The Cumbria Region sea kayak group spend many weeks exploring the Hebrides and introducing sea kayakers to the coastal environment and we have noted the amounts of beach pollution and plastic waste washed up in many bays and on beaches. Joining Basking Shark Scotland as volunteers, allowed us the opportunity to get involved, first hand, with beach clean ups, using BSS power boats to collect the x1 ton dumpy bags - Given free by JT Atkinsons, a well known Cumbrian builders merchants - full of the collected waste.
As sea kayakers we could get into many of the hidden beaches and support BSS to load and transfer the waste to their small power boats and onto the bigger boats for transport back to Oban for sorting and recycling.
A perfect partnership and action to show how important paddlers feel about caring for our environment.
Basking Shark Scotland Blog
British Canoeing SAS Big Spring Beach Clean
On March 31st members of Duddon Canoe Club joined members of Ulverston Canal Regeneration Group to help clean up this beauty spot.
When built in the 1790s this was said to be the shortest, deepest, straightest canal in the world – taking sea going vessels from Ulverston to Morecambe Bay and on to the Irish Sea.
Now a quiet route from the South Cumbria market town of Ulverston to the shores of Morecambe Bay, ideal for picnics, fishing, walking, cycling, jogging and canoeing (before the summer weed takes over) – in fact a place where we can all share the beauty and tranquillity of the water.
John Sherwen DCC
Further travels on the Lancaster Canal - the second version of the rescheduled OCT 1, for those who couldn't make last Saturday.
Once again the weather was kind.
This time there was no enthusiastic lady cyclist to open the swing bridge, so we put a paddler ashore to operate it.
A pleasant, gentle day on the water.
The first Open Canoe Trip of the season : A six mile paddle along the Lancaster Canal through Bolton-le-Sands and Hest Bank, with views across Morecambe Bay, to the iconic Lune Aqueduct.
6 boats,7 adults, 5 children and a dog - and glorious sunshine. A great time was had by all.