Having attended one of the taster sessions at Killington Lake, this 10k estuary trip from Halton to Glasson on Lune, as part of the STARTERS programme, was an ideal opportunity to gain some more experience in a sea kayak – and at the same time have a great day out! Expertly led by Mike, our group of eight enjoyed a relatively gentle paddle on an ebbing tide, beneath the aqueduct, past a heronry, through Lancaster and out towards Sunderland Point. I say relatively gentle because this route took in Skerton weir, where I believe, when the tide is right, it is possible to paddle straight down, but on this occasion involved sliding the boats down a 5m drop and scrambling down the wall with the help of a fixed rope. It all added to the sense of adventure - along with the much smaller weir at the end, which we could easily paddle down, but which gave us some challenge getting back up! After a muddy exit at Glasson Dock, we left the tranquillity of the estuary to pop up into the busier village, with its picturesque marina - and a very conveniently located ice cream van to round off a great trip.
Pictures from some of our adventures