IIRC on Derwent water the South eastern edge of the lake has wildcamping spots. I believe the friend who did a trip started on the river flowing into the southern end then up the lake. I think they camped by the river one day them Eastern coast of the lake another, possibly an island too. Not sure of the details but a another mate did show where he wildcamped on the southern end of the eastern coast of the lake.
Coniston has hidden cove from swallows and amazons book on an island across from Brown Howe. It's a small, wooded Island with a few flat camping spots. People camp this island and not all have been responsible but I guess some visitors tidy it up because it isn't convered by rubbish.
We used to do beginner's trips on Coniston with lunch stops there in summer. If hot we would dive off some of the rocks creating hidden cove. Assuming lake levels weren't exceptionally low of course. Nothing better than a summer's paddle with a sudden very cold dunking as you dive in to the cold water!!Cat Island I think it's called? We went up for a day paddle a couple of weeks ago, covered in people during the day we avoided it like the plague.
What are you paddling? You mention "canoe" but sometimes people confuse the actual type of craft and that can make a big difference, so is it a canoe , kayak, inflatable, sit on top?Do any of you have any suggestions in terms of canoeing on lakes starting and finishing at same place with an overnighter or two during the journey?
I am paddling an Apache trek 15 canoe. Have a trip planned for summer 2021 for Loch Lomond. Will be testing kit with my canoeing partner on Bala Lake beforehand, possibly in the Spring. HodgeWhat are you paddling? You mention "canoe" but sometimes people confuse the actual type of craft and that can make a big difference, so is it a canoe , kayak, inflatable, sit on top?
Are you looking for overnight parking, or will you be dropped off/picked up?
SOTP is definitely a good bet for anything paddle camp/ extended paddle tripping advice.
Loch Shiel is a good location for out and back paddling if you park at the hotel at the top end (they used to be happy to let you park and take your details, in case of emergency etc but that might not still be so)
I am paddling an Apache trek 15 canoe. Have a trip planned for summer 2021 for Loch Lomond. Will be testing kit with my canoeing partner on Bala Lake beforehand, possibly in the Spring. Hodge
In terms of experience I have paddled the Spey, Tay, Lochy and Findhorn during my post graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education. Additionally, paddled Dordogne whilst teaching Outdoor Education in France. Due to age and some physical issues I will not be paddling white water just content with paddling from A to B and then camping each night.