Boo popped her bike computer (Garmin) in a dry case to see if it would track our actual route on the lakes. Much to her delight it worked and we have been able to map our kayaking.
It is funny to see how different our kayaking stats are from our cycling stats. Normally our average speed is 12-15mph depending on whether we’re on a short or long ride. By contrast our kayaking average speed was 3.3-4mph depending upon what the weather was throwing at us and how the paddling team was feeling.
You can see from the map below how we paddled from one end of Bala Lake to the other (where we stopped for lunch and waved at the steam train) and then returned to our start point. The wind was pushing us towards the northern shore most of the time.
Our kayaking map of Windermere is a lot more wriggly than Bala as we had islands, ferries, other paddlers and so on to navigate around.
You can see in these close ups how our kayaking wriggled up Windermere as we visited many of the islands dotted around the lake. This gave us a chance to hunt for a geocache, climb trees, and even play in an adventure playground.
For some reason our maps of the two days on Loch Awe show the loch as a hill rather than a blue lake. Ignoring that quirk you can see how we tended to hug the south easterly shore to protect ourselves from the wind and the waves it created. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the gap in the map between the two days, where Mark forgot to turn the garmin on when he first returned to the water, he says he was distracted by the last minute photo shoot of the team with the Go Canoeing flag on the castle ramparts. He thinks he missed about 15 minutes paddling.
In the close up maps taken from satellite images you can see some of the little islands we visited and the terrain that made up our spectacular views.
There was clear evidence of forestry work, rolling hillsides, ravines, dams, cliffs, ruined castles and churches, cairns on hillsides, wrecked boats, rotted jetties, fishermen, a salmon farm, and even hotels and other interesting waterside properties.
We really enjoyed swapping our pedals for paddles for this challenge and can now see ourselves travelling with bikes and boats in the future.