Thames Voyageur Canoe Trip 2017

Hopefully this Spring trip becomes a Muir family tradition. For once the French and English school holidays lined up and six of us set off for 2 days on the Thames.

We put in at Wargrave on Wednesday 19th April at about 13:00. We paddled all afternoon before camping, visiting the pub and cooking in Hurley.

The next morning we cooked bacon sandwiches and set off for Maidenhead. We arrived at about 14:00. Thanks Mum and Dad for the shuttles.

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The trip was superbly planned and led by my brother Luke. He worked for years as a canoe instructor and has done this stretch of the Thames many times.

We used his huge Old Town boat. Easily big enough for two adults, my two sons, his daughter, his son and all our equipment.

To fully-prepare the kids we forced them to watch The Voyageurs and Paddle to the Sea on YouTube.

Both days were sunny and as it was midweek there was very little other boat traffic. This was perfect for getting through locks stress-free.

Next year we'd like to do a Maidenhead - Windsor day trip and a two day trip from near Benson down to Hurley. Overnighting near Mapledurham.