Apologies for the cheesy title, but that is really what it felt like at the weekend at Hurley. The last few months have seen almost never-ending rain, and so much flooding that the kayakers in the Thames Valley have been praying for levels to drop. We have been forced to get creative, and it has been very interesting to try out new places. We discovered the Slough flood relief channel. A spot on the dual carriageway just of the Windsor junction of the M4, which forms a hole similar to the top feature at HPP in Nottingham (although as some levels a lot harder to get out of and much shallower). I also paddled for the first time the main feature at Boulters.
Boulters main wave at a high level! – photo Craig Ayres
We also discovered the “tunnel wave” downstream at Boulters (behind the main island) – here is a video of the feature by Alan Ward, a fellow team Palm paddler:
Then finally a the week before, levels began to drop, and we were rewarded with some Marsh sessions. But then, this weekend, heaven! Hurley on three gates and the sun was shining. My car thermometer was showing 29 degrees at one stage (I’m sure that was wrong – but it felt like summer!)
A perfect three gates at Hurley – photo Dave Wortley
The levels are dropping fast, so now we are praying for rain once again – get in there quickly to sample the goods!
About the author
About the author
Formidable city lawyer in her day job, and whitewater adventurer the rest of the time, Paula leads the mysterious double life of a comic book superhero. Using every moment of her free time to sample the world’s finest rivers, she’s paddled her kayak in every destination you can name, and more besides.