Blow up the tender or borrow our boards, we’re paddling to the pub!
Saturday 25th July 2020
Open to all berth holders, if you’ve ever fancied exploring the upper reaches of this beautiful river, here is your chance to do so in company of fellow berth holders and staff, supported by Mendez Marine – with a well earnt beer in Curdbridge and restorative pimms and quiche back at Deacons.
So if you plan your tides properly, which of course we’re doing, it is possible to take dinghies and canoes all the way up the River Hamble to Botley and up the River Cur to the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge.
Taking advantage of a big (4.6m) spring tide, we will pass under the three bridges at Bursledon - A27, railway and M27 - into the peaceful upper reaches of the River Hamble. Beyond the bridges the river regains its green mantle - there is little evidence of urbanisation and trees crowd the tranquil banks.
The river passes the River Hamble Country Park on the west bank, with a pontoon at Manor Farm and areas where we may pull ashore to rest any tired legs.
Above the country park, the river splits, with the Hamble being the western branch going to the market town of Botley. We will be heading down the left branch of the river, the Cur, which is navigable to the Horse & Jockey pub at Curdbridge – where a very swift pint is a prize well-earned! We will then head back down to Deacons on the ebb tide, ready for some quiche, pimms and a rest!
Mendez Marine sea school will be supporting us, complete with a rib for anyone getting tired! Subject to interest, we may also hire “Gull” – an electrically powered classic launch with room for eight people.
Just give us a call to book and we’ll send details through. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you can make the event but are interested in arranging your own dinghy safari, Yachting Monthly has a good article on exploring the river. Visit Yachting Monthly.