The second of this year’s REC paddles was hosted by Belfast Kayak Club who provided a coach and volunteers for the day.
The river Quoile starts where the Annacloy ends just before the small village of Annacloy. Other than the first 500 metres or so it’s mostly a narrow flat river which winds it’s way through farming land and enters Strangford Lough below Delamont
From the start the shallow moving water and a number of bends kept everyone on their toes until the water deepens and slows to a crawl. From here it was a gentle paddle with a little head wind and the occasional shower. We stopped for a short coffee break and enjoyed some sunshine before moving along the river taking advantage of a change of wind allowing those with sails to take full advantage. We again enjoyed more sunshine during a late lunch stop at Inch Abby allowing folk the opportunity to stretch their legs and do a little exploring.
Back on the water it was just a short paddle where the river widens into a small lake. The get-out is river right at a small car park just before the nature reserve in Downpatrick.
A great days paddling was had by all and many thanks to BKC for an event well organised.