SKE17 - Sea Kayak Gathering - Piel Island; A combined Class A & B Event with Duddon CC 25-26 July 2020
Piel Island sits in channel bearing its name just south of Roa Island at the southern tip of the Furness Peninsula, the most southerly part of Cumbria. What is now known as Piel Castle was in fact a fortified import / export warehouse created by Cistercian monks to fend off raiders and customs officials to allow for the odd bit of illicit smuggling... The island is a haven for wildlife with many different species of sea and shore nesting birds. A marsh pond in the centre of the island also attracts wildfowl.
We'll be first meeting at 09h00 on Saturday morning, either at Roa Island jetty or at the carpark at Earnse Point. Options for the day will depend on the weather, but tides are just coming off Springs and local HW is 15h45, which may make a circumnavigation of Walney a bit late in the day. The event is graded Class A & B and we'll aim to have something for all levels of paddler.
The deep water Piel and Walney channels are fast flowing and can be busy with service boats for the wind farms, as well as occasional deepwater vessels going up to the shipyards in Barrow. There are lots of things to explore both around the channel, on the South End of Walney Island and in the shallows of 'South America'. Wading birds are everywhere; There is a local colony of grey seals. There is a nature reserve on the south end of Walney Island, and this restricts landing there.
Alternative sea trips in the area can be found in Jim Krawiecki's Northern England & IOM - Fifty Great Sea Voyages trips 17 & 18.
Unfortunately due to Covid we cannot camp on Piel Island. We can visit the pub though on our daily excursions. Therefore the event will be run as two sets of day trips. People can travel each day or stay locally in one of the campsites in the area.
Our main objectives of the weekend are to introduce paddlers who are new to sea kayaking to this sport and give them the opportunity to experience safe fun group trips in a great coastal environment.
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.
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 that are suitable to the experience of the groups and the weather. We may divide up if it makes sense to do so. We will have a full day on Saturday, including potentially an early evening paddle, and a slightly shorter day on Sunday (finish by 16h00) to allow people to get away on their return journeys.
This weekend will include informal coaching, if you want it, and 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 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 10 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 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 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: £40 £35 BC members 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 to make sure we can track payments. Duddon CC members do not need to pay to participate in this event. Note for all others you will not be booked onto the event until you have paid.
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), thus the extra cost; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £80 for a couple per annum.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of the sea kayak event page.