Although not a totally new trip to the club, we haven’t paddled the Crake for quite
a few years, so it was new to all of us paddling - and what a gem!
The Crake flow out of the Southern end of Coniston in the Lakes and flows out into
Morecambe Bay at Greenodd about 5 miles later! It’s not often you get the chance
to paddle a river from source to sea, and in just a couple of hours. (A concept that
got our Chair quite excited).
After a 20 minute paddle down the lake, the reeds close in and rippling grade 1 water
‘sweeps’ you down the first 1/2 mile of river - leaving most people wondering why
we had come here!
But then the river picks up eventually delivering you to a grade 3 rapid with a twisting
line but no real problems.
For the rest of the river the rapids are fairly continuous, with a good assortment
of smaller playspot on the way. And the tight tree-lined banks mean there’s a sort
of wilderness experience to it - even though you are only a few hundred yards from
the road all the way. At Spark bridge there is another tricky grade 3 on a bend -
made more difficult by the fact that you can’t get out and have a look!
Below there thing start to ease off, although there scope to loose your paddle in
passing trees! (Rob – we’ve told you the rescuer comes off worse - just leave Les
to get his own paddle back!)
An another flat stretch to the get off at Greenodd - although we just had to paddle
200m past the get off (& back) just to go to the sea!