We are a small organisation with big ambitions but these things take time to set up. Rather than have people sat waiting in the dark for the thing they want to become available, we thought we would share our vision and the status of the things we want to do.
If demand is strong for something in particular, we will be happy to move our goals and priorities around. We have incorporated a discussions system into the website so our customers, supporters and champions can have a say in how this adventure unfolds.
Days on the lake will typically be from Fell Foot (fully accessible), the southern end of Lake Windermere. It will be your chance to have a go at canoeing, learn how to make the boat feel more stable, move efficiently on the water, deal with winds and open water safely. Anyone can canoe with the right support and guidance so don’t be nervous of giving it a go, even if you think you can’t!
We are trailer based and know for some people it would be far easier if we came to you. If you are staying close to the lake shore, we can tow boats to you eith via the water on Windermere or on a trailer to other lakes.
Having a go is great but canoeing is about freedom and a weekend is a great time to make you a safe, self-sufficient paddler who can deal with problems and manage when conditions change.
Thinking of buying a canoe? Want to progress to paddling rivers or long, flat water journeys? Then start with a canoeing weekend with us!
It is possible to paddle clean across the country in several places. The journey we love though is through the Great Glen and Loch Nevis. It takes about four days and is great.
We also love river trips and descending weekend and week long rivers with all our camping kit. These are really for customers who have already done a weekend course with us or have experience of other trips.
Dinghy sailing is small boat sailing, where the sailor moving his or her weight keeps the boat sailing level. Typically, this will be on Windermere or Coniston. Dinghy sailing is a good way to experience and learn to sail as the boat is sufficiently light to feel what is happening in the wind.
Dinghy sailing is faster and more reactive that most other forms of sailing.
Anyone Can also has access to a keelboat. They are like dinghys but having a keel helps to maintain stability. This makes the boat more suitable for those who prefer not to keep switching sides.
Yacht Sailing on Windermere is a great way to sail and get a grip of the basics of sailing. Normally this will be a weekend and include camping on board.
Yacht Sailing in Scotland is on bigger Yachts and for longer periods - Scotland from the water is rugged and stunning. Typical sailing trips will last a week.
Yachts are an ideal adventure craft for those who enjoy controlling power without having to generate much themselves - we harness the wind to do the work. Yacht sailing is also great for those who enjoy things being in fixed places as the accommodation and equipment travel with the team.
Yacht sailing abroad is a great way to adventure and holiday abroad especially when it is very cold in Britain.
Surprisingly, a full yacht of people is reasonably priced especially when locations are chosen carefully to match up with budget carrier flights.
Indoor climbing, in recent years, has come from a training gym for frustrated outdoor rock climbers during the winter months, to a popular a sport in its own right, even being recognised in the 2020 Olympics. A place to get fit and challenge yourself against increasingly hard routes while remaining relatively safe.
Once comfortable with the relatively straightforward skills of climbing indoors, many venture outdoors for the first time while many others return to their own local climbing walls ready to start indoor climbing for themselves.
Rock climbing outdoors is an exciting way to interact with the environment. Like a physical movement puzzle to solve with your body rock climbing focuses the mind and challenges the soul.
We will climb for single days and part days in the Lakes but also run climbing weekends in the Peak District, Wales and Scotland.
In the Autumn and Spring the weather cools in Spain and the beach dwellers decamp leaving the stunning rocks and coastal mountains free for the likes of us.
Great value with accommodation, “Sport climbing” on the doorstep and great food. Rock climbing abroad is a must for adventurers out of season.
Sport climbing is a variation of climbing more common to Europe than the UK where attaching your own protection is very easy and requires less motor skills than UK “traditional” climbing.
Horizontal caves allow you to explore the underground world directly by walking, or in some cases crawling in the cave. We also have some caves people using wheelchairs can access.
Underground the world is quiet, a stable temperature and unworldly black. A stunning place to spend a few hours..
The next level up of caving. Many caves require ropework to access them, either by abseiling into them or climbing over a vertical challenge.
In this form of Caving you can abseil down a rope to drop in or climb a flexible ladder to get up a challenge that is to hard to climb using hands and feet.
We have an amazing powerboat. You can wheel aboard and straight to the steering wheel. We have switched the controls so the instructor can assist by directly controlling the power. It allows people who cannot easily access or operate canoes to still be a controlling element of the journey on the lake.
Often used to enable picknicking or bushcraft in remoter areas we ensure that everyone who wants to gets a go of being in control.
Please note all the Lake District Lakes have a strict speed limit - for higher speed adventures the lake is too Small at 12 Miles long - a weather permitting trip around Waney island will be offered
For those considering operating a powerboat commercially or considering buying one we will offer a range of skills courses. Once apprival is received from the RYA the courses we offer will be cerftified.
The RYA offer a range of courses from basic skills to ensure you dont hurt your own family, to safety boat operator designed to give you the skills to rescue other water users. The RYA have a special scheme for memebers of the community with special needs - “powerabilty” . You can be issued with any RYA certificate with endorsements - there are many qualified blind and wheelchair users already holding RYA qualifications.
We are NOT yet registered with the RYA
One of the great things about having access to a powerboat is what else it allows.
We can give Duke of Edinburgh Groups effective supervision but stay out of the way. We can arrange one way expeditions down any lake of across the country.
We can ferry users of the miles without styles routes between sections without the pain of getting everyone back in cars
Days on the lake will typically be from Fellfoot South of Lake Windermere. A chance to have good go of canoeing. How to make feel it more stable, move efficientl, deal with winds and open water safety.
We are however trailer based and know for some its far easier to come to you especially if the accomodation is close to the shore - own toilet and care facilities. We can tow boats to you via the warter on windermere or on a trailer to some other places - publice access to the lake shores can be challenging.
Having a go is great but canoeing is about freedom a weekend is a great time to make you a safe self suffiecinet paddler who can deal with problems and manage when conditions change.
Thinking of buying a canoe, want to progreess to rivers or long flat water adventunes start with a weekend with us
It is possible to paddle clean accross the country in several places. The journey we love though is through the Great Glen and Loch Nevis. It takes about three days and is great.
We also love river trips and descending weekend and week long rivers with all our camping kit. These are realy for customers who have already done a weekend course with us or have experience of other trips.
It delights us to announce we have successfully bid for and received project funding support from the Rural Development Program for England to aid us in bringing inclusive watersports to the Lake District. The project specifically focuses on making watersports activities available for small or mixed ability groups either local or visiting the area.
This has enabled us to place an order for a fleet of canoes and a powerboat support vessel all of which are specifically chosen to allow us to serve the greatest range of people possible with the widest range of needs. The equipment will be trailer mounted to provide maximum flexibility but we are hoping to negotiate a storage base with accessible facilities on one of the South Cumbrian Lakes.
Expected delivery is between May and August for the various items - some are highly specific with manufacturers in Canada, Norway and the UK contributing to the equipment pool.
We have ordered a fleet of canoes from Manchester canoes. To maximise flexibility and inclusiveness we have chosen:
Four Discovery 158s - our workhorse boats stable but nimble enough to operate on medium grade rivers. They give a great fun experience but enough confidence to play, even for those with balance and coordination challenges to manage.
Two Discovery 169s - great Canoes with high stability allowing people greater access to adventure than would otherwise be possible. Good for rivers and weekend canoe trips, they also have enough space between the front and back seats to accommodate many alternative seating types for those who need specific arrangements. They can join together really effectively and, with buoyancy bags, give us a robust platform which, in practical terms makes them nearly uncapsizable and unsinkable.
Two Novacraft Prospectors in bright yellow - these boats are our most nimble and tippy. They are great fun for learning to solo canoe. Being bright yellow, they are more easily seen for those who struggle to see or identify the leaders. Being easily able to identify the leaders, aids clients in following boats, or just knowing where to focus on for assistance and reassurance.
Outline watersports base agreed
We have negotiated access to one of the best and most accessible watersports venues in the Lake District. We are delighted to be bringing small group adventure activities to the excellent venue of Fellfoot Country Park. For years, the management team has been working hard to promote inclusive access to their site. They have recently built the ‘active base’ - a resource for all water users with accessible toilets and showers, free use of their Mountain Trike rough surface wheelchair, and coming soon (by June 2019) a changing places facility.
Fellfoot is an ideal base for us. It has a great slipway to allow us to to launch the support boat and canoes; it is sheltered from the prevailing winds, and it has great venues to paddle to. Often it can be busy but for those who need less people and stimulation around to be comfortable, there are some quiet corners we can tow the boats to and we can arrange things for times we know the park will be quieter.
Finally, our lovely new shiny red Canoes are here ready and waiting. They are tucked up on their new trailer and just waiting for all the other things to be in place like buoyancy aids, insurance paperwork and paddles. Then we will be set to take people canoeing.
An unexpected opportunity presented itself from the ashes of an unfortunate occurrence. A great outdoor centre closed down and was selling various items of specialist accessibility equipment that would just not be feasible for a small business to own.
We now have the means to:
Assist people to self transfer with stacked stools
Transfer a range of different chair users with various-sized manual moving slings
Provide a range of supportive adjustable seating in the canoes with two active support seats and one passive seat
Assist people to hold paddles with a range of grip assist devices or paddle holders
Assist those with walking and balance needs to enter and exit boats with portable super high grip flooring
Provide supportive seat style climbing and abseiling harnesses
This is an amazing opportunity and we are excited to move forward so greatly towards making adventures truly accessible for all.
We also aquired a Topper Omega sail boat. Its nice and big, stable and great fund to sail. We are just in the process of refitting it and expect to be able to offer dinghy sailing by the end of the summer.
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Europe investing in rural areas
Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing
Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group