Sunday 16 August 2009

Wet activities in August. Tuesday 11th.

Recently more & more people have been viewing our new website and many have been asking for gorge scrambling or similar activities. Two sisters Holly & Kirsty had an exciting morning with me in Church back on the 4th of August when water levels made it a challenging trip which they absolutely loved. However, it was so wet that again, no pictures could be taken.

Last Tuesday we had a family of four booked who wanted a half day of ghyll scrambling followed by Kayaking and seeing as they were staying in Coniston, Chuch beck & the nearby Coniston Water were ideal venues. We headed upstream as far as the chockstone pitch before descending all the way back down the stream to the usual get in, with it having been decided that the right level of challenge for everyone concerned had already been reached.

After lunch, the wind conditions on the lake were found not to be ideal for a group of beginners so we headed down the eastern shore of Coniston Water to a get in not too far from Peel Island - the lake's only island (Wildcat Island - for those of you having read Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazons!) where there was more shelter allowing skills to be learnt and games to be played. After that we had a journey around Peel Island and back to our get in point, to pack up and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

Everyone seemed to be very happy with what we had achieved throughout the day and the family had this to say about their experience with us:-

"The activities were pitched perfectly, enough to challenge us but not enough to scare us newbies. The boys had a fantastic day which they will remember for a long time. I think that Jean has caught the kayaking bug as she is interested in doing some more lessons. We will definitely come back to you again."

Thanks once again.

Steve, Jean, Jack and Thomas

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