IOPCC Trip Report

Burton Bradstock to Charmouth

9th February 2013

Clive West
Jon Massey
Jo Williams
Claire Way
Stew Burdis
Ian Hackworthy
Barbara Hackworthy

This paddle was on the programme as a local day paddle. As organiser it was my privilege to choose the venue. The sea conditions were calm for a change so we were able to launch off my ‘home’ beach, Burton Bradstock.

In 2013 so far paddling days have been few and far between because of stormy weather. We were lucky to have a calm window on Saturday 9th February and although the weather was rather grey and at times drizzly the sea state was calm.

We were delighted to welcome two new members Jo Williams and Claire Way. Both are experienced paddlers and we hope to see them joining us on many more trips and training courses.

We launched without trauma – unusual at Burton – onto a smooth grey sea under an overcast grey sky. It was interesting to paddle along the cliffs between Burton Bradstock and Freshwater as the beach and the cliff path have been closed since July 2012 because of safety concerns. There was a huge fall last month.

The paddle to Charmouth with tidal assistance was very pleasant and we went along at an easy 4 mph with some tidal assistance. We landed at Charmouth onto the sandy beach. At this point the drizzle had stopped and the sky brightened with some watery sunshine while we ate our lunch.

Jo and Claire were met by their respective partners with transport at Charmouth so they didn’t return to Burton Bradstock.

The rest of us set off against some tide but with a freshening south westerly breeze to push us along. This shouldn’t have been enough to cause any problems as there was still hardly a ripple. However Ian – within sight of home at Freshwater - was playing the little waves along the shore when suddenly a larger wave arrived along with a lapse in concentration and it tumbled him over. It was very funny! Jon Massey kindly went in to give Ian a hand.

We all landed successfully back at Burton to complete a gentle day out on our own Jurassic Coast.


New members Jo and Claire Burton's dodgy cliffs
Safe landing at Charmouth Carrying Jo's boat up to her car at Charmouth
Ready to launch at Charmouth A bit choppier on the way back
Jon Ian
Clive Back at Burton

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