On Saturday the 28th of April, 2012, Ralph & I set off for the Churnet Valley taking with us the Club’s inflatable Gumotex Palava. The Valley’s WW2 re-enactment was in progress and we’d hatched a plan to lay charges to put out of action the Axis controlled railway.
Everything went to plan until I tried taking photographs of our exploits ... the memory card of my camera was still at home ... in the card slot of my laptop :-( ... no pics. Still we paddled on, laid he charges and made it to an Allied safe house (the Black Lion Pub), sustained by roast pork sandwiches & beer we paddled up river and despite portages we made it to the Boat pub. Parking was horrendous for land based vehicles but would have been no problem for us ... still, warned of encroaching German machine gunners, we headed back to our welcoming safe house. More beer ... an we headed for home.
On the return, we quietly skirted the station ... our timed charges had not yet taken this out ... and we thought we were home free ... WRONG ... we were apprehended by security also using an inflatable craft, thankfully they (Fiona & Flossie) proved to be on our side and we all made it home.
Security seem to be better at photo reconnaissance too ... so here are a few pics of our return.