Mountain Memories.

Coming for a few days to the Lake District and fancy doing something different? I can highly recommend checking out ‘Mountain Memories’ and see what they can organise for you.

My first guests this year decided to book an afternoon paddle-boarding. A mixed group of abilities from novices to accomplished, but under the watchful eye of Justin, these guys had a marvellous time. It was a cracking day to go out on Derwentwater, the weather was mild, not too hot, not windy – great conditions for everyone to enjoy themselves. Especially as they had had to cancel the Sunset Canoe trip earlier in the week due to too much wind.

The afternoon session started in Great Wood Car Park, with everyone being kitted out in wetsuits and jackets, with the added bonus of footwear, and the mandatory buoyancy aids. A short walk down to the shoreline carrying their boards and paddle and then the afternoon really kicked off. In total they were on the water for about two and half hours, paddling back down to Keswick and around the little islands, playing Swallows and Amazons. It was such a success that two boards have since been bought so the fun can continue at home.

The group couldn’t speak highly enough of Justin – who set up Mountain Memories – and we didn’t tell him beforehand that he had a former Clipper participant and a Yachtmaster Instructor in his group. They all thought he was an excellent instructor and great company.

Once back on shore, some of the crew went for a dip and enjoyed some wild swimming to end off the day. They had also taken some cake with them and we sent them off with some thermos of coffee, hot chocolate and hot ribena. Just perfect after a day on the water.

But you’re not restricted to just paddle boarding with ‘Mountain Memories’. Justin is qualified to instruct in many outdoor pursuits so you could go ghyll-scrambling, canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing, learn some bushcraft, book him for a guided walk or hike out for the day, head up to Via Ferrata to go exploring on a Mine Climb at Honister Slate Mine or simply enjoy an evening Sunset Canoe trip out on Derwentwater. Plenty to choose from. Why not check out Mountain Memories or give Justin a call.

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