Circumnavigation of Walney

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Washburn

Matt, Brian, Sten, Mark, Rob and Pete made the trip over to Yorkshire to paddle the River Washburn; a Grade II/III dam release river. As it was only releasing from 09:00 – 13:00, we met early to make the most of the water.

We completed several runs of the top section, walking back to the start each time, spending lots of time playing on the many features that the Washburn has to offer.  Robinhood Watersports were in attendance with their extensive range of demo boats, which Sten made full use of trying a different boat on almost every run.  The day finished with a run of the full river down to the lower reservoir, with just enough time to spare before the water was turned off.

A good day was had by all.

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Paddling Film Festival World Tour 2019 back in Kendal on 15th October – book tickets now!

7.00pm Tuesday 15 October 2019 at The Brewery Arts Centre  Kendal LA9 4HE UK

Lakeland Canoe Club, supported by Cumbria Canoeists and Kendal Mountain Festival, are proud to again host the 2019 World Tour Paddling Film Festival. 

This inspirational event presents the world’s best paddling films of the year, including white water, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, raftpacking and lifestyle. The programme includes exciting white water action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, canoe expeditions around the world, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, young and old can expect a fun and entertaining event inspired by compelling films.

Tickets go on sale from 12 May 2019 – last year was sold out very quickly so make sure you buy your tickets early!

Adults £11 / U16s £6

Tickets from Brewery Box Office: 01539 725133

https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/event/lakeland-canoe-club-world-tour-paddling-film-festival-2019/

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Roeburn – a little treasure

The sea paddle cancelled due to strong winds, Which also brought heavy overnight rain.

Mike H, Sten, Brian, Ian Mc, Mark, John H, Matt

The Roeburn gauge take s water from the Roeburn and Hindburn. Level of 0.76 report dan 05.30 but rising seems promising.

By the time we met in the lay-by at Wray, the level 0.87 usually too low for Roeburn, and just enough for  Hindburn, However teh rain gods had been kind , as Roeburndale was flowing higher, indicating more rainfall it its’ catchment. In fact it was at a level usually with 1.1 on the gauge. still raining, so dull not good for pics.

Soon, the rocky  beck  took its’  toll, of those that attempted to make shallow eddies, only to find submerged rocks. At one point a swim,  boat trapped under a tree, 3 lines and soon all was recovered. Good team effort.

Always challenging, always grade 3, no respite. Concentration required, then oops the greta ascetic, slides. lines of stoppers, on and on and on.  Mark swivelled don a hidden rock , which Sten then rest on, before Brain knocked the rock downstream!!  More fish surveys.

Bets plan sty straight, Mark stuck on a rock on an island, help by Sten. Up went the support with a spare paddle. Down came the paddle. obviously it got fed up waiting for its’ owner.

Soon the inspection, shallow island, S bend, branches to avoid. Then what’s the medicine today, slid right, boof middle or plop left.  All went well, some fab boofs.

Don’t relax, more class3+ pushy  then rocky, why Ian decided to crawl upside down we never found out.  Grand slid pasty old mill and more and more, until , at last Wray.

The Hindburn confluence, and onto the bridge, Before Scones and banana loaf in Wary cafe.

A grand day out

Mike H

 

 

 

It rained in at the start of June

Rain enough to wet the fields and allow run off. Some LCC member took tech opportunity. Friday-Duddon, Saturday-Kent, Sunday-Leven. A few pics.

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LCC Whitewater Kayak Trip Sunday 2nd June.

The call came out over the WhatsApp group on Saturday evening, “anybody playing out tomorrow (Sunday)?” and continued if there’s no further rain the Leven should be holding, and suggested Meeting at Low Wood at the Leven egress as a default plan for the Sunday morning at 10:00. 

There had been a bit of rain on the Friday and some members had been out the on the Saturday, so I think yeh I’ll have a bit of that, although there hadn’t been a lot of rain but if it the water level holds up there should be something (maybe) to wet the bottom of our Kayaks if not surely the Leven will provide some entertainment!

And it didn’t disappoint! So, with 4 paddlers signed up and as arranged arrived at Low Wood only to see that we had another paddler turn up that made it 5, a nice number so myself Ian McCrerie, Brian Clough, Matt Buttel, Mark McGuire, and the surprise addition John Hooson.

The day started out with a fairly relaxed feel to it or did it just feel that way because we didn’t have our normally present “task master” with us (no names) 😊. Anyway, I digress with the shuttle sorted we were on the river at a ok level not the lowest we had paddled but fair and promised an interesting days paddle.

The “Brick Chute” proved to be a little reluctant to let us paddle onto the wave and those that finally manage it were “allowed” off after only a quick “to and fro” between the walls it was w arm up trying anyway.

So it set the scene for a day of playing on the various features all the way down the river, for some reason a couple of our group took to exploring the river bed, “a fish survey perhaps” well you know us kayakers we like to keep our hand in with all manner of water related disciplines! 😊.

I must emphasise that the Back Barrow Bridge rapid was not among the list of fish survey sites!

So, a good day taking advantage of the Summer rainfall allowing us to keep our hand in with paddling skill or not as the case maybe!

The trip had one more skill in store for us to brush up on, coffee and cake at the Motor Museum café but off course for some reason this skill needed no “brushing up on”!

That’s all folks see you on the water soon.

Ian

Sea kayak week!

Sten Angela, Mieke H, Andy G and Pete A.  Delayed start by one day, to avoid heavy rain. Sunday saw us drive north with a grim wet forecast. Shuttle sorted to Arduaine.and camped at Bender Loch campsite. An early start found us Port Appin to pack boats.

Day 1 Sunny all day. As soon as wet set off seal came to guide us, looking for leaks apparently! He soon got bored, so passed us onto playful otter who guided us to Castle Stalker. Today’s game- finding Mike’s lost screws in the sand!

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On around Shuna island before heading down the west side of Lismore, to a lovely flat grassy campsite in the old 1850’s limestone quarry. 24km

Day 2, Sunny all day. A onshore North-westerly, became a beam sea as we head to the south end of Lismore.

Lunch near the lighthouse as we awaited the tidal flow to dissipate. Not a bad place absorb some rays.  Wind 3-4 from NW, perfect saw us cross 6km to Kerrera in just an hour. Tidal flow assisting we now rounded the SW tip, soon stopping for second lunch.

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Such a lovely place to finish a 26km day. The evening found us explore smooth folded slabs, ring rock worm, like woodworm but in rock-The rock being schist, square holes formed by fool’s gold, that had eroded. We spotted orchids, two golden eagles and a 20m ivy clinging to an overhanging cliff face.

Day 3 Sunny all day Bridge over the Atlantic awaited. Angela spotted  a giant zebra snake.

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The narrowings to the bridge, proved too shallow, so we opted to go west of Seil island, using eddies to  minimise the opposing flow. Such at Easdale, such a busy little place, and renew water supplies.  Again waited for the tide to turn before heading to Cuan sound where tales of green sea kayaks floating off were recounted. Just south of Cullipool  a myriad of small islands. Ah! a beach, by that tree aim for that. Turns out the tree was a rocky knoll 2 km away, and the beach made of fantastic schist skimming stones. A seal watched carefully.  More tea.  Soon we headed to Luing sound to be sped by the now faster tide. But the wind persisted, from the SW., so progress ever slower, until we  reached the south end of Luing. Drizzle started as we pitched tents. 21 km today.

 

Day 4 no sun! in fact no nothing, the warm front that came though overnight, brought constant light rain and ever direction changing winds. We awoke, to low cloud and 0.5km visibility. The grey dogs would have to wait as the forecast SW wind was coming form the west. Scarba had disappeared in the clag.

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NE our direction. Something big in the haze. A sea Eagle.

Compass bearing to follow past another Snuna, Eileen Arsa, to  the Jetty at Arduaine, in ever heavier rain.

A shorter trip than we had planned, but so cool to get 4 days paddling with 3 overnight stops. It is the good company, the journey and coping with the ever canning demands that make it more than worthwhile.

Mike H