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For Sale: Valley Nordkapp Sea Kayak £1400

2008 Valley Nordkapp, red deck/white hull, excellent condition, deck compass. Fully water tight in all compartments. Very light, fast boat. A bargain at £1400. The boat lives in Liverpool but often travels to North Wales / Anglesey.

Cheers, Chris

chrispreston AT

Llandunno Bay – Saturday 25th March

A leisurely start to Saturday saw us heading down to North wales for a little pootle in the the sea.

Since we failed to tempt any more out for the trip on Saturday it was just the 3 of us which is just about right since we needed to shuttle the cars to West shore for the get out and on the water for 11. This was a little later than I would have liked however no issues as we had plenty of tide. As we rounded Little Orme the seals where in a playful mood and came out so splash our kayaks and have a good old nosy.

Lunch was then had at the far end of Llandunno bay, east end before continuing on past the pier and on to Gt Orme, it was a little choppier than expected but it all added to the fun.

I’d never done the Ormes on this tide and was amazed to see how different the cliffs were on a lower level, some of the caves were also more accessible. I also couldn’t believe how clear the water was here to, never seen it so clear.

As we approached west shore we were on the bottom of the tide and there appeared to be an awful lot of sand between us and the car!! Good job we brought our trolleys. After lugging them up the beach for half an hour I turned to look back how far we had walked only to see that there was a channel running parallel to the big pipe that we could have paddled up! DOH! Ah well I’ll know for next time.

Karl, Chris, Roy.

For Sale – North Shore Atlantic RM – £850 ono

Latest version in 3 layer construction. Colour red.

Good condition, 18 months old. Everything in working order, stored inside. Usual scuffs and scrapes from launching, landing and loading.

The hatches have been regularly treated with silicon and the Skeg has been looked after and is working well. Inside the cockpit & around the seat there is some residue from foam / glue as I use quite a bit of custom hip and knee padding, this is purely cosmetic. Original hip pads & seat cover in almost new condition.

More Photos here –

Selling due to buying a composite.

Great all round boat. Works as a day boat, carries enough kit for a few days, covers distance ok, plus it’s predictable & fun in rough conditions.

Full details on North Shores website here:

The boat is in the NE Peak District.

I’m often in N Wales and will be in Scotland (probably the West Coast) from the 9th April to Easter weekend. So could meet somewhere on route.

LCC Ladies Canoe Polo team win Division 2 NW Ladies League

Please find attached the results from last night including the overall league results. Congratulations to Liverpool Ladies coming in 1st place and congratulations to Penrith Ladies who are the runners up! I think both teams will be getting trophies and I will arrange how we get these out to you.

I hope all teams enjoyed it and if you have any feedback in general feel free to let me know and I can pass on to th
e BCU Polo committee.  As I said to you last night I am so pleased and impressed how much everyone has improve
d since last season and I hope everyone enjoyed it! I certainly did!   Thank you to all teams for your hard work reffing and running the table, and I hope you will be back to play again next season 🙂

Best wishes and thank you!



Easter in Scotland with the club. Blackwater Hostel 13th to 17th April

Why not come and do a spot of paddling with the club.  We have sole use again this year including the large kitchen / dining room / drying rooms etc. Scotland’s only inside ice climbing wall is just across the road, Ben Nevis is just up the road.  Great open boat, sea kayaking, sheltered lochs and beautiful rivers.  Lots to do for non-paddlers.

We still have a few places left in the hostel but will soon be sending out the car share rooming options so please hurry if you still want to reserve you place.

Click here for more information and to book……

Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 For 4 days
Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven – coordinator Roy McHale. 
40 is the maximum number on this trip to ensure there is enough cover for all the trips. . We will contact you with more details – list of who is going so you can share transport. Contact Roy McHale for more information….


The area is ideal for Sea Kayaking, loch paddling, grade 2 rivers, grade 3-4 rivers, Open Boat trips, walking, Skiing and mountain Biking. There is something for everyone.

Cost is £17.50 per night but you need to pay for all 4 nights. We have booked the whole hostel for all of the Easter so that is £70 for a place on the trip. 1 x 2, 3 x 3, 5 x 4 and 1 x 8 bedded rooms available and will be allocated by Roy once you have booked.

Roy McHale email: Roy.McHale AT

There is a camping / Camping van option which is the same cost as the hostel (£70) and must be pre-booked using the bookwhen form below as it is a very busy Easter and most of the tent spaces have been reserved for walkers on the West Highland Way. We would prefer it if you stayed in the hostel rather than camped.

We are in the Blackwater hostel again this year. Lab road Kinlochleven PH504SG Telephone 01855831253

Mersey Tunnel Tour – Saturday 11 March 2017 by Julie Brookes

Twenty-seven brave souls participated on the journey into the subterranean world of the Queensway (old) Mersey Tunnel wondering beneath Liverpool’s city streets.

As I approached the George’s Dock Building entrance I was greeted by the site of an jolly crowd of Liverpool Canoe Club members with some bright spark shouting “Did you bring the biscuits and sausage rolls?”  What cheek!

After sorting out bright yellow hard hats/high visibility vests we assembled by the two tour guides who gave us a brief history of the construction, safety issues etc. and then the tour began.

Young Aleksander between the 2 Craigs!

The entrance hall

Meeting Room

Now we could have taken the lift but we all decided, some unwisely, to ascend the 4 flights of stairs to the original tunnel control room where Irene took centre stage, displaying what to do in an emergency should there be flooding!

After all the laughter and the banter between LCC and the 2 Scouse Tunnel Guide comics the atmosphere changed as they told us about the ghost and tried to frighten young Aleksander (and us).  Aleksander was not at all bothered unlike some of us who shuddered at the eerie stories!!

After fiddling with all the dials, controls etc it was time to descend into the depths.  Back down the stairs we went to the ground floor and then down more stairs to 4 floors below street level.

We arrived at one of the huge ventilation chambers and waited while the fan started up.  Although rather dusty walking down when the fan got going the air was remarkably clean and fresh and quite gusty!



 Another ventilation fan


We walked through what seemed a labyrinth of twists and turns until we got to the emergency escape refuges, where seven of us at a time were let loose in the actual road tunnel with about 12 inches between us and the roadway!  We were instructed not to lean forward as we could have been buffeted by the vehicle wing mirrors.

Then is was time to ascend the four floors up to ground level.  Again we all decided to walk instead of being sensible and taking the lift.

After two hours the tour ended, we thanked the guides for a most instructive and fun tour and went our separate ways.  After chatting outside and viewing the beautiful art deco adorning the outside of George’s Dock building and the old toll booth/tunnel entrance lighting beacons I said my farewells to Craig and Aleksander Ford and my fellow organiser Craig Ellingham.

What will be the next LCC outing?

Julie Brookes
Organisers – Craig Ellingham & Julie Brookes
Participants – 27 brave LCC members

For Sale – Cag, PDF and various equipment

Kokatat Storm Cag one size fits all  Used only twice £150 + P&P   Now Sold

A collection of on the water essentials. Bilge pump , Paddle float, Reed Aquatherm Fleece Hood. Palm Ocean Pro tow rope, Towing Bridle Home made with Pale Carrabina, Close couple tether, home made Kayak carry straps and a Peak Crash helmet not shown.  £50 + P&P

Palm Kailkoura  PFD XL,With 2Ltr Platypus Hydration bladder, Whistle and rescue knife £60 +P&P  Now Sold

Email or phone me 07786026091.


For Sale Werner Paddles

Werner Cyprus Carbon bent shaft 215CM £200 +P&P Now Sold

Werner Corryvrecken bent carbon shaft Glass blade 215CM £160 +P&P Now Sold

As always drop me a line or call 27786026091 All other Items still up for sale cag tops etc.


Mallaig Trip Report 10-12 March 2017, Simon Kirby and Simon Howarth

The great thing about Scotland in March is a) the lack of people and b) the lack of midges!

It can be a bit chilly in March so we planned a route to take in a couple of overnight stays in mountain bothies so that we could relax in front of a real fire each evening. As per usual, we decided to drive through the night alternating between sleeping and driving, a strategy that seems to work well and makes for a stress-free journey. The trip plan was to paddle out of Mallaig and head up Loch Nevis staying the first night at Sourlies Bothy, returning the next day part way along Loch Nevis before deploying our kayak trollies to climb the pass to Loch Morar and heading to Oban Bothy at the head of the Loch. The final day was to be a gentle paddle along Loch Morar and a gentle run back to Mallaig to grab the car.

We loaded our car with luggage and boats the previous evening before heading to bed for a couple of hours sleep. At 1.15am, we tumbled in to the car and set off. With clear roads, the journey was a breeze and we were in Mallaig by 7.30 am, in time to shop for an onion and cough sweets at the local Cooperative. The mission café in Mallaig opens at 8am in winter and does a reasonable full Scottish breakfast.

By 9.15am we’re on the slipway wondering how we’re going to get all the gear we have brought in to our kayaks; wine, Guinness and other essentials! After much faffing and repacking we were off by 10.30 with a local skipper warning us of the windy conditions out in the loch. Initially, we could hug the shore for protection but eventually our course turned south east in to a strong headwind with plenty of chop, the weight of my kayak evident as it seemed to plough through the waves rather than over the top. The next three miles were somewhat tough but conditions did ease as we found more shelter further up Loch Nevis.

Eventually the loch narrowed and we were able to take advantage of the incoming tide to speed up our progress. 3kts is hardly the Falls of Lora but we had a pleasant drift further in to the loch. Sourlies bothy eventually came in to view and the high tide meant that we were almost able to paddle up to the front door. We spent the rest of the daylight hours scouring the beach for extra firewood to supplement the fire log and coal that we had packed. Sourlies Bothy is one of the busiest Mountain Bothy Association bothies so we were surprised to have the whole place to ourselves. The bothy is a large single room with raised platform for sleeping at one end and a fireplace at the other end. A real fire is always good for morale and we enjoyed good food and spent some time disposing of some of the wine and Guinness that we had packed. A good night’s sleep was assured.

There was torrential rain in the night and the ground outside was totally waterlogged by morning. The mountain streams on the opposite side of the lock were in full flow. Breakfast was interesting . . . Simon Kirby made porridge that was a little too runny so decided to thicken it with milk powder which immediately formed powdery lumps. It didn’t taste too good either so we mixed in some chocolate for good measure. By the time we had packed ready to go the tide had gone out quite some way. Trollies were deployed for a stroll across the sandy beach to find the shoreline.
During our leisurely paddle down the loch we were able to stock up on fresh mussels ready for our evening meal. The outgoing tide carried us gently out of the loch and on to Tarbet ready for our first portage experience. Loch Morar was up and over a 100m pass along a rough track with plenty of rocks. The other Simon had cunningly made a harness system to haul his kayak like an arctic explorer up the steep gradient. I hadn’t! Much grumbling and one crash later we were up and over and sat on the shores of Loch Morar enjoying lunch on a beautiful pebbly beach. I decided to see how much firewood could reasonably be collected and attached to the top of my kayak to transport to the bothy.

Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater loch in Scotland and its 300m depth made the water look inky black. A gentle breeze carried us along the loch towards our destination at the head of the loch. The weather continually improving and skies clearing ready for a sunny finish to the day. Oban Bothy is closed during the deer culling season and luckily my enquiry of MBA had prompted somebody to contact the estate manager to have the bothy unlocked ready for our arrival. This really is a gorgeous bothy in a stunning location. There are two downstairs rooms with fireplaces and a large upstairs attic for sleeping. The bothy was very clean and tidy with a pile of ready cut logs next to the fire. With the wood I had carried along the loch on my kayak we were not going to go short.

The sunset at Oban bothy was stunning and as the temperature dropped we headed inside to cook up the onion and
mussels for tea. Mulled wine and a nip of whisky in front of the fire before heading out to admire the stars and full moon and then to bed in time for an early start the next morning.

The wind turned again in the night. Initially we made very quick progress along the flat calm loch, protected from the south easterly by the mountains. But as we progressed further along the loch we were eventually exposed to more cold wind and some rain for good measure. We found a sheltered beach on an island for a hot drink and some food before pushing on through a lumpy exposed section of water. The western end
of the loch has a number of islands which provided more shelter and as we neared our destination the weather brightened. As we approached the shore we were greeted by the first person we had seen in three days . . . the coastguard! A nice cheery chap on his way for an exercise further up the loch.

All ashore and Simon K rummaged in a bush to find some running shoes that we had hidden a couple of days earlier and jogged off to get the car. An early start meant an early finish and we had an easy trip home and were back by 8pm.

All in all an excellent trip. Perhaps not as adventurous as a full coastal trip but nonetheless good fun in a stunning location. For three days away, we spent £110 on fuel, a little bit on wine/beer and took food from home so had a very cost effective trip.

We’ll plan another for later in the year . . .