Thank you for the fantastic canoeing and bushcraft experience we had with you during our stay at The Lakes. It was the highlight of our weekend and great fun for all of the family. Sunita & Chas Behl plus the extended family.
Paul and Team, Just a quick note to say thank you for an outstanding weekend, canoeing and camping on Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake. The organisation and content packed into the two days was amazing. The food was never ending and of superb quality,The peace and quiet and time in the water on the Canoes was priceless. The weather was also amazingly kind to us. Thanks Again. Gary, Carl, Paul, Peter and Paul
Both my girls (12 and 14) and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Neil was friendly and knowledgable and imparted information in a relaxed way. He struck a good balance between instruction and active learning and my girls particularly benefitted from trial and error to ultimate success. What was particularly satisfying was coming away with a sense of confidence in our own common sense and abilities which the day brought out. Overall a subject I would like to explore further and your day helped kick that off. Definitely contact your team again. Warmest regards. Steve
We both really enjoyed the day canoeing. Cedric was an excellent teacher allowing us to both learn and then consolidate our new skills. He also did a wonderful job of building our confidence on the water.The setting was ideal for our first time even with the little bit of wind in the afternoon. I am sure we will be back as we would like to introduce our ten year nephew to both canoeing and basic bushcraft. Many thanks for a great day. Chris and Charlotte
Just a quick email to say my boys thoroughly enjoyed the bushcraft today and have talked about it all day. Looking forward to the next one...Thanks. Paul
Hi Paul. Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for our bush craft day on Saturday, for making it so enjoyable and not taking the mick (too much!) out of the useless townies!! The time just flew by on the day and we loved gleaning some of your vast knowledge on the local history as well as learning some knife skills and making FIRE!! All the best and once again many thanks for a fantastic day! Regards Andrew & Maddy
Thank you for a fantastic morning, we all enjoyed it very much and for Max it was one of the highlights of our holiday. We were very impressed at how well organised the session was and the professionalism and friendliness of Paul. We will definitely be back for another go, Max fancies an overnight camp next time. Thanks again, Gillian, Brian and Max
Dear Paul & Claire, Thanks so much for the photos, they were a great reminder of a very informative and well organised trip we all enjoyed immensely. My only criticism is that it all ended too quickly, the time went by so quickly i think we would have all liked to have stayed canoeing all day, something for the future we hope.Thanks once again for a fabulous day on the river. Brian Coleman.
What a great experience we had, thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. I have recommended you to friends and hope they enjoy as much as we did. We will see you all again. Many thanks Gill xx
Hi Claire & Paul, Hope you are both well. Scott, Logan and I would like to say a big big thank you to the both of you to a perfect ending to our holiday. As they say we saved the best till last and we all had a fantastic time. Scott, Logan & Jacqueline x
Dear Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft, This is Matthew and James, the two men who were graciously given instruction on fire starting over the weekend. The fact that we made fire using the bow and drill method that day left us smiling all the way home the following day. When we met Paul, we expected a few tips and pointers, but the fact that he took us through right to the end, and cheered us on when we got smoke and our eventual ember, made us feel like a million pounds. I personally cannot fully express how grateful I am. Even after thousands of years of making fires, every human, with me included, still feels fantastic after being able to make fire with technology, and ingenuity, that would stump the most talented physicists and computer technicians the modern world has to offer. Thank you again Paul and company, and you can fully expect us to be in contact very soon about one of your overnight canoe trips in the lakes. Cheers, Matthew and James
Hi Claire and Paul, Thank you so much for the pics, they are fantastic! The boys and Tim really enjoyed their time doing the bushcraft and the canoeing ~ it was really enriching and empowering for them, we really appreciate it and thought you guys were great. We would not hesitate to recommend you or to do it again next time we are up your way ;) Sophie Xx
Hi Paul/ Claire, Thank you for the pictures and a brilliant day. It was a truly educational fun experience that we wouldn't hesitate in recommending to anyone. Also already looking at booking a different activity with Keswick canoe and bushcraft next time we visit the lake district. Our visit to the lakes was for eight days and we crammed in a lot of activities, the canoe and bushcraft day is the one that Noel and ourselves enjoyed the most. Paul is very good at what he does, and is incredibly knowledgable about the whole area, the bushcraft and a good teacher. Never knew I would enjoy canoeing so much! Can't wait till next time! Thanks and best regards,Noel, Kelly and Tony.
Hi Paul and Claire, Thanks so much for sending these over. We had an amazing time out on the river - having a chance to enjoy the wonderful lake district scenery while learning canoe skills was a wonderful experience! We will definitely consider more activities with you should we visit the area again. Thanks again, Emma and George.
Hi Claire and Paul, Thank you very much for the bushcraft course. I have to say, Oliver absolutely enjoyed himself. Can't wait to do more (which is something considering he does nothing but play on Xbox). He said he enjoyed the fishing, making sticks for the marshmallows and attempting lighting cotton buds with flint and steel. I haven't had the chance to talk to Liam but I'm sure he feels the same. Thank you again, Louise and Andrew Rowe
Hi Paul and Claire, My feedback on the canoeing trip is that it was wonderful. Paul was such a relaxed and patient teacher not just with me but with the other lovely couple on the trip. It really helped build my confidence.I wish you both all the best for the future in your business. You deserve every success. Very best wishes, Harriet.
Hi Paul and Claire. Thanks for emailing the pictures , we all had a brilliant afternoon learning to canoe, and are up for a trip down the river next year if you’ll take us ! Hope you have a busy summer. Many thanks. Liz , Andrew , Jonathan , Emma & Rebecca
Thanks Claire. Me and the 2 boys really enjoyed the day. They loved the canoeing and trying to light a fire. I thought your welcome was excellent – a lovely big smile got the day off to a great start! Chris
Hi Paul, Thanks for your email, and thank you for a great morning, it went so fast, we wanted to stay for the rest of the day. We all had a brilliant time, Jan still hasn't got over her 'sailing experience'! and Gail was so relieved to be with you as opposed to one of us - she was sooo nervous. Jean really enjoyed all the info and it was great to be with someone with so much knowledge of the area and was generally very interesting - Paul fan club iminent. So thank you again, it was a perfect start to my birthday weekend and everyone loved it. Best wishes. Louise
We had a truly fantastic time doing a 'Canoe the View' afternoon with Shaun. It’s one of the best things we’ve ever done as a family. Our five year old thought it was amazing – stopping at islands, making hot chocolate and playing canoe games. Shaun really built up all our confidence and we’re now thinking about buying a family canoe. Thank you so much. Sarah, Ian and Luke
Hi, Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful afternoon we have just had canoeing on Derwentwater with Cedric. He was a fantastic instructor - relaxed, knowledgeable and completely unpatronising with my 7 year old daughter. We have come away from the afternoon really inspired to do more canoeing and feeling confident to try it on our own. It was also fascinating to learn about the context and history of the lake. Thanks so much and please tell Cedric how much we enjoyed it, Tricia
We both had a brilliant time on the river trip and thoroughly enjoyed it despite being utter novices. It was lovely to have met you and Cedric was a great instructor....particularly patient with Kash and I (and hilarious too)! I’m so pleased to have discovered your website and will certainly be passing it on to others....and no doubt will be back for more activities with you! Nadia
Don't think we could of booked with a better team :) it made our trip!! We also went up to Whinlatter, Twice!! Did 2 of the walks. They were really good thanks for telling us about them. Our feedback is simply keep doing what your doing!! Thanks for everything :D Sheridan & Liam. Ps... The cow pie at the George was amazing!!!
Thanks Claire for organising a custom trip at short notice for the family. It’s nice to feel part of the day rather than be on some timetabled treadmill experience. Bow guided us superbly from initial training exercises on the lake to the river trip. He allowed us to find our own skills yet offered guidance when needed. I’m looking forward a longer venture with added bushcraft skills next year. Mike
Hi Claire and Paul, Myself and my son completely enjoyed ourselves on your canoe and bushcraft day so much we have decided to purchase a canoe to carry on the adventure. Being outdoors and experiencing the national trusts lake and islands was very much simulating to us and we will be visiting again soon. Tom and Joseph Corry
Hi Claire and Paul, Just wanted to email you to sat thankyou for yesterday. Mark and andy were both raving about what a good day they had, please can you let me know about any other courses that you run as that was the best birthday present i could get them.Thank you again,Kate Molyneux
Dear Claire and Paul,Thank you so much for the photographs and for a very lovely day. We will definitely be recommending you to our friends.We will no doubt see you again soon.Kind regards, Louise and Grant.
Paul, A big thank you again from us, great morning on the lake perfect weather and great company. Looking forward to the photos,Andrew,Taylor and Cameron Middlemiss.
Hello Paul and Claire, Just wanted to get in touch and thank you for organising and delivering a truly fantastic trip. We both had an amazing couple of days paddling, foraging and whittling in the most idyllic setting....definitely a birthday treat we'll never forget! Paul's absolute love of his environment was tangible and infectious, and this coupled with his easy going attitude and wealth of knowledge made for a thoroughly enjoyable few days escapism. Thank you! Mike and Caz
Hello Claire & Paul, Thanks for today, me & Henry had a great time. Henry thinks Bo is the coolest dude ever! See you again sometime, Roy
Hey Claire and Paul, Thanks so much for your note and for such a wonderful afternoon. We haven't laughed so much or been so wet for ages!! Seriously it was brilliant and just lovely to be on the lake and river. Thank you both and especially to Paul for his patience, good humour and dog craft!! We can't wait to see the pictures!! Good luck to you and we'll hope to see you again. Julie, Stew and Sox.
Hi Claire, Thank you very much indeed for all the pics. I think it shows very well a fair representation of the prowess with the paddle of the group, especially one canoe in particular!We had a great week and the time spent with Paul and Sean was great fun. All the best, Tony
Thank you so much for yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and wouldnt hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Great welcome, great people, and great fun! Thank you so much again.Kind regards, Rachel and Mike
Morning Paul, Thanks for a great day yesterday on the Canoe and Bushcraft day; I really enjoyed myself and learnt a lot too! You mentioned yesterday that you have some dates already in the calendar for the overnight Canoe and Bushcraft course that you do, please could you let me know what dates these are. Have a great day.Best Regards,Brett Marshall
Dear Paul, Just a note to say thank you very much for the 'millican dalton' walk and paddle on saturday. My Dad had a brilliant time and its great for me to see him still having adventures. You were great company and we learnt a lot throughout the day. Hope to meet you again in the future. Steve Cutler
Hi Wellers, All James said was that he had had a "brilliant time" and that his team had the "best tended fire". He's not the sort to give us a detailed breakdown of the afternoon's activities - but he was certainly tired, happy and had that little extra glow of enhanced personal confidence when we picked him up! Feel free to quote me on that! Many thanks, Steve
Thanks so much for an amazing couple of days,
Laura and Nick :)
We all loved every minute of it, me, luke, calum and adam could have done it all for the rest of the week. It made our weekend so fantastic. Thanks so much for all the emails and texts as well, it made things easy and its really nice to think there are companies out there that seriously care and are passionate about what they do and the people they entertain! And we arn't just group number 4 of the week. Its refreshing and thanks for that. Thanks for such a great time. David
Thanks for a lovely day out last week, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Paul managed to gauge what we did at just the right level to include everyone but not make it too challenging. Kevin particularly enjoyed being able to do and see some things that he hasn't been able to do for a while and we have a great photo of when the boys 'made fire' - priceless. Regards, Alison.