On 11 August 2018 Headway North Cumbria will, once again, be participating in water sports in the Lake District.   Members of Headway South Cumbria have also been invited to attend.

Platty+ is a small friendly family run water sports centre based on the shores of Derwentwater experienced in dealing with individuals and groups, children and adults (including those with special needs), families with young children, corporate groups and school parties.  They have offered a two hour programme that  will run from 10 am to 12 noon with attendees being given the opportunity to canoe or kayak, and participate in a Dragon Boat race.

This event is being supported by a very generous donation from the Keswick Lions.

Places are limited to 40.  To ensure your place please add your name to the list that is available at the Day Centre or contact Natalie Simpson.

For those who wish to find out more you can visit the Platty+ Website or read Stu Falder’s report on last years activities which can be found here.


Notes for attendees:


From Keswick take the B5289 Borrowdale road down the East side of Derwentwater.  Approximately 3 miles from Keswick on the right-hand side is the Mary Mount Hotel just after Kettlewell Car Park. The Lodore Falls Hotel is further along on the left.  For the Mary Mount Hotel turn in and park towards the bottom of the car park.  From here you will see a gate leading into the hotel garden, follow the path along the river, over the bridge and you will see our green building through the trees on the shore next to the jetty. The gate to the Landings is locked – there is NO vehicle access.


If parking at the Mary Mount Hotel you will need to collect a parking permit from Platty+ to place in your windscreen. It will only be valid for the activity period. Parking is also available at the Lodore Falls Hotel & the National Trust’s Kettlewell Car Park where a fee is payable.


Male and female heated changing rooms and toilets are available at the lakeside base.

Equipment required:

–  Waterproof top and bottoms to protect against wind chill.

–  Fleece jackets are ideal. Have two in case one gets wet.

–  Footwear that does not matter getting wet preferably old trainers or water shoes. Wellington boots can be difficult to swim in if they do not have tie tops.  Walking boots are too clumsy and offer little grip in boats. Flip flops do not stay on.

–  Towels.

–  Hats and gloves.

–  Sun hat and sun tan lotion are needed in hot weather.

–  Wetsuit if you have one, but you still need a waterproof to protect against wind Remember that the weather in the Lake District changes very quickly and is often different to the rest of the country so do not pack according to the weather at home but for all climates.

Consent form:

Participants will need to complete a consent form in advance of the event. These will be distributed by Natalie Simpson in due course.