BOOK HERE A tradition is born as this is the fourth time we organise this New Year's paddle! Here is a chance to start the New Year off paddling some of the best water in the Country.
We will be based at the Pengelly Centre at Buckfastleigh. This is a tried and tested venue for us and is in a great location for access to the River Dart.
This year the paddling emphasis is slightly different. We ask you to help and share your knowledge of canoeing and sailing down the rivers! Some would like a coach to help them others are happy to paddle down with a group and enjoy the day!
We will welcome small groups wanting to work together in a supported environment and would like to give opportunities for those working towards Canoe Leader (4*) assessment to practise leading a small group.
Suitably experienced paddlers may prefer to try other local rivers if conditions allow. If you are new to independent canoeing we can support your planning and preparation.
If you fancy exploring the area on foot, there are plenty of walking or cycling opportunities. A visit to the Zoo is possible.
After the festive season has taken its toll on all our wallets we want to make this weekend as reasonably priced as possible. Catering is also included in the price so you don’t have to worry about cooking. You’ll just need to provide snacks and your lunch for the two days.
If you're local or want to arrange your own accommodation then just book day tickets and join us on the day.
BONUS! We have arranged with Craig from Marsport to bring some demos boats! The plan is to do a real tryout, not just a bit of floating! Take them from Austin bridge to the get off at rock garden. Then go again but with a loaded boat or another model!
Itinerary of the weekend.
18.00 first arrivals
20.30/21.00 short briefing re safety and how to plan the trips for the weekend.
8.30 briefing and work out some details of the day trips.
As it get dark early we expect most people to come back at 16.00ish and have some social and games time till food will be served around 19.00ish.
We aim to start a bit later today to give opportunity to clean the building for those who like to paddle else where and don't want to come back to centre. Hopefully it’s not the same persons who helps with cleaning!
This weekend is also aimed at family or parents who like to bring their child(ren) so be aware as its a bunkhouse you may share sleeping rooms and facilities with under 18’s! But all accompanied by parent(s).
Under 18/students £35.-
Day-tickets (No food!) £5.-
Non OCA or BC members pay an extra of £10.- what ever ticket you buy.
Includes two nights bunkhouse accommodation
Two cooked breakfast and one cooked meal with Dutch new year treats!
Any dietaries, allergies please contact us before booking!
Any questions please email; Mark-Jan@opencanoe.info
Booking to Follow
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