Seven paddlers turned out for the Workington to Maryport Trip with – if we’re honest – fairly modest expectations; Workington has some fascinating industrial history, but it’s not renowned for it’s physical beauty. However, the weather was even better than forecast, with gentle breezes, blue sky and sunshine. Mike Heslop had recommended this trip and was the de-facto trip leader and sInce the weather was so good, we agreed with his plan to head offshore out to the the channel marker buoy.
Out here the tide had strengthened to around 4knots, and we fairly raced towards Maryport, with crystal clear views across to Argyll and the Isle of Whithorn. We stopped on a sandy beach inside Maryport harbour and had lunch, (including Mike Sunderland’s Easter egg!), and then paddled slowly round the yacht harbour whilst waiting for the ebb tide to get started. An officious lady tried to spoil the day by telling us the marina was private property and we should have used our VHF to ask permission before entering, so we smiled and waved before paddling off ): A steady paddle back into bright sunshine and a strengthening wind saw us back at the cars.