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    Default Lechlade - where to park and put in?

    Can anyone tell me where I can park and put in, at or near to Lechlade, please?

    Also, which direction makes for the nicest there-and-back paddle - I'm thinking up to about two hours (4-5 miles) each way, hopefully without a portage (lazy me).

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    Hey

    You can put in to the south of the bridge from Riverside Park, condition of grass/mud will depend how close you can get, but always a bit of a carry; http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoints.php?PP=193

    Going upstream you will be against a noticeable flow and subject to dodging fallen trees once you get past the first couple of miles. Really nice part of the river though if you're up for that.

    Downstream you're immediately on the navigation, two hours will take you through a couple of locks or so and back. Very pleasant, surprisingly remote and rural, a perfect peaceful paddle on a summer's day.
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    That's great Mal, thanks. The Riverside car park looks just the job. (I need to familiarise myself with PaddlePoints - thanks for the link, now bookmarked.)
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    Upstream is my favourite paddle. Quite remote and peaceful. Always seem to see kingfisher. I would recommend using a trolley, if you have one to get canoe and kit to the river. I noticed the other week that there are signs saying no launching, as the bank is apparently unstable now, so you might need to walk a few yards further east. A beautiful paddle though, and its possible to return using the current, with just the odd steering stroke. Enjoy,
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    Most of the car parks in Lechlade are pay and display. There is a carpark by the river at Burcot but not sure if that is pay and display. Best to google it. Slipway by the Trout pub at St John's . Could give them a ring and ask whether you can park there for the time you want. May have to buy a pint or a meal on your return though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Downstream you're immediately on the navigation...
    I'm pretty sure I'll be going upstream from Lechlade, then back, but I'm curious as to what defines the navigation - is it the upper limit for motorised craft? Are there any particular rules of the road on the navigation? Thanks.
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    The limit for motor boats basically, which is actually just upstream at Roundhouse. From your perspective, doesn't really matter, but you may be asked for proof of licence (Canal & River Trust or through Canoe England/British Canoeing). Otherwise, just keep right passing boats.
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    Okay, thanks. I've got my license through BC, btw.
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    Paddled upstream and back this morning, from the Riverside car park - what a lovely stretch of river... absolutely loved it. Saw a kingfisher, red kite (common now, but I remember 30 years ago they were only to be found in the Elan Valley) and a very large aeroplane, being escorted at close quarters by a fighter jet, in a westerly direction... I wonder who that might that might have been.

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    Glad you enjoyed it. I haven't done it this year, unfortunately. As you go upstream you get very close to RAF Fairford, so not surprised you saw something interesting. Three stealth bombers flew over our house this morning, coming from Fairford direction - very impressive.
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