Monday, October 28, 2013

Cornish Biathlon x 3

A bit of a paddle and a bit of a ride turned into a two day mini biathlon, but in a fun way. 

Biathlon 1. The Lynher. Running off  Bodmin Moor and emptying into Plymouth Sound the Lynher has two sections really. We opted for the inland non tidal section from Kerney Bridge to Notters Bridge. Only 10 mins outside of Plymouth this is a great run for introducing paddlers to moving water with a few little gifts on the way in a very pleasant unspoilt valley with plenty of wildlife and interesting things to see on the way down. 

Kearney Bridge.

 The first bit of interest and a complete surprise. 4 nice 1-2ft weirs that could be huge fun.  In fact, they were fun! These hadn't been mentioned before.

When can I move in?

 The UK Rivers guide did mention a weir, was this it? Very broken up and more like a natural rapid. Class 2 (+?)

 Lots of bridges led to some confusion about where we might be.

 And then the inevitable happened. A portage. Just the one though.

 Boats safely stashed and ready for us to hit the road. It was actually about 10 miles, having looked a map afterwards there's definitely a shorter route which is great because the main road pretty busy.  Hindsight...

 A really nice trip. A bit of a Cornish Gem.

 Ding Ding, Round 2. The Camel. Tuckingmill to Penrose. 

 Ok levels at the put in.

The best bit?

 The shuttle is not that bad by bike, a steep start covered in wet leaves but short then a quick blast back down to the put in. 15 mins at most even if you walk up the hill.

Oi Oi the Fowey!
I can see the attraction here. Mostly flat but moving at a nice pace and then every 5 mins or so small man made weirs produce some really fun waves and features. Nothing sticky just good laughs.

Lots of little waves to catch on the fly.

One of the larger drops. This had quite a chunky wave which would have been great fun in a playboat.

 Who needs BC When ya got DC?  The short walk out to Bodmin train station.Amazing greens in the forest.

Feet out, flat out. A short road ride back to the put in. The riding is fine, undulating road but very busy with some big traffic.

Last 6 photos by Ben Watts

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