CSCC Reports 2007: Symonds Yat - September 2007

Partipants were Martin, Stephen, Caroline, Claire, Joe, Pete and me. We made do with a single day's paddling. The water levels were pretty high after rain, meaning that the rocks at Symonds Yat were almost covered. Everyone apart from me made a decent stab at breaking out into what eddies existed. I just had fun bombing down the river. The water flow was so strong that it was impossible to paddle backupstream, but it was good for ferry gliding practice.

Our beginners to white water all did really well and practised the skills they had been taught by Martin. I don't think they realised how many other paddlers were just sitting at the bottom of the rapids doing absolutely nothing!

The weather was reasonable, but a bit chilly and the groupshelter made an appearance at lunchtime. Our search for a cup of tea after we had finished paddling was of an epic nature. The pub by the river had decided, after a spillage and a failed mopping operation, that their floor was far too wet for them to serve any drinks. After that we paid a visit to probably the world's slowest fast food outlet at the motorway services by the Severn Bridge. Nevertheless spirits remained high and a good time was had by all. Special thanks go to Martin as trip organiser and Pete, his second in command.