Wastwater – May 2021

First trip of the summer due to Covid restrictions preventing us from going to Coniston in April.

What an amazing venue and a first for most of us paddling and camping this weekend. The National Trust Campsite was excellent with good facilities and accessible places to pitch camp. A bit of a longer journey to get there but worth it.

Saturdays paddle was quite challenging due to wind but otherwise weather was pretty decent. Half the group called time half way round and headed for shore whilst the hardy few ploughed on to the end of the lake and were rewarded by an exhilarating paddle back with the wind behind us.

It would be remiss not to mention the dramatic scenery surrounding this lake. Breath-taking to say the least and instantly qualified itself as one our favourite lakes to paddle.

Everyone showered and weary we walked to the Wasdale Head Inn for an excellent meal and refreshments before returning to the campsite for a fire pit, more drinks and toasted marshmallows.

The weather turned overnight with stronger winds and heavy rain and with a pretty dodgy forecast for the Sunday we decided not to do Ennerdale and headed home through the spectacular scenery of the Western Lakes. Definitely a keeper and we will be back.