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    Default River Cuckmere - Cuckmere Haven to Alfriston and back

    The River Cuckmere has been on my list of a while but I've never managed to get the tides correct to make the trip work. The paddle starts from the very pretty Cuckmere Haven meanders, next to the Seven Sisters cliffs. There is a good write up in Pete Knowles' 'Pub Paddles' book.

    paddlepoints link

    We camped the night before with Lyn (Silverbirch) at a great camp site near Alfriston and met Peter (Impcanoe) and Gwyn at the meanders put in. It was an overcast and windy day, but the trip up to Alfriston was scenic and we were ushered along nicely by the wind and tide passing the white horse, open meadows and lots of Egrets.

    The river is muddy and quickly narrows down to a tight channel with high reeds alongside. Progress was hampered in places by shallow water or obstructions but we were quickly in Alfriston where we locked the boats together, found some pirate treasure (of course ) and made the short walk to the Old George for a very generously portioned lunch.

    Heading back an hour or so later with the falling tide, we had to line a bit where it got too shallow and then battled the wind back to Cuckmere Haven passing herons, cows, motorbikes, a buzzard, more egrets and a kingfisher along the way until we got back to the put in where surprise arrivals Ted (Woodworm) and Kaye had popped down to meet us. Loading the boats up quickly we popped across the road into the visitor centre cafe and enjoyed tea and scones where the different regional pronunciation of scones was debated and a general catch up was had.

    Thanks to Lyn, Gwyn, Peter for their company on the water and also Kaye and Ted for joining us for tea and helping to pack up.

    A short movie:




    Link for apple people

    Cheers

    Ade

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    Yes....I enjoyed that.

    Always great to see the different generations having a great time together.

    Thanks for posting.

    Dick
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    nice video!
    The worst day canoeing is better than the best day working

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    Nice video Ade.

    Who remembers Jack Hargreaves and Out Of Town? That's not the first time that seeing an image of Peter has caused me to remember it

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    Quote Originally Posted by elveys View Post
    Nice video Ade.

    Who remembers Jack Hargreaves and Out Of Town? That's not the first time that seeing an image of Peter has caused me to remember it
    Remembers yes, even have them on VHS. Those things like DVDs but bigger and full of strange stuff called tape
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    Nice video. Looks like everyone had a great time. Excellent stuff!!
    Cheers, Chris.

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    Great stuff folks! A paddle I must do sometime.

    Cara appears to be getting those cross-deck strokes in nicely, as well as paddling much harder than you...
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Who remembers Jack Hargreaves and Out Of Town?
    Is there no end to Peter's talents?


    as well as paddling much harder than you...
    I edited out the 'put the *#"?ing camera down and help out please' lines.

    Now not sure about the added Vimeo muzak....

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    Great paddle, and a good day to convince Gwyn that the rest of the SOTP peeps are not weirdos like me. When ever I see images of my self, I'm reminded of the A A Milne lines

    A Bear, how ever hard he tries
    Grows Tubby, without exercise.

    Impcanoe

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    Super .

    A burning question followed the viewing of your video...............How did the pancakes turn out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    Super .

    A burning question followed the viewing of your video...............How did the pancakes turn out?
    Well with a bit of a flip
    They were brill.
    So we beat on,boats against the current,bourne back ceaselessly into the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Great paddle, and a good day to convince Gwyn that the rest of the SOTP peeps are not weirdos like me. When ever I see images of my self, I'm reminded of the A A Milne lines

    A Bear, how ever hard he tries
    Grows Tubby, without exercise.

    Impcanoe

    A TEDdy bear by eating pies
    can sometimes grow to twice your size .


    Lookat the pictures of us under the bridge Peter
    your positively sylph-like
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    Ted I laughed out loud at that

    Don't trust pictures taken in the dark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    Super .

    A burning question followed the viewing of your video...............How did the pancakes turn out?

    Ha, dodgy pun... I'll never know as we were late to get to the put in and I never got one...

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    Finally got round to sorting the photos - not many on the water but here are a few anyway

    From the campfire the night before with Lyn (more broken bones than Evel Knievel) Silverbirch - get well soon...




    Cara brought along the world's shortest sparklers...






    Finally a canoe pic - Mr and Mrs Impcanoe


    Lots of egrets about - Lyn came up with an appalling pun which I can't remember...






    Izi attempts to swat Alfriston Church with his paddle...


    The found pirate treasure just happened to have a plastic toy inside.. Lyn lends a hand in assembly outside the Old George




    Sailing vessel of sorts!



    Cheers

    Ade

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    Great video: I really enjoyed watching that.

    I've yet to see a wild egret in the UK, no matter how hard I have tried. It reminds me of that Edith Piaf song:

    Non, rien de rien
    Non, je n' egret rien!

    Was that the pun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhopper View Post
    Great video: I really enjoyed watching that.

    I've yet to see a wild egret in the UK, no matter how hard I have tried. It reminds me of that Edith Piaf song:

    Non, rien de rien
    Non, je n' egret rien!

    Was that the pun?
    Don`t make me laugh-my ribs hurt

    Thanks , trying to `get well` as soon as possible.

    `egrets , we`ve had a few
    So we beat on,boats against the current,bourne back ceaselessly into the past.

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    Thanks for the extra photos. There were those in my extended family who felt that the distant views of their mother or grandmother might have involved the use of doubles, but one of your shots proves otherwise.

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