Paddling with the club after 29th March

Over the next week or so you find that club paddles and sessions will become visible on our calendar and bookwhen booking system. All paddlers MUST be pre-booked with the session leader either via email or for most docks sessions via the link to the bookwhen site. Generally, sessions become visible 7 days ahead of the paddle and closes 24hrs before the paddle to enable the organiser to coordinate any groups or last-minute details.

Please remember that all our coordinators, coaches and group leaders are volunteers and while we do our utmost to put on lots of paddles, with the numbers in the club, we all must be patient and wait for the right opportunity to paddle. Please only book a place if you are absolutely certain you can make the session. Doing so will block the place to other members.

Key points when at the compound:

Do not leave valuable in sight in any parked cars at the compound

Everyone has to wear face masks from their car to being afloat when at the docks

Please leave as soon as you can after the session – no chatting or hanging around.

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LCC Covid 19 Guidance (paddling and Equipment)

Guidelines on coordinating or running a club trip

See you on the water after 29th March (safely distanced and in small groups)

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Liverpool Canoe Club Advice on Covid 19 Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household

The Stewardship group have reviewed all the latest guidance and agreed on the following. From 00:01 Monday 4th January 2021 to 29th March 2021 we will suspend all club paddles until either the national lockdown is lifted or further guidance allows. The club always operates within prevailing British Canoeing and Government guidance.

  • The docks and compound will be closed until 29th March 2021.

During these difficult times the club is not promoting any “general paddles” where you can just turn up and paddle at the last minute. To control numbers, every paddler needs to be pre-booked with the coordinator or through our booking site. Paddles are notified through the club`s Google Group and also placed on the clubs calendar. All paddling takes place in separate, small groups of up to six paddlers. We follow all National and Local guidance and adhere to the British Canoeing guidelines for paddlesports. From December 2nd 2020 the region is now in Tier TWO (High Alert)

Latest Guidance:

  • Please stay away if you have any symptoms or are self-isolating.
  • Please use hand sanitiser immediately before and after paddling.
  • Remain in your car until called forward to enter the compound and leave as soon as possible after you have finished.
  • You are required to wear a face covering while moving around the compound area (from your car to the compound and only removing it when you are afloat).
  • Do not chat or socialise with anyone else from another group while in or around the compound and maintain 2m distance at all times.
    Liverpool Canoe Club Advice on Covid 19

The club is currently in Stage 4, where most paddles at the docks are using club equipment. You must bring your own hand sanitiser and spray and use it frequently and sanitise any loaned equipment (eg paddle shaft)

Stage 1 – Promotion of club led trips on easy water with up to 5 others using own equipment.
Stage 2 – Club led trips allowed to launch from Coburg Dock (but paddlers must use their own equipment as the compound will not be opened).  Parking is available on the top car park if the barrier is not open (£1 per hour)!
Stage 3 – If the named leader of these Coburg Dock trips is also a key holder and is willing, they can allow people in their group access to the compound to collect and sanitise a set of equipment. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consulted.
Stage 4 –”Docks Sessions” are allowed and may have several distinct and separate groups paddling at the same time. This contrasts with A “Docks Paddle” which consists of a single group. In both cases all paddlers will be pre-booked. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consulted. LCC Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Stage 5 – Allowing a return to general paddles of more than 6 at any one time but this will depend on Government advice for mass gatherings.

River Alt from Hightown

River Alt from Hightown

Neap tides and calm weather gave the opportunity to paddle from Hightown down the river Alt and along the Hightown Dune system. We are still restricted to daily exercise with one other person, so Graham and I decided to take opens and enjoy the evening sunset.

We accessed the river down the concrete slipway by the boatyard from Lower Alt Road (near the nature conservancy building). We paddled along the course of the river past the moorings and on to the Hightown Sailing club. We chatted to a couple of fishing folk and then paddle out of the creek to open sea. Conditions were flat and we had a cup of coffee on the sand bank near the River Alt outer marker and watch the ferries and tankers come up the main channel and into the Liverpool Docks.

We paddled back up the Alt to the pumping station at the Rifle Range and MOD property before getting off the water at the boat yard.

A great evening paddle but parking is limited to a few cars. You also only have an hour either side of high water or risk the muddy banks. The club usually paddles in the opposite direction from Crosby coast guard station. It is best to allow an hour or so either side of high water.

Looking forward to the return of club paddling after the 28th March (or when restrictions allow)


TSS Duke of Lancaster – Dee Estuary

The excellent weather forecast continued over the Sunday – Very light winds and blue skies.  This meant we had to go on the sea but where?  Midday spring tides gave lots of opportunities around the region, River Alt from Crosby, River Mersey on the flood and return, Hilbre Island, Runcorn bridge to Fiddlers Ferry and Dee Sailing club to Heswall and Dee Sailing club to Mostyn shore (TSS Duke of Lancaster).  Well, we wanted to keep away from the crowds at Hilbre and West Kirby so fancied paddling across the Dee Estuary to the check out the Mostyn shoreline.

Ian and I met at 10:00am at Dee Sailing Club (where run the Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race) a couple of hours before high tide.   We readied our kayaks and as the tide came over the causeway, we launched heading SW towards Mostyn.   There was fog out in the middle and we were unable to see the Welsh coast but after about 45 mins we started to see the outline of the Flintshire shoreline.   As we drew closer, we could see the outline of beached TSS Duke of Lancaster.   As we approached, we spotted a small slipway and harbour masters office and decided to draw up to stretch our legs and have lunch. As we landed an official looking person approached and said, “where are you from”.   Not wanting a confrontation during these difficult times, I replied Flint and that we were just having a cuppa.  He relaxed a bit but said we were not to go up into the yard area by the harbour.   “no worries we will stay below the high tide line.”

After about half an hour the tide began to change, and we got back on the water to return to Dee Sailing club.  As we closed in, the fog disappeared, and we headed for the white cottage to the south of the causeway.  This dropped us nicely on to the causeway and to the slipway to recover our cars.   Parking on the roads above the beach was packed with 300+ cars along the side of the road.  A great paddle with lots of options from the sailing club for future trips.

TSS Duke of Lancaster is a former railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks, on the River Dee, north-east Wales. It replaced an earlier 3,600 ton ship of the same name operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway company between Heysham and Belfast.

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Leeds to Liverpool Canal – Halsall to Aintree and back

Leeds to Liverpool Canal – Halsall to Aintree and back

The sunny weather was too good to miss so Graham and I decided to go for a paddle on the canal heading south through Lydiate and Maghull to Aintree Lane to where the canal goes over the River Alt. We passed under several very low bridges but the one at Aintree Lan is unpassable and a definite portage up and over the road.

Once reaching Lydiate we passed 50 or so motorboats and canal barges, the Mersey Motorboat club! There were many houses which now backed onto the canal and it was clear that many had been busy last summer building numerous summer houses, decking and seating areas at the bottom of their gardens to while away the summer. The tow path was packed with walkers and bikes but we glided by taking in the surroundings.

On the return journey Graham collected lots of fishing tackle from the trees and bushes. We saw loads of wildlife including a couple of kingfishers. This just indicates the good quality of the water on the canal.

The numerous canals and waterways that surround the region give ample opportunity for all to get out on the water. Access is easy with the numerous small car parks and access points. Click the links below and plan your next outing. You obviously need your own boats at the moment but there is always someone to paddle with as a pair. Just suggest a trip via the googlegroups and provided there is a few days’ notice lots of members would be willing to get out on the water.

More get ins and locations to paddle……
Leeds to Liverpool Canal – All the canoe access points and routes  Padlock
Bridgewater Canal – All the canoe access points and routes  Padlock

Another great day paddling through the tunnels and being attacked by a mad swan

Another great day paddling through the tunnels and being attacked by a mad swan. 🤣 14.9 miles in total.

Great paddle today from Preston Brook, through the 3/4mile long Preston Brook Tunnel and out onto the Trent & Mersey canal.

Through another tunnel and onwards to the Barton Tunnel. A stop for lunch and then back with the wind behind us. They are on the Trent & Mersey canal. If you went from Preston Brook on the Bridgewater canal and go towards the Anderton boat lift it joins the Trent & Mersey canal and you will go through 3 tunnels. there are times to enter the tunnels so just check before going through or you’ll meet a canal boat coming the other way.

John Fay

More get ins and locations to paddle……
Leeds to Liverpool Canal – All the canoe access points and routes  Padlock
Bridgewater Canal – All the canoe access points and routes  Padlock

Hilbre Trip Pre-lockdown 2nd January

Hilbre Trip Pre-lockdown 2nd January

The four of us met at West Kirby on a bright but cold day and waited for the tide to hit the slipway. Two other groups were also launching but took the inside passage inshore of the Little Eye. We headed out to find deeper water but had to fight the tide and the incoming swell. We eventually rounded Little Eye but large waves were breaking on one of the off-shore bars. We gingerly made our way to middle eye and squeezed through the channel with some large swells and made it to the beach on Hilbre. There was not much discussion about not going around the northern end.

While on the beach we met a couple of other paddlers and swapped stories and chit-chat. After lunch we headed back but first had to pick our way through some large waves breaking on the reef on the Southern End of Hilbre. By picking the swells this was easily achieved. We were making good progress with the wind on our backs, but the tide was now ebbing quiet strongly and we had a little trouble punching through the breaking waves caused by swell against tide as it flowed over the shallows off Little Eye. We increased our cadence and surfed through the accelerated flow now against us. Once through, we had an easy paddle back to the Slipway.

Bridgewater Canal – Local Paddles and Access Points

Bridgewater Canal – Local Paddles and Access Points

This is easily accessed from the western end just under the flyover for the old Runcorn Bridge.  There is a car park behind the Wat Phra Singh UK Restaurant (formally the Waterloo Pub) or a public one next to it. Access to the canal side in front of the canal barges. Any type of boat suitable. It is best to come from centre of Runcorn via Devonshire Place and then via the High Street.

There are numerous access points along the canal, and it can make for an good trip either out and return or with a car shuttle.   Click each access point along the Bridgewater Canal for more details and photographs.

Please note this is a private canal and not part of the Canal and Rivers Trust network.

Click here to see a large interactive map of all the recognised access and parking points along the Bridgewater Canal from Runcorn to Leigh

Canal map for the Whole of the UK…..

Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater canal

Crosby Surf in my repaired Surf Kayak by Karl Tattum

Crosby Surf in my repaired Surf Kayak by Karl Tattum

Shakedown paddle today at Crosby to check if the Mega Neutron is now watertight. It started as I noticed each time I took to the water the boat would quickly become harder to paddle but I thought it was filling up through my spaydeck. After investigation, a small crack soon appeared to be a large crack and the rim tape had turned to dust exposing the joints.

Filled with West System G Flex 655-k which is a Marine Grade Epoxy resin that is mixed 1 to 1 and can absorb stresses of expansion, contraction, shock and vibration. Easy to use, apply and finish.

The result after today’s Surf is a fully watertight boat that paddles much easier now without the extra 5 gallons of water inside. Surf and weather was great as I had all the waves to myself.

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