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.
First time out with Cumbria Canoeists Youth River Running group. We were very lucky this week to find out about the Youth River Running group, via Facebook and the website, whilst our club is quite active with trips it is always good to get more time on the water, meet new people, learn from different coaches and try new rivers.
So Wed afternoon it was quite a long trip from Lancashire, being from a different County isn't a problem, to the Tees Barrage International white water centre to meet Mike Sunderland coach for the group.
We were made very welcome and after signing in with the Centre, Mike walked the course and briefed the group on the risk areas and the fact that it would look very different when the water was switched on and conditions would change.
Hopefully the photos below will give you some idea of the fun that was had by all, including the Adults, everyone was free to do as little or much as they felt confident to do. Mike provided excellent coaching and encouragement - thanks Mike.
If you we have a son or daughter who wants to do more rivers I would highly recommend this group
Thanks to all those who attended for making us feel so welcome, a great afternoon of paddling.
Looking forward to the next event
Link to video & photos
OC Coaching got under way again after the Christmas break - thanks, as always, to Simon McElroy and team.
OCC 4 had more wind than needed - even though the emphasis was on Managing the Wind.
Well done everyone - including the valiant Solo Skills team, with John Sherwen, who had to use the island to gain a bit of shelter !
OCC 5 (Using the Wind) was interesting, with only just enough wind for improvised sailing, but lots of snow, and sunshine. Beautiful, but cold !
A good day, with lots of new skills learned.
The Leven was at a medium high level so plenty of action for the group as you can see from the two video sequences - the first on the route down to the key obstacle at Backbarrow, and the second the individual descents of Backbarrow fall itself - with some stills from the most critical moments showing the advantage of going over the top of the hill!
An international film festival was branded a 'great success' as more than 250 people gathered in Kendal to watch films on paddling
The event was part of an international adventure film tour which presented the world's best paddling films of the year - so far it has been in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, the USA and UK.
Lakeland Canoe Club arranged an evening where the audience saw almost three hours of film covering all aspects of paddling, from sea kayaking to paddle boarding and whitewater kayaking, at the Brewery Arts Centtre, Kendal.
One of the most popular was 'Ba by Kayak, Australia,' a film about a small expedition party crossing in sea kayaks from the Antipodean mailland to Tasmania.
Proceeds from the event will be divided between Lakeland Canoe Club and the Indonesian Tsunami Disaster Fund.