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Lee valley canal boat trip

Once again we were blessed with fine sunny weather over this years annual Boat trip which for the first time was spread over 2 days.

On both Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June 50 of our members met at Ware Town Quay to board a canal boat at 10am. The boat then sailed along the river lee passing through the historic waterside gazebos, Amwell Nature Reserve and through two locks to Rye Meads.  Arriving around midday at Rye Meads we were able to disembark and for those that had ordered it a picnic  Lunch was provided and the lovely grounds of the Rye House Gate House could be used for enjoying lunch and a sun bathe.

We had 3 hours to enjoy visiting the Gate house and the nearby Rye Meads Nature Reserve or for the thirsty ones the Rye house Pub was a convenient watering hole. For those with young children the nearby Dinosaur themed adventure play area was available with crazy golf course and soft play area.

At 3.30pm the boat departed on its return journey and our members were all treated to a cakes for their trip back.

Both days were enjoyed by all and the relaxing serene trip along the river was a wonderful way to spend a day on the river. We will look to do another trip next year starting this time down by the Olympic Park and heading north for a different view of London. Watch this space for more detail next year.

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