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    Default Tittesworth

    I was under the impression that there was no access to this Res for paddlers.

    Living locally we use Rudyard until the blue algae arrives then off to the gravel pits in Cheshire

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    You can now paddle on Tittesworth. There is a 5 launching fee + you can also hire OCs + sitontops. There are some restrictions on where you can paddle..for example keep away from nesting areas..+ unless you have an inducted coach you are limited to the northern part of the lake. Its probably not quite as good flat water venue as Rudyard Lake (just over Gun Hill), but has the Roaches as a very impressive backdrop + a good cafe at the visitor centre.

    see www.peakpursuits.co.uk



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    What's an inducted coach and does it hurt...how much pain do you have to go through before you're allowed on the water?

    Then where can you go when you've been 'inducted' (...and all knds of mean and nasty things...as the song goes!)

    You're right tho, if you get bored you can catch the bus up to the Roaches

    Lovely picture by the way, one of my favourite crags.

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    For most paddlers the amount of water to paddle is relatively restricted as the majority of the lake is only available to L2 coaches who go through an important and relatively simple induction.

    Those of you who are coaches in the local area will find this a more than useful venue to take groups of young people for introduction meets etc.
    Excellent for its situation in the Staffordshire Moorlands with quick and easy access for climbing on the Roaches for a double day. Just don't look at this site for extensive paddling days

    Though the cafe at the visitor centre is mentioned above there is no lake side access you will need to drive to it. Great visitor centre and hike around the lake though.


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    I spoke to Peak Pursuits yesterday...and a friendly lot they seem to be!

    They are running some 'inductions' over the next few Tuesdays, they are also thinking of running some in the evenings which would be more useful.

    If you think you might want to use this piece of water they are requesting you contact them so that they can get some ideas of numbers etc for their induction sessions. Paul didn't say how long the induction takes.

    Hope this info's useful.

    I'm going to go over tomorrow and have a nosy about...so if anyone that side of the hills wants to join me for a potter...and to check out the cafe of course, let me know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Coats View Post
    What's an inducted coach and does it hurt...how much pain do you have to go through before you're allowed on the water?

    Lovely picture by the way, one of my favourite crags.
    and there is a pool on top..+ long portage!

    Sorry about delay replying but I think it only takes a couple of hours provided you are already a BCU coach. I think L1 is OK -the guy in the pic has been inducted and he is L1.. but check with Peak Pursuits. Sadly I've no such luxuries as coaching quals or Stars so guess I'll have to stick to the north part of Tittesworth..or all of Rudyard, Windermere, Ullswater, Scottish Lochs,Irish sea, Minch etc... at least Tittesworth is a lot better than Carsington.

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    so...why can't we paddle on Carsington then, they're both ST Water aren't they? And for that matter Ladybower, Derwent or Howden?

    So the same arguments about safeguarding drinking water must apply, or is it that at Carsington the commercial interests of the watersports centre are given more importance? (I know you can go on a widdly little bit of it, and that's not even an interesting bit!)

    I agree with you that there are some very fine lakes to be paddled but it would probably ruin my groups day if I told them we had to drive for 3 hours to Windermere...

    I've asked at Carsington and been told that I can go across the lake if I have one of the watersports staff 'check me out' first, so don't let lack of any coaching or *'s worry you, despite a lot of hard work it doesn't impress them either!!

    Now if I were a fisherman...let's not go there.

    That's just myself and another solo boat...not even a group involved.

    Barmy isn't it, at least at Tittesworth when I rang Peak Pursuits they were friendly and encouraging...makes a change

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    Maybe a stupid question,,,, but why as a coach would you need an induction to paddle on a lake that looks like it is in the remit of a L1?

    Surely your coaching qualification says that you are safe to operate on that water?

    In fact if you had a 2* if they were after quals that should be enough!

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    There really isn't any answer to that is there, oh, just thought of one...

    nanny state!

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    I suspect its basically the Water Utilities combined with the Health and Safety industry... you can't blame the fishermen this time..they were kicked off Tittesworth several years ago...and are still a bit p***d off about it. Its quite a pleasant paddle even if you are confined to the north part of the Lake...and certainly a very much better deal than Carsington water and, as you say, the Peak Pursuits folk seem very friendly.

    At Carsington a 5 launching fee gives you a tiny area about the size of a football pitch to paddle in! The H&S culture at Carsington seems really OTT.. if you go round the lake on a mountain bike there are notices on every slight incline telling you to dismount ..together with hazardous green posts every few yards with numbers on so you can tell the emergency services exactly which one you have crashed into!!

    Take the point re Ladybower, Derwent, Howden etc..they would be great places for a paddle..
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    Had been in touch with Severn Trent to get there position on launching here. Here is reply - seems fairly authorititive (even if he did get my name wrong). Will have to call Peak in the spring and check the "no under 8s" bit, fairly sure Rudyard doesnt have that restriction


    Hi Andy
    Canoeing is one of the activities which is allowed at Tittesworth but strictly only through our partners at Tittesworth - Peak Pursuits. No one is allowed onto the water without first booking through Peak Pursuits.

    Canoes can only launch from the Peak Pursuits pontoon.
    The cost of launching a canoe from the pontoon is 5.
    Canoes can be hired for 15 per hour, sit on kayak 7 per hour, Double Kayak 10 per hour, Katakanu (4 to 6 People) 20 per hour.
    The centre is open to the general public from March to November.
    Ages 8 and over
    The contact no. for Peak Pursuits is 01782 722226
    www.peakpursuits.co.uk

    if you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact me
    kind regards and Merry Christmas
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    Default Tittesworth water Open day

    Hi all,

    On the 2nd April 2011, Peak Pursuits are holding an open day at Tittesworth water, we have got lots going on including canoe and kayak hire, a mobile climbing wall, trips to the roaches, orienteering and more.

    Peak Pursuits now also owns the UK's second mobile high ropes course, which is available for hire and will be at Tittesworth on the day for you to try.

    We are also running a dragon boat race (the first time its been done on the lake) which you can enter teams onto, this can be done for a charity of your choice or just for fun.

    Please see our web site for further details www.peakpursuits.co.uk

    From my perspective as centre manager, I would love to get all you local paddlers to the resivour on the day to see what Peak Pursuits is all about and importantly get your feed back on what you would like to see/get rid of at Tittesworth so that I can help provide you with a better paddeling venue.

    Hope to see you all there

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    Quote Originally Posted by tootall View Post
    Hi all,

    On the 2nd April 2011, Peak Pursuits are holding an open day at Tittesworth water ...
    Please see our web site for further details www.peakpursuits.co.uk

    From my perspective as centre manager, I would love to get all you local paddlers to the reservoir on the day to see what Peak Pursuits is all about and importantly get your feed back on what you would like to see/get rid of at Tittesworth so that I can help provide you with a better paddling venue.

    Hope to see you all there

    Ian
    Hi Ian, I rang Peak Persuits to find out more about your open day and what provision has been laid on for paddlers ... i.e. can we bring our own boats to the day, launch fees etc. The lady I talked to seemed to think that "own boats" weren't allowed for the open day but we could use Peak Persuit's SoTs at 2/go (didn't say how long a go) ... unless you had set up something specifically for paddlers on a different bit of the lake??

    can you provide more info?

    thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potty Paddler View Post
    Hi Ian, I rang Peak Persuits to find out more about your open day and what provision has been laid on for paddlers ... i.e. can we bring our own boats to the day, launch fees etc. The lady I talked to seemed to think that "own boats" weren't allowed for the open day but we could use Peak Persuit's SoTs at 2/go (didn't say how long a go) ... unless you had set up something specifically for paddlers on a different bit of the lake??

    can you provide more info?

    thanks,

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    Hi Mike,

    Yes I believe you spoke to Jane, yes she is correct, people will not be able to launch their own boats on that particular day, sit on top kayaks, open boats and kata kanu's will be available to hire, but will be restricted to a small area dur to the dragon boat race being on the lake. Prices have not be confirmed yet but it will be just a few pounds for fifteen mins to half an hour.

    Teams can also of course enter the dragon boat race (if booked on in advance) which will last the whole day.

    I hope this clears thing up, any further questions please let me know

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ap999 View Post
    I suspect its basically the Water Utilities combined with the Health and Safety industry... you can't blame the fishermen this time..they were kicked off Tittesworth several years ago...and are still a bit p***d off about it. Its quite a pleasant paddle even if you are confined to the north part of the Lake...and certainly a very much better deal than Carsington water and, as you say, the Peak Pursuits folk seem very friendly.

    At Carsington a 5 launching fee gives you a tiny area about the size of a football pitch to paddle in! The H&S culture at Carsington seems really OTT.. if you go round the lake on a mountain bike there are notices on every slight incline telling you to dismount ..together with hazardous green posts every few yards with numbers on so you can tell the emergency services exactly which one you have crashed into!!

    Take the point re Ladybower, Derwent, Howden etc..they would be great places for a paddle..
    Carsington also insists that you wear a wetsuit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kharga View Post
    Carsington also insists that you wear a wetsuit!!
    Does it have to be a wet suit what about a drysuit.

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    No canoeing/kayak provision at Tittesworth now as the Peak Pursuits centre has closed. It's a shame really.
    "There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (Wind in the Willows)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archie_Paddler View Post
    No canoeing/kayak provision at Tittesworth now as the Peak Pursuits centre has closed. It's a shame really.
    There is a sign up on the other side of the reservoir advertising the sale or lease of a property with water sport activity a an option, so maybe someone else will take up the business. On the other Severn Trent Reservoirs that have water sports they are all leased out to sailing clubs, they do not seem to want to take responsibility for boating themselves, preferring to franchise it out.
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    Thanks Cloudman, I guess it's an insurance / h&s headache for them. Would be good if water sports came back to the reservoir. It is a nice little spot and far easier parking than Rudyard!!
    "There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (Wind in the Willows)

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    I know that the lease was due for renewal at some point last year and Severn Trent put the contract out for tender. My experience of managing the watersports centre for three years, is that Sevren Trent recognise that it is specialist provision and better to have an agreement with an appropriate business rather than do it them selves. As far as I'm aware (no longer working for Peak, or having much contact with ST) no contracts have been agreed with any interested parties. It is obviously therefore unclear if there will be public access going forwards.
    I would like to see access remain open, it's a fantastic piece of water, with the best views in Staffordshire.

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    Agreed, it was one of my local favourites!
    "There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (Wind in the Willows)

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    Pity .. although must admit I prefer Rudyard and Errwood.

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    Breaking News - Tittesworth Reservoir is re-opening for Paddlesports as "Tittesworth Water Sports & Activity Centre"

    See ... http://tittesworthwater.co.uk/

    Lease now in the hands of Nikki & Paul Bull
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potty Paddler View Post
    Breaking News - Tittesworth Reservoir is re-opening for Paddlesports as "Tittesworth Water Sports & Activity Centre"

    See ... http://tittesworthwater.co.uk/

    Lease now in the hands of Nikki & Paul Bull
    It looks as if they are going to run a more sustainable business than the others, I think the inclusion of sailing and angling in their package will give them a chance at making a living from it, good luck to them.

    On the downside they are banning inflatables, so I assume they will not be using a RIB as a safety boat, despite it being the favorite boat of the RNLI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloudman View Post
    ... On the downside they are banning inflatables, so I assume they will not be using a RIB as a safety boat, despite it being the favorite boat of the RNLI.
    Dave, I suspect that has been put in as a very sensible default setting ... there is a world of difference between a lilo/inflatable toy kayak and the boats you have in your inflatable kayak collection. Enquire and you may find that the rule can be adjusted on a case by case basis.

    Have you managed to get a trial paddle in that sleek new Sea Eagle yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potty Paddler View Post
    Dave, I suspect that has been put in as a very sensible default setting ... there is a world of difference between a lilo/inflatable toy kayak and the boats you have in your inflatable kayak collection. Enquire and you may find that the rule can be adjusted on a case by case basis.

    Have you managed to get a trial paddle in that sleek new Sea Eagle yet?

    best regards,

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    Mike, It must be difficult to lay down the rules in advance, I am sure they will adapt them when they have a bit of experience with running the business, it would be better to say they reserve the right to refuse access if they think the boat is unsuitable. They are also restricting those who have not achieved 2* to a small area around the base, all very sensible and responsible but this will greatly restrict their customer base, not a good idea when starting a new business!

    As for testing the new boat the answer is no, I have had a few health problems so have not been able to paddle at all for a while, I have had an opp, loads of physio and retired, the result being that I am feeling much fitter and should be back on the water in a couple of weeks. This retirement lark is great I should have done it years ago, I view "Last of the Summer Wine" as a documentary now, but can't quite work out which character to play.
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    Wow we only got confirmation on Wednesday but so pleased that our new venture is generating so much discussion already.

    Our aim in taking over the venue is to put boats back on the lake and encourage people to enjoy the water and the stunning views of the Roaches that it offers.

    We have negotiated hard with Severn Trent to remove some of the previous restrictions on paddling the lake however certain things have been non-negotiable such as protecting the wildlife and some aspects of their safety protocols.

    We we will always work with paddlers so if you have any questions then we can discuss these on an individual basis so please do drop us a line on email or via our Facebook page.

    Plus we would more than happily host a song of the paddle meet to allow you all to explore this fantastic site and of course you're more than welcome to bring your own boats! 😉

    All the best,

    Paul

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    Just a quick update from an inexperienced paddler.

    Took my two sons to Tittesworth today for the first time (have done Rudyard, Dee, Weaver, Ullswater so far).
    Phoned http://www.tittesworthwater.co.uk/ in advance and they were very welcoming and friendly.

    They asked us to stay within sight of their building at all times (due to us not having the 2* thingy) which give us about a third of the reservoir to play in. Shame not to be able to go around the whole perimeter, but no matter.

    Quite a few people were in the water with SUPs and an open canoe and it was a nice place to be.

    They said it was fine to land in front of the visitors centre as long as they could see our boat (so they knew where we were), so we had a nice lunch in the cafe.

    Cost was 6 for our own boat with own equipment. I think they had an open canoe for 15 so we might take friends next time.
    Parking was free, so it might even work out cheaper than parking at the visitor's centre!

    Very pleasant day with a couple of hours spent clambering on the Roaches after.









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    Thanks for that chap.
    We are off to Rudyard in the morning but will check out Tittesworth as well.
    Nice to have a close by alternative.
    Grateful!

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