Every now and again, I get together with my friends and fellow outdoor instructor Martin Digby for a bit of professional development (PD) or play days as my wife likes to call them. Our last PD was caving so this time we opted to go canoeing and we were joined on this occasion by Martin’s son Charlie.
A quick revision of the plans and we opted to paddle the Lower Vyrnwy between Trefnanney (A490 Road Bridge) and the B4386 road bridge near Llanymynech a distance of approximately 12 kilometres. After arranging the shuttles we quickly out on the water and put Charlie in charge of the navigation a job that he did incredibly well.
I hadn’t paddled this section of the river for some time and I was pleasantly surprised about the number of small rapid and riffles that gently pushed us along. None of it too demanding and perhaps I shall use this stretch with future groups. With southerly winds one section of the river required a bit of trim adjustment as we had to paddle into them for a short while but other than that they were no issues and we all finished the paddle nice and dry.
To see Martin’s version of events then please click here.