Rothay – Lune

Monday 3rd Dec Barry Phil Mike S Heather Peter and 2 guests. After the weekend rain we were spoilt for choice, but most fancied a gentle run out, so we did the Rothay from Grasmere down to Ambleside. Normally this involves expensive parking in Grasmere village, but Barry has many friends, including a lovely man who owns a house with a car park overlooking Grasmere. So we went there. Seven paddlers ran the river in some style, the level was great at circa 1.01m, so most of the scrappy bits were smooth and flowing, and there were play waves where usually there are rocks and shingle. Blue skies and sunshine enhanced the mood. Some fool has put a suspension bridge up just above Pelter Bridge, which we all steered round. One paddler tripped over a rock in the rapid and had a swim, but no harm done. Then on down over the (well covered) stepping stones and through the trees to the get out.

Enthused by this success, three paddlers went on to run the classic middle section of the Lune down to Killington. This is normally the place you go when everything else is empty, but with the gauge at 0.95, it was a fast, bouncy run, with loads of standing waves and confused water, especially in the gorges. Phil swam once, rolled twice, and improved his batting average on the Strid to 0.57.



Improvers session 3

Mike H , Phil, Eric Colin John S Heather Brian

River Lowther Rosgill to Bampton Grange. 30 Nov 2018 0.9 on Bampton gauge

The last day in November saw the third of the river running skills sessions with Mike H and Phil 

With significant rainfall since the Wednesday session (well on me at least) the rivers were a bit higher and Mike chose a short section of the Leven from Rosgill to Bampton Grange as our tester for the session today.

Novices Colin, John S and Eric were joined by definitely not novices Brian C and Heather, and Mike and Phil of course.

The Bampton Grange bus shelter provided an ideal location for the briefing and Mike pointed out that today was a little bit more continuously bouncy and somewhat narrower than Wednesday so avoiding trees and sticky up rocks would be a good idea.

So onto the water; or rather down to the water – you didn’t mention anything about it being a bit faster than Wednesday too. “don’t fall in at the start, don’t fall in at the start, do not fall in at the start” – made the first break out, still dry; Mike arrives with wise words, – “breathe” – so much to think about!

Slowly getting the hang of this, with a few bits coming together; looking across both Colin and John seem to be smashing it, breaking in an out with relative ease; and John in a boat the size of a small tea tray too.

The inevitable had to happen and after failing to avoid one of the aforementioned sticky up rocks I found myself initially sitting on top of but shortly afterwards swimming around the base of said rock. Thanks to Mike and Brian who quickly got me onto terra firma and to Mike for his encouraging words – “you got out much better than the other day”

Colin also managed a swim or two but very impressively called for and executed eskimo rescues with the help of Phil and Brian.

It’s only a short hop down to Bampton and it was definitely a case of “again, again” when a second run was suggested.

We were sensibly working in pairs and for the second run; Phil and I paired up. It’s great to know that you have someone watching out for you. On one section we were at the front, I heard a loud crunch and looking round saw Phil – stuck on a rock; focusses the mind on the stay safe bit when someone else is having a bit of a moment.

All too soon we were back at Bampton again, with John proudly claiming the “I didn’t swim today” award.

From the novices perspective I think we all feel that we’ve gained a great deal of confidence over these three sessions and it’s a huge thanks to Mike and Phil for making it happen for us. Also thanks to Heather and Brian for all their help and support too.

A final thanks to Cumbria Canoeists for the loan of boats even though they seem to keep falling over.

Here’s looking forward to future sessions.

Improvers session 2

Wed 28th Nov.  Mike H, Phil, John S , John, Eric Sue S .

With low water levels we aggregated at Rigmaden Bridge  and proceed to Railway falls on the Rawthey. At 0.8 on the gauge the Rawthey would provide suitable learning opportunities. A flat pool and shingle rapid were negotiated.  The team took advantage of the large eddies to hone the basic river skills. Some wobbles, but fish seeking avoided, On towards Middleton Bridge, the rapids longer and more rocky cope with by all. Then class 3 under Middleton bridge- big smiles followed the lack of capsizes.

Onto the Lune Confluence -oops 2 flows, boils eddies – all too much to consider. Fish inspection revealed no fish- even after 3 attempts. The tricky wave train negotiated, and many more class 2 rapids came and went. Soon all in control and masters of their own destiny. Such a pleasure to see a big improvement  in just 2 hours.

3 days in Galloway


Mike H , Brain , Ian Mc, Sten Rachel Martin. no Wtaer in Cumbria!

Friday  24th Ettrick  Gauge Ettrick gorge. 0.84

Saturday  Carsphairn Land and Lower Deugh no gauge – water release form barrage.

Sunday  With Drumlanrig gauge 0.48 Low water


Canoe Polo at Penrith

1st Dec 2019

Penrith hosted a friendly Cumbria tournament on 1st Dec.  6 teams played, from Lakeland, Lancaster University, Duddon and Penrith, who spread their best players across their 3 teams.

Lakeland comprised Liam, Andy, Frances, Mike and Kylan, who was playing in his first tournament for the club.  Lakeland emerged as winners after winning every game, with Andy as our top scorer and Kylan scoring at least one goal in every game.  Our closest game was an exciting 4:3 vs a Penrith team.  Frances brought the coveted Cumbrian Trophy to the tournament, and left still holding it!


All enjoyed the tournament, which featured competitive games played in good spirits.  Thanks to Penrith for hosting, and a special thanks was given at the end to Tim M for his time as Chairman of the Penrith club.

Next tournament: 26 Jan 2019, at Kendal.

Mike P