3-Day Canoe Building Workshop in the Lake District

£ 685

Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

3-Day Canoe Building Workshop in the Lake District
Pooley Bridge, Cumbria
Cancellation: Custom
£ 685

Activity Highlights:

The ‘Lakelander‘ is 14′ 6” long by 35”’  She has very graceful lines, is very stable in the water and retains a good load carrying capacity, and weighs in at only 25kgs.

The canoe is built for two people to paddle and allows plenty of space for a third, and for kit stowage, dogs, kids, picnic hampers etc …

We use light-weight materials so the canoe can be lifted and carried by one person and can be easily transported on the roof of a car. For the shell (hull), we use a high grade poplar-core ply, with Spruce gunwales and locally grown Oak and Ash for the thwarts and seats. All seams will be reinforced with marine grade epoxy resin and fibre-glass tape…  She is built using our own sting and glue technique. This is an improved building method from the stitch and glue that we have developed over 17yrs of running canoe building workshops.

Key Details

  • Duration: 3 days (start 9.30am finish 4pm lastest each day)
  • Price: £684 per canoe
  • Canoe Length: 14ft
  • Canoe Weight: 25 kg
  • Canoe Width: 35”
  • Canoe Capacity: Solo or tandem paddlers

What to Expect

The courses are super chilled, music playing, tea brewing, paint flying things of creation. You don’t need any wood working skills, as the stages are really simple and loads of fun.

Come on your own, or bring friends and family along to help out at no extra cost and make a holiday out of it. Upon completion, the canoe is yours to keep.

EXTRAS  PAINT + VARNISH

The Lakelander comes with 2x standard seats and a yoke (the support in the middle) you have the option to upgrade to UK  handmade webbing ash seats and a Ash carry yoke, but you an decide this as the workshop. We also have straps for sale if you need.

The canoe will be finished in a waterproof epoxy resin inside and out ready to paddle, however we do recommend if leaving it natural to as some point varnish over this, we dont have time to do this at the workshop so we recommend doing this   

It is possible to paint the canoe if you have time and the weather is kind to us on the last day as we need paint outside for the paint to dry, otherwise painting the canoe can be done at home. We recommend and exterior wood paint, we have limited colors at the workshop so you may want to bring your own.   

Location

Our workshop (an ex-submarine testing base!!) is a big green barn right on the shore Ullswater near Pooley Bridge in the Lake District. There are plenty of campsites and accommodation in this area and Pooley Bridge is only 5 min walk from the workshop and has plenty of pubs, cafes and shops.

Prerequisites

The canoe is designed to be built by complete novices and even you have never done any wood work you will be able to build this canoe. The stages of construction are very straightforward and progressive, and as you build your canoe, you will be surprised at how quickly it comes together.  You will be working on your own canoe and bringing friends and family to help makes the job much easier and fun! but it perfectly possible to build solo if you wish.  Don’t forget… we’ve had years of practise eradicating those time consuming errors and we are always on hand to help if you need, but remember this is your canoe to build…. 

Why Choose Us

Sessions are run by Steve and Dan two besotted canoe nuts, and we have helped folk build over a 1000 canoes! We stated building canoes during our trips to South Africa to paddle the Orange River, the Lake Malawi and then up the coast of the North Island of New Zealand, all in canoes we built ourselves. We used to run canoe wilderness trips in Scotland, Sweden and the Lake District but now due to popular demand we just help folk build canoes. We have over 20yrs of experience building all types of canoes. The Lakelander is our own design that we are very proud and can be built in 2,5 days and then if you wish paddled as soon as the seats are fitted right from our workshop.  

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What's Included:

  • All materials required for canoe construction
  • All tools
  • Tea, refreshments, and a friendly atmosphere
  • Opportunity to paddle your completed canoe

What's Not Included:

  • Accommodation
  • Food, please bring packed lunches

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Whether you come solo or with friends and family, our workshop welcomes everyone.

No, our workshop caters to participants of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned builders.

No, accommodation is not included. However, we can recommend camping and some Yurts at Great Strickland, there are also lots of campsites within walking distance.

 

Upon completion, your canoe is yours to keep! Take it out for a paddle on Ullswater (assuming it is calm) and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

No, the cost is per canoe built, not per person. Bring family and friends to help and make a holiday of it.

Please bring old clothing, epoxy resin won’t come out of your cloths once dry. We supply gloves for when you use the resin.

We keep the workshop well ventilated. Feel free to bring your own Darth Vader style dust masks if you are worried about sawdust.

We supply all tools and equipment to build the canoes but if you have a favourite saw or plane or cordless drill, by all means bring it.

We don’t use any power tools such as electric sanders/jigsaws, they make too much noise, save them for the home.

We are child friendly here, and many people bring their children to help build, and treat the time as a holiday. We have had plenty of canoes built by parents with their children to supervise!!

However If you find you child’s attention is wavering and you are a couple one of you can always make use of the local parks, or outdoor swimming pool, or take then to the Castle.

Further afield is Rheged discovery centre that has plenty to offer children. After each day, you have plenty of time to explore the Lakes. Creating your canoe is a fantastic thing to do with your child. Oh, by the way, there is an ice cream farm just up the road, well worth a visit!

There will be tea and coffee but you will need to bring your own mug and some food.

Yes we can help you strap your canoe down to your vehicle, you will need roof bars and straps, we sell cam buckle straps if you need you will need 3mt min length. We dont recommend ratchet type.

Testimonials

Henry
5
"Hi Dan, Steve and Justin,I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for the amazing canoe building course, it was honestly the best thing I’ve done in a very long time! You all run the course so well and I had such a great time along the way! Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s really inspiring! I hope too see you all again one day but in the meantime go easy! Thanks again!All the best,Henry :))"
Emily & Greig
5
"Hi Steve and Dan,Hope you are both well and keeping busy! Just to let you know that we had our first paddle on Campbeltown Loch over the weekend and no need for the coastguard! 😃A lot of folks were admiring the canoe and obviously we told them where it was built 😊 All the best,Emily & Greig"
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