Following on from our walking trip earlier in the year, Martin (a friend and fellow outdoor instructor) and I finally manged to agree a date for our next adventure, which was to be relaxing paddle on the River Severn between Montford Bridge and Atcham, a distance of some 33 km. We opted to paddle tandem canoe and left our start point at the Wingfield Arms around 9am in glorious sunshine.
With much banter the miles seemed to just slip by and we pulled up on a handy beach to have a brew as to my mind it’s not canoeing if you don’t stop and get the stove going for a cuppa! As I use this stretch of water for D of E expeditions and general paddling, I thought it would be a good idea to use my GPS to mark the beaches between Montford Bridge Shrewsbury. When it comes to technology, I’m the type of person that doesn’t read the manual and then gets frustrated when the gadget doesn’t do what I want it to do. Martin on the other hand is a bit of a ‘techy’ and was greatly amused by my ineptitude at using my GPS and took great delight in showing me how to use.
A few more brews later we were at Shrewsbury Weir, which was too low to run so we portaged on river left before setting off for Atcham. To my mind the stretch of river between Shrewsbury Weir and Atcham is one of the best due to its abundant wildlife and diverse paddling environments. Along the way we passed a few fishermen who kindly pulled in their lines for us so we thanked them with a wave and wished them a good days fishing. The banter continued, this time we mocking Martin’s tendency to over analysis things and lengthy decision making process and we soon arrived at Atcham at around 15:30 were it was a short portage to get the canoe to the waiting car.
It was a great day out for us and we have made tentative plans to have another days adventure before the diaries get too busy and work gets in the way.