shuttle cars).   Saturday is a 12 mile loop starting at Bathampton (near Bath) paddling South on the Kennet & Avon Canal to Avon Cliffe, a quick portage down to the river at an aqueduct and return to the start along one of the prettiest sections of the non-tidal Avon. This route includes a number of weirs that can either be shot or portaged depending on river levels.   Sunday is an interesting loop through both historic and modern Bristol. Starting east of the city centre it follows the Avon on an outgoing tide to where it meets the entrance to Bristol Harbour (just upstream of the Clifton Suspension Bridge). After a 200m portage over the locks we return via the canalised original course of the Avon right through the centre of Bristol, passing the SS Great Britain and other interesting landmarks including a tunnel under the city that can be paddled. We then re-join the main river just above a huge weir that, earlier in the day, was invisible below the high spring tide and paddle back to the start . The whole trip is just over 10 miles and will be timed to coincide with the tides. The paddling is generally straightforward, but participants will need to be confident of hitting the boat ramp at the entrance to the locks in a moderate flow.   The cost to attend the weekend is £45 per person which includes two nights camping fees with the expectation that participants make their own food arrangements on an individual basis.   Further joining instructions will be sent on the run-up to the event.   Please follow this WebCollect link to book your place:  
Aug 30 to Sep 01 2019, 7:00pm - 7:00pm