Forest Skills meets Canoe Adventures on Ullswater!

Forest Skills meets Canoe Adventures on Ullswater!


An exciting collaboration between Glenridding Sailing Centre and Stomping Ground – do YOU have what it takes to take on our Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventure?

Glenridding Sailing Centre are working with local forest skills practitioners Stomping Ground, on an exciting mission to bring a new type of children’s activity to Ullswater in 2017.

The aim of the day is to survive being shipwrecked on the shores of the beautiful Ullswater Lake – learning the basics of canoeing, building shelters, lighting fires, exploring the lake shore and islands.


Aimed at children aged 8+, this activity was trialled for one day in September last year. The Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventure saw 8 youngsters wave goodbye to their parents and leave the ‘safety’ of the Centre, paddling in canoes carrying only the most basic of outdoor survival equipment –  a few lengths of old  rope, a tarp and some basic tools.

Once out on the lake the hardy crew were given the news that they were now ‘Shiprwecked’ and were asked to head for nearest sheltered shore to asses their situation. They then – under the guidance of Stomping Ground –  worked out how they could use beach combed items and the nature of the land to make camp, light a fire (which will also be used to cook popcorn and marshmallows!), and build a shelter.


The day was spilt equally between forest skills sessions (run by Stomping Ground) and BCU / UKCC Canoe tuition / exploration sessions run by Glenridding Sailing Centre. This exciting and unique combination gave the organisers plenty of scope to stretch the youngsters abilities both on and off the water, and work on essential skills such as team building, problem solving,  P.E, basic navigation and map making under the guidance of qualified instruction. The activity leaders were in constant radio contact with the Centre, with safety boat cover provided.

Glenridding Sailing Centres’ gently curved beach forms a sheltered bay in full view of the centres’ safety crew and provides an ideal setting to get people of all ages out on the water in an increasingly wide range of activities, from RYA Sailing Tuition, boat hire, ‘Swallows & Amazons’ sailing adventures through to corporate team building activities and even stag & hen parties!


There are four Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventures running this year, in April, June and September and cost £75pp for a full days activity. Booking essential as places are limited – this is such a great day out in an amazing place, and a brilliant opportunity to try out so many skills, we look forward to you joining us!

The full programme of 2017 activities can be found on

Quotes / info: 07944 230951

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