Xmas paddle


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22nd Dec . The rain gods had been kind. Supplying 0.94 on Lunes Brigde gauge, perfect for improvers but enough for the more skilled to play.

A good turn out. Mike H , Sten, Emma , John H, Brian, Sue, Ian H, Ian Mc, Colin, Rachel, Nigel, 11 in all; met at Tebay, Lunes Bridge. Some of the more skilled decided to Tebay entry rapid a go.

Score 4:1 to the paddlers. One swim rescued. around the bend.


Then the rest joined, grade 2 with large eddies  enabled the improvers to improve and all to play. Then stop –  2 otters making their way upstream until they saw us 50m away.

Frequent boulders and rapid brought su to an island. A quick look to discuss lines for the improvers. Demos watched route selected. all but one success.

But he did choose the more challenging route.

Now slightly easier but still flowing.


As the next Road bridge approached a longer grade 2/3 brought a swift roll from Sue, who informed us “I like being a  kayak, I don’t mind being upside down, but not together.”   The sun emerged, the trees reduced, views expanded. ‘is this Scotland!’


As we floated 23 m from the bank a young otter, entertain due, until it git a surprise as it’s head emerged to breathe.

More fun, more waves, some to play in.

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Thanks to  Rachel for the Xmas cake.


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