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Rounding Anglers Crag on one of the 'wildennerdale' trips

With a mixture of single canadian canoes and a pair of rafted canadians we explore the beauty and history of the Ennerdale Valley.

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These trips are run by Richard and Carol "carolclimb" for the 'Wild Ennerdale' partnership.

Our new address Buckbarrow, Wasdale Head, Cumbria CA20 1EU Tel. 019467 26424


August means fishing on the River Spey at Wester Elchies.

Monday lunch time arrived without a fish (salmon) being caught between the six rods fishing the beat.

James fishing the Spey at Wester Elchies

James arrived at lunchtime for a visit (he is now working at Gordonstoun School) Borrowing my rod and waders he was into a fish within 15 mins

Playing a fish

Having lent him my waders, I rolled up my trousers to net his fish.

A cracking silver grilse about 5lbs.

Into another one

Having let Carol fish down the run, again James hooks a fish behind her.

A tense moment as it heads for the fast water

Gentle side pressure as the fish sets off for the fast water on the otherside having seen Sam with the net.

James with Sam Bremner proudly display a beautiful fresh hen salmon (10lbs approx ) She was returned unharmed to the river

James with Sam Bremner, with the fish safely netted, this beautiful fresh hen fish was returned unharmed hopefully to go on and spawn further up the river.

Me fishing the beautiful tree lined River Avon (Arn?)

Again we split our week on the River Avon at Ballindalloch, a tributary of the Spey



Back in Ennerdale again we ran a couple of canoe days for the' wildennerdale' project.

Teaching canoe skills to introduce people to the history and beauty of the Ennerdale Valley

Smithy Beck 'Wildennerdale Project' canoeing exploration day.

Here at Smithy Beck is the site of an Iron Age bloomery ( foundry)

Mastering the art of single canadian canoes 'Wid Ennerdale'

Rafts disembled people enjoy trying their hands in single boats.


Climbing in Eskdale

Climbing in Eskdale

This slab seems to have no holds but Eskdale granite has lots to offer even on the wettest days.

An awkward little step onto the slab

Careful footwork on small holds allows the climber to reach the diagonal crack high above.


Altringham Boys Brigade working on their knots to assemble the canoe rafts in a team build exercise.

Altringham Boys Brigade working out knots

Knots sorted, the team work together to launch their raft to explore Ennerdale Water.

Knots sorted, the raft is launched