Everyone arrived on the Friday and after settling into the cosy Yurts we held a land based class overlooking the lake to stretch away the long jorneys. After the class we had a break before dinner so myself and the experienced paddleboarders went for a twilight SUP along towards Low Wray Castle, as the darkness set in we paddled for home and suddenly bats were flying around us. It was a very special paddle home as there were lots of bats and they seem curious as to what we were doing! After a yummy dinner of Veggie bolognaise we settled down for the night.
The next morning we were up early for our first SUPyoga session, paddling out to our nearby location my class enjoyed a stunning view over the lake and mountains as we opened our hips in an AquaVinyasa flow. After our class we were ready for breakfast and found a huge variety of cereals, bread and eggs waiting back at the camp - heaven! The rest of the morning I gave a SUP Skills lession to the three new paddlers in the group - who literally took to it like duck to water!
After a light lunch of soup it was time to enjoy our first expedition! We set out from the campsite aroung the north of the lake, paddling at a leisurly pace we enjoyed the fabulous veiws and weeds stroking the undersides of the boards. After exploring the little coves and river mouth we landed in Ambleside to be greeted by duck and swans. There is a stunning local teashop right by the jetty which served yummy home made local treats, after indungling in a homemade blueberry scone or two we took a slow paddle home.
After letting our snacks settled we enjoyed a slower paced evening SUPyoga session as the sun set, stretching out tired muscles and exploring the spirit of Aloha. Dinner was Veggie Curry and despite our afternoon tea there were no leftovers.
Sunday was a still and sunny delight and we enjoyed a challenging side waist AquaVinyasa class followed by a well deserved breakfast. The wind was forecast to pick up later so we set off promptly for our long tour. Crossing straight over the lake we headed south, passing beautiful boat houses and marinas as we cruised down the shore. After stopping for a cup of green tea (thanks to my husband's trusty camping stove) we crossed the lake and headed north up the opposite shore. We enjoyed a relaxed picnic lunch on the beach by Wray Castle and sunbathed for a while. As we relaxed two Lancaster Bombers did a fly by low over the lake - I was later told these are the only two in the world - what a privalege to see them!
As we paddled back home the wind picked up as promised but the now experienced group of SUP Mermiads made easy work of this and we arrived home in good time. After a chance to relax we again stretched out shoulders and hips in a slow, restorative SUP Yoga class before enjoying a dinner of Veggie stew.
Mondays morning was unexpectly cold, we started the day with a meditative paddle around the north of the lake as the morning mist lifted. The lake was steaming in the dawn and we paddled silently - trying to mimick swans gliding silently along the water. This will be my most lasting memory from the weekend and a stunning experience which I will treasure.
Aloha Mahalo and Thanks you for joinging me and the SUPfit team who were responsible for the organisation and cooking!