Introducing paddlers who to the joys of exploring this fascinating estuary & Walney Island and to camp out on Piel Island with its Castle and famous Ship Inn. There is a large grey seal colony and thousands of wading birds in the area. We will also incorporate some tidal and trip planning instruction on the Saturday evening. You can attend either one or both days at this event, camping one or two nights, just complete the booking form fully to let the organiser know.
See Jim Krawiecki’s guide “Northern England & IOM - Fifty Great Sea Kayaking Voyages. Trips 17 & 18 cover this bit of coast.
We will meet up at 09h00 on the 2nd at Walney meetings slipway, Walney channel, Promenade LA14 3PE Grid ref: SD187 688 Landmark is just after the Ferry Pub. If the weather is fair some paddlers may also want to camp over at Piel on Friday and the organiser will advise if this happens. A block booking has been made for camping for Saturday night – but you will need to individually settle with the site at the Ship Inn. It’s £5pppn. The camping on Piel is basic (cold water only….) but the pub serves dinner and breakfast and you can manage without any cooking arrangements if you choose.
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. There are lots of opportunities to paddle in this area and we will choose day trips and crossings that are suitable to the experience of the groups, the weather and the tides which run very strongly in this estuary at certain times. We may divide up if it makes sense to do so. We will have a full day on Saturday and a slightly shorter day on Sunday (finish by 16h00) to allow people to get away on their return journeys.
This weekend is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders who will help you learn new skills.
Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips. For those with less experience the weekend is an opportunity for you to be guided safely to coastal areas you may not feel are within your reach or current experience.
This event is suitable for paddlers with some kayaking experience, but not necessarily on the sea, as well as others with more experience, who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. Maximum 8 participants. Group trips and support will be aimed specifically at newcomers to sea kayaking, especially those that have never camped from their boats before. This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. We would like to welcome some newcomers to sea kayaking to this event.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks and associated kit that are available for a small donation.
Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £35 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides). The cost is £5 per person per event; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £65 for a couple per annum. Please add the insurance charge to the event fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.