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    Default Beg, Lough

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    New Ferry car park at the North end of the lake has a slip. I am hoping to do some sailing here in my sailing open canoe over the next few months.

    Best Wishes

    Frank

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    I think there are slips on both sides of the river. The one on the eastern side is right beside Newferry waterski club. There is some sort of agreement that the skiers don't go up into the lough, it may be because its used by fishermen.
    Big Al.

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    Default Lough Beg k****k blog

    Excellent blog on a Lough Beg paddle, albeit two-bladed:
    http://belfastkayakclub.co.uk/trips/...313/index.html

    BW

    Frank

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    No roads and nothing but canoes and kayaks. Sounds perfect!
    The perfect canoe -
    Like a leaf on the water

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    Default Lough Beg

    Same club, same Lough but different paddlers and boats

    http://belfastkayakclub.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26

    Pete

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    Nice pictures, garetine

    the drowned trees are particularly beautiful.

    Best Wishes

    Frank

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    lough beg is a lovely place some wonderful and spooky history about it too.

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    Default The Strand at Lough Beg

    Seamus Heaney, poet and Nobel Laureate was brought up on the banks. He wrote a poem about the discovery of his cousin's body on the shore (killed by the IRA).

    It's a paradise for canoe sailing.
    Here are blogs of my trips to date:

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=16614

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=16446

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=11304

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=10111

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ad.php?t=10056

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=9733

    The best access points are:

    The slipway at Toome canal (but it's a long paddle back against the current)

    The slipway at New Ferry Water Ski Club (East side of river)

    The slipway at New Ferry public car park (West side of river)

    No roads lead to Lough Beg itself.

    Best Wishes

    Frank
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    Excellent, just up the road from me. I'd been eyeing it up on the map, but good to see pictures from a paddler's eye view! I'll get out there soon enough.

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    So I went there this morning, after dropping the kids off to school. Put in at Newferry west, plan was to head towards toome, against the flow.











    The water was fairly high as some of the neighbouring fields appeared flooded, and there was a mighty headwind too, but I made it onto the Lough and to a wee island for shelter.

    Land ahoy!



    The lead in was fairly "soupy" through the vegitation, so I broke out my homemade pole for the first time. Just the job.



    Not to self: When using a pole in thick mud, remember to collect said pole at end of stroke!



    Navigating to this underwater island was worthwhile, as a pot of gold was apparantly mine for the taking!





    Headed back as the sky was sending me mixed messages of my impending doom!



    A look back to where I'd just come from, and towards the shore explained why the going had been somewhat tough on the outward journey. The flow was fairly strong, mixed with a wicked headwind, I'd been pistoning away in my hydro weather vane to make any progress at all.



    I arrived back at the car, having read the sky almost perfectly.



    And before I could even get the boat out of the water, the heavens opened. To the car!

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    Great pics, I have always put in on the other side of the new ferry, but that's cause it's closer to me, although there is a good canoe step there, it is a bit of a carry to and from the carpark. I've often thought about putting in on the west, but that's usually after I arrive. It can be a fierce battle against the flow and the wind but always great for the return run.
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    I set out to go to the side with the club building, as its closer to me too, but I ended up going over the new Toome bridge, so came up around through Bellaghy.

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