Last weekend saw the now annual Lake District trip take place at Borrowdale YHA, near Keswick in the Lake District. Around 20 members came along and everyone had a great time. The youth hostel was an excellent base for all the paddling trips we went on, along with the walk for those who weren’t too keen on the freezing cold water.
Some of us arrived early on Friday morning in order to get another paddle in over the for the weekend. The River Leven was chosen and was run from Newby Bridge to Backbarrow, since it was the only river with water in due to the recent dry weather. Despite this, it still made for a fun and interesting trip, and helped to massively increase the confidence of a couple of our newer paddlers.
Then it was back to the youth hostel to meet up with everyone else and catch-up over a nice meal put on by the hostel.
Saturday morning, nothing had changed river level-wise, so it was decided to split into two groups, for a river and a lake trip. It was a cold morning, so understandably not everyone was up for getting soaked on a river and instead chose to take in the lovely scenery around Derwent water with a relaxed lake trip. The weather couldn’t have been any better, with little wind, or clouds and a calm lake.
Meanwhile some of us decided to run the Leven again, but include a new section which none of us had paddled before, below Backbarrow. This made an interesting end to the same trip we did on Friday, and we now know that it is definitely worth extending the trip below Backbarrow.
It had been raining hard for the majority of Saturday night into Sunday morning, and as a result, the rivers were up! It was decided to re-group for a river trip down the Upper Derwent, a nice touring river with a few interesting rapids thrown in as well. Although the weather was almost the opposite to the previous days’ (gusty winds and rain), everyone seemed to enjoy the trip and playing round on the river. Also, it starts right outside the hostel so there was no need to transport kayaks.
The trip didn’t start brilliantly, with a few swims, however once boats were recovered (some way downstream due to lack of eddies!) we got under way and ran the river. There was plenty of water in it and it was still rising as we were on it, but not to a dangerous or uncomfortable level. This meant that features were much more enjoyable and it proved just the right level for everyone.
We paddled out onto Derwent water then landed at the National Trust car park. Boats were loaded and goodbyes were said-it seemed to go so quickly!
The photos from the weekend are now up on the Gallery page, whilst the videos can be found below: