Well….out of the ashes (of the Kirkudbright Trip)…..rose …..the Thirlmere easy paddle.
1894Conifer clad Thirlmere reservoir, in the shadows of Helvellyn, provides the city of Manchester with it’s water and was created in 1894, when the area was dammed and flooded, submerging the Lakeland villages of Amboth and Wythburn. 6.5 K long so we would have covered about 15k
It was hosted by Mike, and attended by Ray C, Julian C, Chris B, John S , Rob W.Firstly welcome to John Soady an experienced long time paddler (35yrs+), but a first time out with LCC.
Chris was also trying out his newly acquired Taran Rockpool (and loving it)
We all met at Armboth Car Park on time, making our individual contribution to North West Water (United Utilities) in the form of six individual parking payments of £4.50 for x4 hrs or over £7 for the day!! The charge for the car park! (Just rental , not buying it).
It was a chilly but very bright and clear morning, with the remnants of the early mist just burning off nicely.
No handshakes, just a quick spray of Mike’s special lightly perfumed hand sanitizer and a pleasant nod, followed by the pre-paddle briefing and update of the latest rules from LCC and BC.
We set off in wonderful conditions, bright blue skies, crystal clear air on a mirror like surface…..full 180 degree images of all the kayaks and the breath taking scenery in the water.
Right said Mike, in such perfect conditions a little bit of on the job training will go down well, so we covered forward rudder strokes, and edging around the small islets/boulders that had appeared with the low water levels…..it was a great refresher and good to practise on a one to one basis, until we’d all got it or re-remembered it!
It was just a great slow cruise around the shore line, we took a very gentle lunch on the island of Haws Howe at the south end, then a serene cruise up to the dam, until a single Eurofighter screamed overhead and the air positively fizzed …..as did Mike’s fuse as we were all nearly deafened!
However the pilot did a super aerial display of how edging works as he disappeared over the end of the lake.
We were soon back to the car park, about four and a half hours after departure. A very uneventful but lovely day out! Thanks to all for your company