peer paddle round the Tonbridge Park loop and up to the leigh flood barrier and back, suitable for all crafts. No going and playing right up by the Flood barrier obviously. Launch at the Lowed Castle Field Car Park (Ringo/Pay and display). It's about a 4.5 mile paddle. There are toilet facilities at the start across the bridge in the park. The river is quite shallow at the edges so people could jump out if there was an emergency and scramble up a bank. I paddled the route today but couldn't find the down tree that is on medway interactive website site map. There was bit of a tree in the river on the spur towards the Liegh Flood Barrier just after the bench on the river but it's passable, by all craft easily. If people have had enough, we could turn around and come back before we get to the Leigh Flood Barrier. It's still chilly so people will need to wrap up appropriately for the weather, I'm sure people know that.
4 miles may take us about 2.5hrs with SUPs as they are generally slower. What time do people peer paddles generally meet at? On the water for 9.30am? It's on the otherside of Kent to most people so don't want to get people up too early. If everyone is speedy, then you can detour on the way back and look at the castle from the water or paddle up to old town lock.
Peer paddle around the Tonbridge Loop, up to the Leigh Flood Barrier and then back.
We aim to be on the water for 10am.
We will launch at the slipway at Lower Castle Field Car Park, 5 The Slade, Tonbridge TN9 1HR. The car park is Pay & Display/Ringo. There are public toilets available nearby.
This is an easy paddle so suitable for all.
Car Park location
We should be on the water for around 2/3 hours, so it is advisable to bring something to eat/snack, a hot drink and dress for the weather.
Please remember, if you need a boat, to book it. If you need help transporting boats, please ask on Slack.
Organiser: Diane Phillips