January 7th - Lechlade
Exploring up-river from Lechlade.
Today Neil joined me for a recce paddle upriver from Lechlade.
We got into our kayaks and turned upriver paddling against the flow and immediately discovered the Riverside Lechlade Marina. A series of passages that viewed on a map look like an old fashioned TV aerial, with a central spine and many arms branching off. The marina is home to around a hundred houseboats and looks very much like a well-established community - I will be back another time to meet the residents and find out about their lives on the Thames. But today, we continue upstream for a few miles, exploring a couple of the narrow tributaries en-route. The river winds through low fields and flood planes before becoming narrower and more tree-lined with high banks. Running out of light we headed back to Lechlade.
And there we met the zany and very friendly Martin from Swindon Watersports, who has a shop in Lechlade next to the bridge. Martin is a hardcore paddler who took glee in showing me his paddling scars from shooting waterfalls and other wild water adventures. His shop is small but well-stocked and filled with goodies for kayaking, sailing and SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) - or at least according to Neil it is well stocked - I never actually got to look around his shop as I was too busy drinking the coffee he'd given me and watching wild YouTube videos of his paddling adventures.
River bank suffering from erosion. Lechlade. River Thames. UK. Wooden Bridge upriver from Lechlade. Neil Montgomery in Riverside Marina, Lechlade. River Thames, UK. Riverside Marina. Lechlade. River Thames, UK. Tributary immediately up-river from Lechlade. Round House, Downington, Lechlade. River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. Bridge across a tributary . River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. Fungi growing on a tree, River Thames, upriver from Lechlade. River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK.
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