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    After weeks (months?) of planning the kids and I were dropped off at the Rose Revived pub on the Thames (Newbridge) in the middle of August for an overnight paddle. We had a lovely afternoon paddling through lots of locks





    We arrived at Pinkhill Lock campsite at the end of the afternoon. Its a lovely little site on an island and we set up camp.





    Dinner was a simple pasta and pesto combination - next time we'll go a bit more adventurous.


    Speaking of adventure we'd been joined by some other campers who had quickly assembled a ridiculously large campfire (this was still in the middle of the dry spell)


    Luckily it stayed under control..


    and my eldest decided to have a go at sleeping in our new hammock


    The campsite


    Breakfast was coffee and pancakes before setting off down the Thames we were picked up in Oxford








    We had a wonderful time, really enjoyed our first canoe camp. Looking forward to trying another one perhaps later this month. Highly recommend Pinkhill Lock for a simple camping experience even with a couple of other tents it was very relaxing

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    Excellent, we did a trip down the Thames over the Summer from Lechlade to Oxford - it was a *bit warm* at the time. Wonderfully historic, decent campsites, locks are a bit different for us coming from West Wales.

    Plenty of pubs too which was a bonus.

    The nearest thing to moving water was a canoe bypass on one of the locks.

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    Its such a good little site that, just love it. Not been this year, but will do soon, I hope
    Its perfect for canoe camping with kids.

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    Sounds like you all had a fantastic adventure! Its my local area but Ive never done an overnight at one of the locks. Something for next summer perhaps.


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    Fantastic!

    How super was that for the kids, and what an adventure they will tell all their friends about!

    Another generation inspired by some great parenting....
    Keep yer paddles wet, and powder dry....

    MB

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    There's nout like camping for bonding with the kid, memories for life.

    Looks a nice secluded site.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Simms ..

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    Great pics - looks like you had fun. Must add that campsite to the list...

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    Enjoyed your blog. A great trip for the children.

    Some folk have no sense over fires, I see they've burned a new place when there was already a fire scar. Glad it didn't get out of control.

    My 10yr old Granddaughter is now planning a canoe camp at half term.

    I think she intends to take me.

    Doug
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    Afloat in the White Canoe.
    Alan Sullivan


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    Looks ideal for a first trip with the kids. I'm sure the pancakes went down a storm as well.
    John

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