Its funny that I can now call myself a kayaker. Having owned my own “sit on” kayak for just a few months, I feel quite confident on the calm water of Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, North Wales. Just an Hour and a half away from my home in Knowsley.
Being in my late 30’s is by no means too old for such a sport, in fact starting it now gives me a perspective on the landscape which fits well with my other hobby; landscape photography.
North Wales offers unique visual displays which are unobstructed in the middle of a lake such as Llyn Padarn.
I have always enjoyed water sports, as a child, my parents bought us kids a small sail boat that we used on Crosby marina. A few years have passed since then and my new found love of the water was renewed when my brother bought a tandem kayak for use with his kids. After joining him for a day out, I knew I had to have my own kayak.
I chose a sit on top kayak which suites my requirements well. I can meander along at a steady pace with the ability to hop off at any convenient rest stop I find.
After carrying out lots of research and speaking to fellow kayakers for advice, I finally settled on a Feel Free Nomad Sport kayak. This has the capability of being adapted for fishing….this may just feature in a future video.
My brother and I both enjoy North Wales and our kayaking days are made more enjoyable when my niece’s join us. Maisie and Poppy are age 7 and 8 and are both extremely capable of piloting their own kayak.
Kayaking remains a welcome break from my day job working in a busy Liverpool hospital where I am an Assistant Practitioner in the Radiology department. X-raying patients 9-5 is great and I like to chat to patients who have traveled from North Wales (this is more common than you might think)
The video featured below was filmed during a sunny weekend in September, early in the morning before the mist cleared on Llyn Padarn. I tried to show how relaxing and slow paced kayaking can be, its not all about rapids and white water!
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