Burrs Beginners’ Trip 19th April 2015

On Sunday 19th of April, I went on a lovely trip to Burrs with Bolton Canoe Club. Mum, Clara, Joe, Duncan, Steve, Matthew, Clive, Peter and me went. The level was empty and the lowest I have ever been on it before was a scrape but it wasn’t literally empty! I was feeling quite confident because of this. First we paddled up the canal. I was feeling excited. We went above the big weir and had a paddle up there for a bit. We paddled higher up than normal because we wanted to find some water that was moving.

Determined to get that eddy.
Determined to get that eddy.

Everyone went down the big weir except me. I think that next time I will probably do it. Then I got back in my boat and started paddling with everyone else. We kept on getting stuck on rocks because the water was so low. We did some ferry gliding and Duncan was helping me. I felt a bit nervous at the beginning but then I felt quite confident as I did it more and more. We practiced getting in an eddy behind a rock. Last time I paddled on Burrs Steve made a joke about eddies and there being eds, eddies, Edwards and king Edwards. Clara believed him until it got to King Edwards!

When we got to the little weir, I got out to have a look because I wasn’t sure whether to do it or not, but with a bit of encouragement I decided to do it. Joe was with me when I was looking at the weir and he said I could really do it. I decided to do the weir and Duncan and Steve were waiting at the bottom for me to come down. When I was coming down I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage it or not, but when I went down I managed it really easily. I felt proud of myself when I didn’t go in when I did the weir and I’m glad I tried it because if I didn’t do it I might never do it.

Joe decided to play a game to see who could get the most eddies but not many people played just Joe, Matthew and Clara played because there wasn’t much water.

We did the last rapid under the bridge and it was slopey a bit like the big weir. I have had a swim there before when I didn’t paddle enough into the eddy when I wasn’t in enough and I flipped over. After we did that it was time to get out. After we were changed into our clothes we had cakes and flapjacks and coke. I am excited about my next trip to Burrs and I know I can do that little weir now, and next time I am hoping to try the big weir!

Amber, aged 10.

Amber paddling down the small weir.
Amber paddling down the small weir.

Acknowledgement of pictures from Steve Thomas – Cheers.