We gathered together by the side of Coniston lake at Brown Howe wondering what the day would throw at us in the way of weather. As you can see in the distance there was thick set cloud but where we were it was bluish skys and quite calm so we set off towards the bottom of the lake where the River Crake begins. Not long after paddling along the river we entered an open expanse called Alans Tarn. For those new to the area we spent time chatting and exploring a while before returning the way we came back to the lake shore to have our packed lunch. Afterwards we split into two groups with one lot returning to Brown Howe and the other continuing up to Wild Cat island and down Crocodile river before heading back. There was a change in weather but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. The day was captured mainly by Nancy who has now turned her hand from coaching to photography. Great photo of her wellies. Thanks to John for organising the paddle.
"What a brilliant day!!!!! A fantastic turn out to our fun day, with over 100 people out on the water trying all manner of craft. Sixty + of today's visitors were new to paddlesports, and others were returning after a long break. We're so pleased we've had the opportunity to promote our incredible sport to so many people. Once again huge thanks are due to our small army of volunteers who make all this possible, and the community who turn up and make it all worthwhile. 😁" Cari
Great pictures of the day by Cari and Carol.
Some great comments on the days from visitors to the event
Michelle Holmes "Thank you for today my little boy really enjoyed it"
Karen Baxter "Happy little kayaker!"
Gaynor Pearson "Super friendly event"
A hard paddle across a 3 foot swell from Keswick Landings to the river mouth was rewarded with a glorious 7 km trip. High water levels had washed out some play spots but this did not detract from the great views and the company of friends. John Sherwen
Great pictures of the day by John, who captured the swell they had to paddle through and David who captured the fruits of Autumn as Trevor managed to pick a fine example of an airbag growing at the waters edge. Isn't nature wonderful !!!!
Thursday evenings fun at Barrow pool was captured below and above the water by Carol on her water proof camera. The youngsters had a great time improving their skills with out really being aware they were learning as they were having to much fun. After the general session it was time for polo practise.
Racing today was relocated to the Docks as there was no shortage of water there. This was to compensate for having to cancel yet again the South Lakes Summer Series events that should have been held at Greenodd on the Crake. Everything about today was perfect especially for all the members new to competing. Races took part in all types of craft followed by a chance to have a go of the SUP boards and different boats. It was good to see so many youngsters in lightnings on the water. More info to follow of the days results. Well done to all who took part and had fun. Great photos of the days events by Emily Sneesby and Carol Stringer.
What another successful day for DCC at the Ulverston Regeneration Canal Gala day. After setting up the kit needed for the day some DDC members had a quick club paddle up to the swing bridge and back again before knuckling down, along with other members, to give the many visitors to the gala a chance to paddle on the canal. Despite all the weed and lily pads big enough to land a plane on everyone who paddled today had a great time especially one gent who despite being a bit nervous was well supported by his children who made sure they hung on to him all the way round. Well done to all who took part in making some great summer holiday memories for alot of families. Through donations by visitors paddling on the day DCC raised £89.28 for the Ulverston Canal Regeneration group. Congratulations also to Colin and the group for organising the days events.
The Friday evening session was well attended so taking advantage of the warm weather and calm water one of the groups was led out to the bulls nose by "coach Nancy" who took Carol out with her for support. Fun was had by all who took part this evening with Nancy having to have a rest and a cuddle half way before continuing with the antics of the night. Great photos of the evenings fun by Carol and Fran.
These are pictures from just one of over 10 sessions held over the last few months, of Scouts, Guides and Cubs taking advantage of the great weather and coming down to the docks to have fun on the water for the evening. One session was even held at Ulverston canal by DCC coaches and the Cub leaders. Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills on and in the water. Thanks go to all who made it possible.
Today was the last of Carols Special School Canoe Club session of the summer. It was a bit breezy at the docks this evening but it didnt deter anyone from getting on the water and paddling up to Morrisons and back. The personal progress these young folk have made over the weeks is amazing. Its been great to watch them gain in confidence on and off the water as not only have their paddling skills improved but their social skills as well. Thanks go to all that have made this possible.
All who helped out today resisted the urge to get out the kayaks and go for a paddle on a perfectly calm dock. Instead everyone knuckled down and got on with cleaning, washing, sorting out, fixing things aswell as picking up rubbish and plastic along the shore line. Scott says that if everyone picked up three pieces of plastic and recycled it then it would make a great difference to the environment. As you can see alot of waste was collected and then later recycled on several trips to the tip by Carol which saw her load up her car with rubbish and so nobody missed out she invited several members to go with her on a DCC adventure to the local dump. This ultimately lead to the grand finale, as not wanting to miss a day out we formed a convoy behind Carol for one final trip to the recycling centre. Well done to all who worked so hard today and Carol for organising the Grand Tour.