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Song-of-the-Paddle "Big Meet" 2016 @ Ripon

Date 18th - 22nd August 2016

Venue Magdalen's Road, Ripon. HG4 1HX.

Since being founded in December 2005, Song-of-the-Paddle has become a wonderfully vibrant home to open canoeists from throughout the UK and beyond... and each year's "Big Meet" allows all associated (and anyone interested) to gather for a sociable weekend of camping and a bit of independent / peer-group boating.

This year's gathering will be hosted by the Yorkshire Regional Development Team of British Canoeing on their land on the banks of the River Ure in Ripon (on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales). 

As ever, this meet will be informal. The Regional Development Team will provide:

  • A camping field - with direct access to the water :)
  • Toilets (one disabled) - all c/o KC Conveniences
  • A water bowser - not labelled "drinking water" but filled from the mains!

All boating will be on an independent / peer-group basis but a coach familiar with the region will be available on Saturday 20th August to advise on boating options (adjacent to the site and further afield).

Those wishing to stay on site on Saturday 20th August are invited to our SoTP Playday...

Manufacturers and Retailers will be attending for the Playday which is also expected to include some mass-participation canoe polo. Throughout the Playday we hope to have the Sprint finals from Rio showing on a big screen: to be confirmed.

Note: we also anticipate an simple touring trip into Ripon - down the canal and back on the river. A shuttle vehicle and trailer will be available for the final (very short) portage.

On Sunday 21st August, everyone's invited to Washburn Boaterfest 2016

The Washburn is England's Premier Dam Release River... and on Sunday 21st we'll be hosting Playboating, Boater-X, National Championship Racing, a BBQ and a Party. Everyone attending the "Big Meet" is invited... and Event Tickets cover participation in the Boater-X!

Note: many other options are available in the area, including year-round touring rivers and more sporting rivers which come into condition very quickly following rain. Options to suit all tastes will be promoted nearer the time!

Ripon to Linton is a classic touring route. The majority of the descent is on navigable waterways. 

On Monday 22nd August, we're recommending a canoe-camp trip to Linton Lock Marina - a quiet campground near York

The campground at Linton is charming, and is expected to become very popular in the near future as the adjacent weir is being developed in 2017 to provide an all new canoe course. This may be a last chance to see what's being replaced!

A shuttle will be available for anyone prefering to day trip and then return to Ripon, and again, other options will be discussed nearer the time.

On Tuesday 23rd August, we're recommending a canoe-camp trip through York - a half day from Linton

If you'd rather disappear off to the Dales or the North York Moors we'd understand. If the weather suits, we might even recommend a jaunt at Flamborough. If we've had rain, the Wharf and Swale are on the doorstep and the Tees is only just up the A1 - but if you want another gentle touring day, York is a good option!

As ever, what transpires will follow the interests of those attending. 

From Wednesday 24th August...

We've plenty of time to make plans for later in the week, but Big Meet participants would be welcome to stay on at the campground for a small additional fee. Equally, if anyone's interested we can easily arrange a canoe camp on the Yorkshire Derwent, a trip through Leeds or perhaps a potter on the Pocklington Canal. Lots of options!

Beyond those options, we know of many other good campgrounds in the region - let us know what you seek!