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Old 14 October 2014, 16:17   #1
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Thames trip

I've just been watching Ray Mears canoeing on the upper reaches of the Thames and thought what a good idea it would be to do it in a Sib. Question is, can you just camp anywhere on the banks in the country or do you have to stick to camp sites. Has anyone done this? Any tips?
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Old 14 October 2014, 18:18   #2
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You can camp at some locks - https://www.gov.uk/river-thames-brid...es-for-boaters.

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Cheeky camping - leave nothing, set up and get up in the dark - no one will know.

Or do it using a bivy. Way less noticeable and not really camping. I do a lot of it on bike rides and its pretty low on impact. No one will notice you.

You could sleep in the boat thought with a tarp over the top.
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I live near by the upper Thames if you need any help.

Here's a link to the camping:

http://www.explorerowing.org/sites/b...ver_thames.pdf

The upper Thames, above Lechlade will be quite overgrown, me and Nos were going to do it a while back in sibs.

A group of guys were going to cross the english channel on SUP boards for Macmillan Local but chose to do a river on the south coast instead, sounds easy? Have a look at this video...

Source to Sea on the Stour for Macmillan Caring Locally on Vimeo
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You can get almost as far as Cricklade up stream in a SIB Lechlade to Inglesham is straightforward. Then at Inglesham you have a right bend and it gets narrow for about 75 yards but opens up again.
If you fancy a beer along the way you can moor up in the beer garden at the Red Lion at Castle Eaton and the campsite "Second Chance" is ten mins up the river from here.
It's a nice site with the river going through it
But if your wild camping there are loads of little places you can spend the night without being noticed from Inglesham up
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When me and Nos were going to do it we were going to get dropped off in Cricklade by Mrs Nos at the slip in the pic and then picked up later from Lechlade.
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I've always turned round before Cricklade in my SIB there's a lot of debris just before you go under the A419, It's okay in Kayaking but I worry about my soft bottom in a SIB
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Yeah, I get what you mean, the slip isn't far from the bridge though so it would mean game over if we hit a problem...

Both me and Nos are in Swindon so never say never

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Lol, it could do with it.
I'm in Swindon too and know Nos from years back it's a small world for sure

Hope to meet up soon
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Small world for sure, here's a better pic regarding the slip and bridge...

I've no sib at the moment but I'm sure Nos has
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