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    Default Barrow On Soar Sept 2016 - the photo blog

    Taken a day or two get self and piccies sorted after a the 6th instance of trip/venue. Its hard to say the weekend was 'brilliant' as that's far too conceited, but I'll try and list down what I can remember, hopefully some of the others peeps can fill in more gaps, and then you, the reader can decide for yourselves.

    I arrived 10ish Fri morning with a boat and a load of kit, to be met by Hemlock and a cuppa, excellent way to start a weekend. Unloaded car, put up tent and the room with a view. There were a couple of fishermen's cars parked over campfire, so could not faff there but whilst setting up Per arrived and I left him an Hemlock putting up Per's great new tent. Nipped home, picked up second boat, paddling kit, food and as many 'better take that just in case' things I could get into the car. Stopped off on way back to camp for a KFC, and arrived back at camp some 2.5 after I'd left to catch Per and Hemlock finish putting up Per's great new tent.


    Shortly thereafter the fishermen moved off and I could put up the field kitchen, glass recycling bag and wheely bin loaned from the pub. First time I'd used the DD tarp other than the garden - great bit of kit.

    During which time more peeps arrive, a healthy looking stack of wood grew and a cook pit was dug. The Jonah Aka party arrived and once they were done setting up, he and I popped out onto the Soar for a quick paddle from Barrow up to the first weir - think both of us just wanted to a wee chillaxing paddle. On the way back Jonah Aka's sharp eyes spotted a snake swimming its way upriver under the shelter of an overgrown bank. That was deffo A Moment worth a stopping for a few mins to watch!.

    When back around an unlit campfire, over another coffee, the suggestion of popping out 'once dark' for a quick paddle was broached and tentatively a 'plan' was hatched, that we'd grab dinner in the pub 6:30-7:00 is, also an opportunity for those wanting coaching to get together with Colin to discuss what they wanted to do on Sat, and once food settled, we'd do the smaller Quorn loop around 8ish once it had got dark. I leave the 'coaching' side to the weekend to participants to add their thoughts/memories.

    So once dinner had had time to settle a bit, Whitenoise, Hemlock and I headed out in to a moonless still night for a tranquil and somewhat spooky hour or so. Night paddling does have a magic all of its own, which is hard to put into words, but if you've done such a thing, I'm sure you'll understand what I mean. During the paddle there was another Moment, as we happened upon a couple, whom idle speculation conjectures, had recently been increasing the human population and were suitably attired in well, nothing and whom were, in all likelyhood, not expecting a group of paddlers. The things ya see in Lesta.

    Undaunted we got back to the camp, changed and joined the group around a warming fire for several hours of chatting, socialising, reminiscing, munchies and a couple of drinks.

    Moving swiftly on to Sat and Jimmyads steps into his new Apache for the first time.... ... sites down safely with a broad smile.
    Five peeps stayed behind for the coaching with Colin, Per, Jonah Aka, Sue, Hemlock, Whitenoise whilst 6 boats and 7 peeps headed off about 10:00 am to do the Loughborough loop. This included some new faces to a Barrow Meet. Kayakin-Kampsta, Jeff_d, Bobbing Ben. Special welcome to Bobbing Ben as its was pretty much his first meet of any kind, and had not paddled with me before, so really had no idea what he was letting himself in for.
    Most of the Loughborough loop is simple going. However we did come across one spot where a tree at each side had fallen across the river and saw had to come out to cut a path through.
    We stopped at the usual Island for lunch, which had its own Moment as a fish decided to join me in the canoe - not sure whether I'd flicked it in, or it just jumped - only about three inches long. Picked it up and popped it back into the water.
    Quite a few stops along the way for leg stretches, muchies, nattering and generally breaking up the trip.
    Breaks were handy as we were heading into a fair ol' headwind. Happy to say, all people and craft made it safely back to camp.
    Where the ramp was its usual draw. This is Jeff_d having some fun.
    And Bobbing Ben enthusiastically
    seeing how much water he can get in his boat and still stay afloat.
    or not. Handy to have a helpful Mr. Fletcher on hand for such occasions.

    Sat evening was around the fire, bit of music competition between the live bands in the Pub and some nifty guitar work from Jonah Aka. Green Day's "Time of Your Life" has great personal significance and always a pleasure to listen to. Sat evening also saw my first attempt at group chef-fing - esp with Dutch Ovens. Made soup in advance, which was more fitting for Jan with several feet on snow on the around - pinch or 20 too much spice methinks.. and the spag bol wasn't really spag, more pasta shells. The cheese and biscuits though were spot on. Guess it kept peeps alive until the next day, and my thanks all for willingness to try my cooking. Was fun to give it a go.

    Roll on Sunday and the Moutsorrel/Quorn loops.

    THE Paddle and Jeff-d at the Riverside Inn, Mountsorrel.
    Hemlock with a perfect landing.
    Who needs a SUP?
    Jeff-d on the ramp again. On the Monday, Kayakin-Kampsta popped back up and he and I popped out for a final loop around Quorn after the Room with a View and all my stuff was packed away. A nice quite way to end a very busy and fun filled weekend.


    Write up a bit rushed, as alas have to go back to work.... I'll redo a couple of photos and maybe add some more words when I've a bit more time but many thanks to everyone who came along - I hope you all got as much out of the weekend as you wanted. I know I did. Great fun, but only 'cos it was populated with great people.

    Thanks as always to Colin too for his support, and especially for his additional coaching time.


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    Sounds like another great Lesta weekender, sorry I couldn't make it this time.

    Jimmi the apache looks great, well done on fitting it out so quick. How much easier was the loop in it?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary C View Post
    How much easier was the loop in it?

    Cheers
    A lot easier! Apart from the strong head wind on the return leg on the Grand Union Canal, they certainly catch the wind.
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    Some great photos there. Love Jimmy's beard.
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Nice pics and story, can you tell us where you camped as it looked nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    Some great photos there. Love Jimmy's beard.

    Cheers Al, I'm getting ready for the winter.
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    can you tell us where you camped as it looked nice.
    Yup certainly - its just in a field opposite the boat house pub at Barrow Upon Soar
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    It is a field, not a campsite. That said there are 24hr loos pub side available to use. Camping fee is 1 per person per night. If you are interested send me a PM and I'll forward Colin's email address for 'permission'. Many people just park there during the day for a paddle, fishing, dog walking et, which doesn't really require any notice/permission as far as I can tell, but overnighting its at least polite to ask if ok - and could always be in use anyway.

    The Pub itself is noisy - live music every weekend, and Network Rail seem can be noisy overnight, and you can see from the overhead shot, it's not a million miles away from the trainline. Fish and chips come recommended (we tend to eat once at the pub as an extra thx) - there is also an Indian Restaurant (bottom right below).

    Very convenient for no-car shuttling loops from 2-12 miles.



    Hope this helps
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    Hi John.

    Thanks for a brilliant weekend as usual,don't know how you found the patience to

    do the Saturday meal for everyone.you put a lot work into that weekend.

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    Thanks for a brilliant weekend
    Cheers George, glad you enjoyed the weekend . It's that sort of feedback that males the 'work' worthwhile.

    Here are a couple of photos that have been cropped a bit ...









    99.9% of the weekend was less extreme, but you just can't beat a good splash.

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    wanted to quote .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cankay.org.uk View Post
    Yup certainly - its just in a field opposite the boat house pub at Barrow Upon Soar
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    It is a field, not a campsite. That said there are 24hr loos pub side available to use. Camping fee is 1 per person per night. If you are interested send me a PM and I'll forward Colin's email address for 'permission'. Many people just park there during the day for a paddle, fishing, dog walking et, which doesn't really require any notice/permission as far as I can tell, but overnighting its at least polite to ask if ok - and could always be in use anyway.

    The Pub itself is noisy - live music every weekend, and Network Rail seem can be noisy overnight, and you can see from the overhead shot, it's not a million miles away from the trainline. Fish and chips come recommended (we tend to eat once at the pub as an extra thx) - there is also an Indian Restaurant (bottom right below).

    Very convenient for no-car shuttling loops from 2-12 miles.



    Hope this helps
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    Thanks very much, I'll try and keep this in mind for next year.

    A field suits me down to the ground

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    I'll try and keep this in mind for next year.
    Fair likelihood we'll be back as a group thing end of May bank hols 2017 (if not before) - keep an eye on Meeting/Trips/Social if that'd be of interest. Or just yell if yer in the neighbourhood and don't mind a spot of company.

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    Looks like you all had a great time - would have loved to have joined you, hope we don't have clashing dates next year.

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    Whilst waiting in a local Chinese takeway, I picked up a local paper that had an article about the R.Soar Accessibility so did a quick search online and added a link to the article under 'Media'.

    In searching the Mercury website for 'canal' the first link that came up was from today and related to Sue Townsend (of Adrian Mole fame) - many of those on this and other paddles at Barrow are probably aware of the association between Colin and Sue - if not, then this news article kinda makes it clear.

    The new BBC 2 documentary - The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4) - will be shown on Saturday [Jon: which I think translates to 15th Oct 2016] at 9pm.

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    Don't know if it's my computer but the link on the media thread doesn't work. (also posted on the media thread)

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    Thanks - I've posted correct link on the media thread

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