Paddlers gather in Lake District for canoe festival

Stu Cuthburtson and outdoor resources trainer Ash St John-Claire ‘rescuing’ Edwin Hayton during a white water safety workshop

Stu Cuthburtson and outdoor resources trainer Ash St John-Claire ‘rescuing’ Edwin Hayton during a white water safety workshop

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PADDLERS from all over the UK gathered at the High Borrans Outdoor Education Centre, near Windermere, for the first Cumbria Canoe Festival.

Keen enthusiasts and budding amateurs alike enjoyed paddling sessions throughout the weekend, including sea kayaking to Piel Island, a family paddle down the River Lune and an Easter egg hunt by canoe near Newby Bridge.

The programme of events, workshops and presentations saw delegates covering subjects from white water safety and rescue to safeguarding and outdoor learning.

“The festival celebrated canoeing and canoeists in this part of Cumbria, as well as the landscapes and waterways we have as our playground,” said centre administrator Heather Cole.

“Whether you’re a professional paddler or a curious newcomer, there is something here for you.”

The event was organised with help from the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and Canoe England.

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