PADDLING WITH THE CLUB
We are very lucky to be surrounded by a wide range of high quality paddling locations on nearby canals, rivers and sea. On our doorstep, a simple circuit from our club boat sheds at Exeter Canal basin, down the River Exe to Topsham, and back via the canal at Turf Lock, is about 12 miles and takes in two pubs, the Turf Hotel and the Double Locks. The differing kinds of water available to us allows for a wide range of canoe and kayak disciplines, and the unusually large number of club boats of all kinds give everyone a chance of a wide experience of paddlesport.
We have lots of opportunities for touring. We have easy access to flat water in the River Exe and the canal from our premises. Members enjoy taking a mixture of craft; short kayak, open boats or sea kayaks, on relatively flat water along canals, rivers and estuaries, near the club and further afield. Different trips will be suitable for different craft so check with the trip leader if you are unsure.
Fun on the upper Dart! There are several other superb white water opportunities on rivers within reach of a day. Most white water paddling with the club takes place during the winter months, enjoying the local rivers of the south west, these offer challenges to novices and experienced paddlers alike, with the club leading trips ranging from the Exe and lower Dart for newcomers through to the Erme and upper Dart for those with a few more years experience. Weekend trips to Wales and week long trips to Scotland and Europe have enabled paddlers to challenge their boating in new environments.
Members of Exeter Canoe Club have long enjoyed sea and open water paddling, both locally and on trips to more far-flung places. Recently day and weekend trips have mainly focused along the north and south coast of the south west peninsula. Some members have travelled further afield, visiting symposiums in Anglesey and the Isle of Wight, and travelling abroad to Brittany and Turkey.
Surfing is best in spring and autumn, when the beaches are not so crowded, but there are nice waves. The north coast of Devon is where you get the best waves. The club runs trips a year which are open to all abilities. Keen surf paddlers often set up friends’ trips when the surf is good.
A canoe can go where you want, whether on a quiet tour or an exciting white water experience! Members of the club who enjoy open boating will find a range of activities available to them, from trips along the canal and river local to the club, to the thrills of white water, and the relaxing journeys of touring trips. A weekend on the River Wye is a favourite club trip.
Our club has a long history of racing success and the present generation are adding to it. Among a sample of many recent awards, Trish Davey, a former World Champion was winner of the National Marathon Championships in her category in 2013; Tom Sharpe, formerly a member of this club, now at Richmond Canoe Club, was selected to represent the UK in the World Marathon Racing Championships, Copenhagen, 2013 and Malcolm Taylor was winner of his division at the National Hasler Championships in 2013. We can offer coaching and fun whether you want flat water marathon or sprint racing, in kayak or canoe. For details, please see our Racing Page.
The club offers numerous opportunities to try different kinds of paddling, and club coaching sessions are available to increase skill levels. The BCU offers a well thought out pathway for paddlers to develop their skills – see BCU Star Awards – Info. To look at the range of options we offer, see When We Paddle and the calendar for more information on times of coaching sessions. For general information on types of paddling, see Types of Paddling – Info.