With the weather looking good for Saturday (31st August) I thought I would introduce Paul to canoeing but the shuttle aspect with one car is a non starter. However Nigel another canoeing buddy phoned to suggest a trip on the Teifi and the shuttle problem disappeared.
We met up at Llechrhyd bridge together with Nigel's wife Sue, his daughter Isobel and Bonnie the bearded collie.
Nigel and I drove to Patch and left his van there and hightailed it back and launched. The river was very low, which with the lack of rain recently was only to be expected.
I should add that this was Paul's first long paddle and so far he was doing well. We had a coffee break under Cilgerran Castle before paddling on. The water was mirror calm with lovely reflections but sadly no otter sightings.
As we approached the first small rapid Paul was instructed to kneel and we bounced through and even managed some ferry gliding. Bonnie was quite non-plussed in Nigel's boat as they played in the moving water.
|Getting the angle right|
|And now back again|
The calm conditions now changed as a strong wind made the paddling that much harder as we entered Cardigan. This was the first time I had seen the recent renovations taking place to Cardigan Castle
As we entered the estuary the wind was much stronger and as the tide had not made its entrance it was very shallow with again some walking involved.
|The start of the estuary|