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Old 30 August 2008, 05:57   #1
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Botley Village, anyone been?

I'm not saying I havn't been there, I even have to drive through Botley to get to the boat so this could be a pointless trip.

However, I've just been reading an issue of PBO and a chap called Rupet Holmes has been writing about the unspoilt countryside on the way up to Botley Square. I've never been this far up the river as I havn't seen the need and i'm sure it's quite a distance from Hamble Point! If it's worth it though I might take the time out on Monday!

Would anyone reccomend this trip and are there any small craft moorings or sensible places to stop?


All help welcome

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Old 30 August 2008, 15:23   #2
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Never done it, but have heard of Sibbers regularly getting up as far as the Horse and Jockey in Curbridge (near Botley) although I think it gets pretty shallow even for a sib and the tide window is pretty short I believe. I'm planning on trying it one day when I can find a suitablly priced outboard for my Yam 230.

Think you may need something with a shallower draft - like a canoe- to get to Botley but I'm sure there'll be someone along in a minute whose done better than that!

Good luck!
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Old 30 August 2008, 16:49   #3
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Never done it, but have heard of Sibbers regularly getting up as far as the Horse and Jockey in Curbridge (near Botley) although I think it gets pretty shallow even for a sib and the tide window is pretty short I believe. I'm planning on trying it one day when I can find a suitablly priced outboard for my Yam 230.

Think you may need something with a shallower draft - like a canoe- to get to Botley but I'm sure there'll be someone along in a minute whose done better than that!

Good luck!
I see, well I heard it was shallow but didn't think it was canoe status!

I'll have to try and find a chart or something. Maybe there'll be a depth meter some distance up the river!

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Old 30 August 2008, 17:09   #4
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Hi Larry,

It's a piece of cake if you go up on a rising spring tide.

Aim to get to either Botley (left fork) or Curdridge (right fork) a little before the first high water and to leave no later than the second high water.

Nothing to see at Botley or anywhere to stop but there is a pub at Curdridge.

No charts for the river up there but an OS map will give you an idea of where to go.

Have taken the Scorpion to Curdridge before and it was a bit shallow.

Fine in the Seariders 4m and 5.4m many a time.

It's definately worth a trip especially if you've got kids.


Big tide on Monday so should be a good trip for a lunchtime pint!
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Worth a Trip

I've been up there many a time in a 5.4 Avon.

I would want to go up on a rising tide as mentioned. You can moor up just before the bridge at botley if I remember and walk into the village (300 yds?)

Kids would love it!

Not been up in the 7.8 Ribtec though (yet!)

Guess it would take 40mins from Swanwick Marina (Burlsedon Bridge - A27)

The scenery after you have been under the M27 is nice and many places to go ashore with a picnic (weather permitting)

You can moor up at the pub, small pontoon if memory serves me.

Hope that helps.
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