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Old 08 October 2007, 13:41   #1
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Wooton Creek

Unfortunately we missed last weeks fun and games.
Weather permitting we are at Calshot this coming weekend and one place we haven't visited is Wooton Creek.
I dont know anything much about it so could any locals tell me if:
1. Is it tidal? If so does it dry out completely.
2. Apparently the Yacht Club welcome visitors and provide food - is this still
case? We will be going across on Sunday.
3. Is there anywhere to berth nearby
4. Any other info?

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Yes it's very tidal, the Yacht club does welcome visitors but usually do charge for the pontoon, further up the creek you can reach the Sloop Inn (top right end of creek) this is only garanteed accessable 1hr either side of high tide, I think you can stay longer but consult the almanac. This is free parking and the food and drink are excellent. You climb directly up the wall staight into the beer garden, so really convenient.
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You climb directly up the wall staight into the beer garden, so really convenient.
Not that we've done this lately of course
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i have a real soft spot for wooten creak. i learnt to sail there and went there on our cruising yacht too. when i could first take my rib there it was great, second time thanks to martin, DJL and a number of others i managed to repair my first rib threre too!!


my memories of the yacht club are good although i believe they have started charging through the nose now. the pub at the top by the bridge is also great!!!

wish i could be there now!!
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Popped in on Sunday hoping to visit the Sloop but left it a little late and couldn't stop.

As has been said go up the creek one hour before high tide, have your lunch and refreshements then scoot out one hour after high tide.

For your info once you can start to see the muck above the water in the corner below the garden wall its time to get out. You'll see what I mean when you get there.

I've never been to the sailing club so can't comment on that. There are some nice houses to dream over in the creek and some wrecks of moored yachts to avoid. The entrance to the creek has a bar right across it so its another reason not to leave it too late to get out.
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Thanks all I get the picture - I think?
The Sloop looks the best bet.
Anyone up for joining us would be very welcome especially if you are big??
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The Sailing club is really nice there as well. Ive been there a few times over over past couple of months, and havent had to pay for the mooring at all. Drinks are quite reasonably priced and the food is good too. I believe you can access the sailing club at all tide states but check the charts / tide tables.
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Thanks all I get the picture - I think?
The Sloop looks the best bet.
Anyone up for joining us would be very welcome especially if you are big??
Martyn(and Ann)
The Sloop is a great venue! If it's like last weekend Martyn & Ann we might just be up for that!

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Hi Kathleen and Paul
Forecast looks good at the moment - we would leave Calshot around 11.00am-ish. High Tide is around 1.30pm so would allow a good couple of hours at The Sloop.
Will PM you my Mobile Number give us a ring on Saturday if you are up for it?
Same for anyone else if the weather keeps fine.
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All looking good! Local knowledge has it, up there on a running tide and keep an eye on things from the olde stone wall of the Sloop.

Looking forward to it. If there are any other Solent Layabouts fancying a bit of basking & a few Irish cappucinos on a Sunday afternoon send a pm to Noddy or jackeens

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Was at Wooton Creek today: beautiful setting and nice high tide. Beware mud close into wall of The Sloop. Be sure to arrive/depart 1hr either side of high tide (maybe slight leeway with springs). Tip: watch the water rising/falling against the bricks on the wall.

BUT only Bass beer on draught and (despite the barrel being changed on Thursday) was still cloudy. Enforced keg (haven't yet figured out the emoticons!). Very friendly staff...food tasty but room for improvement. Recommended with reservations.

If you're there tomorrow let us know what you think.
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Wootton wanderings...

Now that's proper detail Avocet!!!

( The waters of the Northern Solent (i.e. Pompey Harbour) look like glass out there at the moment with the early morning light catching the ripples and glinting on the empty cans of red bull and an artistically abandoned tesco trolley)

Off for our Sunday pootle shortly...

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Hope the run was successful. Weather from this side of Poole Bay looks ideal. Unfortunately family obligations prevent going out today!

Incidently, I saw you last weekend: I was the poor so and so waiting to moor up in Yarmouth whilst all of you were moving out. Great photos!
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Hope the run was successful. Weather from this side of Poole Bay looks ideal. Unfortunately family obligations prevent going out today!

Incidently, I saw you last weekend: I was the poor so and so waiting to moor up in Yarmouth whilst all of you were moving out. Great photos!
Write up on Wootton to follow Avocet and a few photos also. Hope we get to meet ye soon!

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Wonderful Wootton Creek , Isle of Wight

Wootton Wanderings

We’ve just had one of those bonus October days. An early mist cleared to blue skies and a hint of Autumn haze as we left the Puerta Solenta lock . Boaters rigged up from all nooks and crannies of Portsmouth harbour to take advantage of such a gift of a day! Ferries creamed and steamed up the waves as we headed out of the harbour and across to the entrance to Wootton Creek.

Noddy (Martyn and Ann) were already moored at the entrance to the creek as we completed our run through the Sunday yachtsmen and ladies on the Solent and we all kept one eye on the GPS as we began to thread our way up the serpentine trail of moored craft towards our lunchtime destination.

There are days when Wootton scrubs up particularly well and this was one! The creek was the essence of tranquillity and the rising tide coloured in the waters right up to the banks. Higgledy-piggledy houseboats and kayaks added vibrancy to the sloping green lawns and striking houses on the banks beyond.

Half-way to The Sloop we couldn’t help noticing one of Nautibuoy’s versadocks newly installed complete with covered RIB! (We may have a photo Rich!) In minutes we were drawing near to the east-facing stone wall of the pub and, keeping ropes out of the fragrant (!) muddy water , we tied on to the fence. The garden of the pub is a wonderful setting for Sunday lunch and no sooner were we installed than the intrepid Chichester Pontoontalkers Andre, Wiesia, Mike C, Sheila, Steve, Wendy and Martin all showed up on Seahawk 1V and Prime RIB to join us!

Roast dinners, Yorkshire puds and bevvies all round, we all swapped tales of recent exploits and planned a few for the future! Paul even got some ‘fit-out’ advice for his home-made campervan from Martyn!! We couldn’t have wished for a better day. Sadly the newly-revealed muddy marks on the wall began to appear to remind us to be on our way.

Reluctantly we clambered aboard and pootled back down the river as the tide began to drop. A quick blast across the Solent ensued and we waved each other off before heading for home berths.

Wootton. As wonderful as we remembered from other great trips there. One of those charming destinations probably best reached with a small number of boats. Hopefully you’ll be along next time Avocet!

Great idea, great choice today Martyn and Ann! Thank you! A bonus day out and an extra special bonus too hearing all the latest pontoontalk from Chichester friends.

For anyone else considering a run, keep an eye on the depth at all times! It dries out all over the place! We were extra lucky today that the rising tide coincided with lunchtime on an idyllic Sunday afternoon.

For more information on Wootton, have a look here

(That King Canute got around a bit didn't he? )

Oh and Paul took a few photos for a couple for special mates who couldn’t make it today (to follow)

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Here ya go...

1) Sunday afternoon: the gang settle in at The Sloop...

2) Chichester lovely ladies Wiesia, Wendy and Sheila

3) Mooring up : Merlin, Bobb, Prime RIB and Seahawk 1V

4) Is that a versadock I see before me?

5) Captain Andre organises his crew!
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6) Mike C strikes a dramatic pose!

7) Ann and Martyn steer well clear of the ferry!

8) Mike and Sheila turning to go

9) Andre & crew (Wiesia, Steve, Wendy & Martin) head off in fine fettle!

10) Noddy (Martyn & Ann) fly on to Calshot
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Great to hear that it was such a success.

'Serpentine' up the creek describes it exactly! James Joyce: eat your heart out so far as the rest is concerned....didhehavearibandifhedidwasitsatonamoo ringindublinnoitwasntthehellanditwasouttheredoings omethingratherthansataroundwatchingthetvandwonderi ngwhattherestoftheworldwasdoing.

Once again: great photos!
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Cheers Avocet!

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Well this was our first trip up the creek and the tides and weather were favourable. Just as well we met Paul in the Port Solent lock otherwise would not have thought of going there.

A pleasant suprise seeing Martyn & Ann and of course Paul & Kathleen
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