We have lots of alternative paddling possibilities around the North Berwick coast including Fidra, Craigleith, and Bass Rock, and if the weather is poor we can probably find shelter around Dunbar or Eyemouth or even at Tweedmouth. The bird life in this area is outstanding and there are lots of caves and cliffs to explore around the coast. The bunkhouse at Canty Bay has fantastic facilities including barbeque, play area, and masses of bunkhouse space and lounges with wood burners, space for camping and vans.... Non paddling family members have lots to do and see on local beaches and in North Berwick, or even a day trip to Edinburgh on the train!
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips utilizing the great beach to launch from. 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. 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.
We will choose day trips that are suitable to the experience of the groups and the weather. Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences, have a great social family event 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 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.
This event is suitable for paddlers with some sea-kayaking experience journeying on the coast, including those who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips, however given the shelter of the surrounding bays, we will also look to run some beginner / family paddle events weather permitting. If you have doubts whether your capabilities and experience are sufficient please talk to the organiser.
Maximum 24 participants. 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 will stay at the bunkhouses (Cub Cottages and The Gannets) at Canty Bay Tantallon Road, North Berwick, EH39 5PL GR NT586852 which we have booked for the group for the weekend. The charge for this will be £15 pppn if sleeping within the bunkhouse or £10 pppn if camping either in tents or camper vans on the grassed area. The bunk house is just behind the beach!
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 related 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: £55 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.