An Evening with Etienne Stott – Paddling for Gold: Tuesday 7th March at 7pm

Lakeland Canoe Club presents

An Evening with Etienne Stott – Paddling for Gold – a story of Olympic success and beyond

On Tuesday 7th March at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

At  Kirkbie Kendal School Hall  Adults £7 and U16 / Students £5 (Pay on the door)

Etienne will talk about his journey to Olympic Gold and how this has been translated and applied in other contexts ranging from sport to business to life style.  Etienne has successfully applied techniques of meditation and mindfulness to help people unleash their potential.  His talk will appeal to anyone with an interest in sport and beyond.

Olympic Champion London 2012, TEDx presenter and inspirational leadership speaker to big business and sports teams including Tesco, HSBC, Transport for London, British Para-Triathlon, Team GB Rugby 7s and many more.

Special thank you to our sponsors and supporters for the event:Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cakes available to purchase

Cumbrian Canoeists RDT

Kirkbie Kendal School

Border Kayaks, Longtown Carlisle

Farrer’s Tea and Coffee, Kendal

The Factory TAP, Kendal –  FOOD, Kendal

Riverside Hotel, Kendal

Nevisport, Kendal

Bowness Bay Brewery, Kendal



An Evening with Deb Pinniger – Freestyle champion: Tuesday 14th March at 7pm

Lakeland Canoe Club presents

An Evening with Deb Pinniger – Fast waters, Still Moments

On Tuesday 14th March at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

at  Kirkbie Kendal School Hall Adults £7 and U16 / Students £5 (Pay on the Door)

Deb Pinninger – World freestyle champion, twice silver medalist European Championship and five times British Champion.  As well as coaching, leading expeditions and taking stunning photographs!   Deb will speak about her life in relation to white-water kayaking; how she began, becoming world freestyle champion and some of the expeditions she participated in, including those to Iran, Gabon and the Indian Himalaya. Deb will illustrate her presentation with captivating black and white negative images, that explore the cultures and landscapes of the places she has kayaked through. Adventure stories with a real visual treat!

Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cakes available to purchase

Special thank you to our sponsors and supporters for the event:

Cumbrian Canoeists RDT

Kirkbie Kendal School

Border Kayaks, Longtown Carlisle

Farrer’s Tea and Coffee, Kendal

The Factory TAP, KenFOOD, Kendal

Riverside Hotel, Kendal

Nevisport, Kendal  –  Bowness Bay Brewery, Kendal





Something for everyone !

We are running a variety of sessions/ trips this winter. We hope that all LCC members will be able to join us on at least one trip. All informal/ social affairs. Full details on the club calendar. RSVP your name to join a session. All dates dependent upon suitable water / weather conditions and may be cancelled if unfavorable.

For sea kayakers we have 6 opportunities

15/10/16 – Walney meetings to Earnse Pt

5/11/16 – Duddon Estuary, from Hodbarrow Pt

14/1/17 – Leven Estuary from Canal Foot

4/2/17 – Burn Foot to Kippford

1/4/17 – Esk Estuary from Drigg

For those that enjoy a lake paddle we have 3 opportunities

26/11/16 – Lake: Length of Windermere

10/12/16 – Lake: Round of Ullswater

4/3/17 – Lake: Round of Thirlmere

For those that are seeking the basics of river skills we have 4 sessions

1/10/16, 22/10/16. 5/3/16, 25/3/16

For intermediate (grade 3) river runners

8/10/16, 19/11/16. 17/12/16 Xmas paddle, 2/1/17, 11/3/17

For advanced river runners

23/10/16, 12/11/16, 4/12/16, 7/1/17, 28/1/17.11/2/17 and a weekend away in Galloway on 26-27/11/16

A trip on the bore wave at Arnside


Arisaig Trip Report 6-8 August 2016

Well the forecast looked pretty shabby on the Wednesday – and by Friday it had not improved and the duration of the gale force winds had extended from late Saturday afternoon through most of Sunday, with the sea state remaining rough through into Monday.……

A lot of people dropped off the trip given the forecast, so it was a small resilient team of Pete and Heather Crompton, John Hooson, Mac Knowles and myself that camped up at Silversands a little north of Arisaig village.  This is a great informal site with direct and easy access to the sea.

The view from the campsite– fantastic and relatively sheltered spot on a little outcrop – the sea didn’t look like this later in the weekend….

Saturday Given the continuing bad forecast on Saturday we sensibly opted not to cross to the Small Isles, despite the optimistic sunshine when launching off from the campsite, and good job we didn’t as we would certainly have been stranded on Eigg till Tuesday.

Instead we paddled south exploring the channels and skerries off Arisaig and down around the Rhue peninsula to try to find the vitrified fort on Eilean a’ Ghhaill.  There is certainly a lump on the top of the island but we could find no remains of any vitrified manmade structure (supposedly on the SE side of the fort) – if somebody knows where this is please let me know as despite clambering all over the island we couldn’t! The beach at Port nam Murrach is worth a visit and would make a fine semi wild camp spot.

The wind was beginning to lift from midday and we had some swell and following seas for fun at various stages.  Return was a lot faster with the following wind despite having a little bit of tide against us, we also had to be careful not to be cut off in the skerries with the falling tide.  Lots of paddlers around – mainly having hired boats for the day from Arisaig.  Approx 27 km.

Saturday night the winds really started to rise up to gale force – so we chose to paddle on Sunday in the shelter of Morar Bay – which is not very large – but we were able to do some very tame surfing on the southern aspect of the beach, and stick our noses out into the gale and surfing in some of the larger swell waves making it into the northern part of the bay.   Retired to the Seaman’s Mission in Mallaig for coffee and soups in increasing severe gale force winds and rain!

Sunday the wind was still up to F5/6 but the sea state was carrying the legacy of the gales and we elected to again go for a sheltered paddle on Loch Ailort before some of us had to make our way home.  This was a nice 15km paddle – with lunch at the bothy at Peanmeanach. This would be a fantastic semi-wild camp with a really sound building and shelter – but we imagined it could get busy as it is an easy 5km walk in from Polnish on the coast road;  Eilean nan Gobhar WSW out in the sound looked possible too if you really wanted to get away from people and the weather was suitable !  Met a Dutch couple who were staying at the bothy to wait out the storms.  They have been coming to Scotland for 5 weeks of sea kayaking each of the last 16 years.   Suspect they know the Scottish coast as well as anyone!

Surfed in some of the way home on the SW swell and wind into the entrance of Loch Ailort against the current which gave some great steep waves to fly along on!

So a trip that was very restricted by weather conditions – but still great company and enjoyment was had !

Alan Ashby