First ever outing to the Cotswold Water Park.
Our 2 hour time slot was booked from 12. (Note to self – time slots heighten anxiety).
We had a potter around before hand. Cotswold outdoor (15%￼￼ off with your British Canoe Union membership) , South Cerney Outdoors (cheaper for longer and quieter), cycle hire (go-by-cycle – also has basic camping facilities), the Cotswold range (archery, air rifles etc).
Then headed to Lake86.
The gates opened at 11.30. A basic field with marked out numbered bays. Got everything ready and set off to launch.
It was a windy session – especially down the left hand side of the lake. However we managed to avoid any major disasters, do a bit if yoga and practise step back turns with only the 1 splash from me!
Once back on dry land and everything stowed away we headed for the Lakeside car park and set up for a picnic lunch. (NPR RingGO 4848).
After an hour or so in the sun we packed up and headed home happy.
What we have learnt today:
- It’s been a godsend to have the toilet in the van
- If you step too far back the inevitable happens
- Always check your valve is reset!!
- We can get into more car parks without the roof rack on
- Traffic jams are getting worse in Stow and Moreton
- Take moisturiser