Last week I was running a canoe expedition on the River Severn for my friends at Arthog Outreach in Telford.
Day 1 – Shrewsbury to Attingham (20km)
Once the kit was packed away into barrels it was off to Frankwell in Shrerwsbury to start our journey. A quick reminder on how to pack the boats and we set off in glorious sunshine. The river was following quite quickly and we soon arrived at Shrewsbury Weir, which due to the high water levels we opted to portage around. The weir to Atcham is one of my favourite flat water paddles as this stretch just seems to be so abundant in wildlife. After a few hours of paddling and general good banter we soon arrived at our campsite for the night which was courtesy of the Attingham Park Estate.
Day 2 – Attingham to Jackfield Rapids (21km)
With a bit of rain overnight, the water levels rose and and average paddling speed was 8km per hour so we opted for a few leisurely breaks along the way. Soon we passed Ironbridge Rowing Club and passed under the famous Ironbridge, whch from the river looks spectacular. A short paddle later and we were approaching Jackfield Rapids , which is a Grade 2 rapid under normal conditions. However, many of the features of the rapid were washed out to give a pleasant wave train the complete length of the rapid. All safely negotiated the rapid and were buzzing from the excitement so much so that they opted to carry the boats to the top of the rapid and run it again.
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