Kev & I do love an adventure. I never think to try out what is on my doorstep, however that has changed over the past couple of months with less travelling abroad and more focus on local adventures.
Let’s Get Lost is an outdoor activity organiser based in Leicester. Being outdoors is just so refreshing and despite the autumn setting in, I think getting that fresh air and staying away from screen time really helps my well being.
From adventure experiences to breathwork sessions, their tag line is “reconnect with the inner and outer world ” and that is exactly what you get at the end.
Kev & I went for our adventure on a slightly cool but sunny Saturday. Everyone who started the 10 a.m session was on a different experience, from a full day of exploring the beautiful River Soar and the countryside pubs to Picnic & bubbly. The River flows and weaves its way through scenic Leicestershire. The route does not have many weirs and is generally smooth flowing (weather dependant).
We did have Bruce directing us to where we should be but there were a couple of others in the group who had booked a different adventure and went off exploring with a map.
We started off at the Waterside Inn, Mountsorrel. Bruce was the instructor on the day. He started by going through the health & safety measures and the dos and
I was a bit nervous at first but Bruce soon put me at ease. Within 2 minutes of being in the water, I knew it was going to be a good four hours. It is a perfect adventure to allow you to switch off, relax, have fun and maybe build those muscles depending on how competitive
Bruce let us practice for about 10 minutes, working on turning around and moving left and right. If you want to steer left, paddle right..that is what was going through my mind after being told about 50 times (*oops). The kayak is much more agile than I imagined…it is so easy to manoeuvre left and right and it happens quickly (there were a few over and understeer moments but it was part of the fun).
Team work when paddling helps and you hear yourself going left, right, left ,right to start with. We did have many bumps with the bushes and banks but it just made the experience more of an adventure.
It was the perfect condition for being outdoors. If it had been too hot I think I would have just stopped paddling and enjoyed the views whilst soaking up the sun.
Being in the water was the best way to see wildlife. Ducks, swans, fish and wild horses. We saw so many different birds (some dipping into the water to catch their prey).
Booking a four-hour adventure with Let’s Get Lost is something I recommend especially if you have never done Kayaking before. To calm your nerves you can sign up to the Paddle to the Pub session and have a drink at some lovely countryside pubs before paddling again.
We didn’t get too wet however it is possible so take a change of clothes. Waterproof shoes are also advisable.
At the end of the session Bruce asked us to get off at the bank and put the kayak out. In my head I had a vision of me falling into the water trying to come out but it was not that bad. You quickly know how to get your balance. Also when there are two of you, pulling the kayak isn’t that hard.
The team at Lets Get Lost are flexible and the day can be from 4 to 6 hours. If you are a group and want to start at one end of the River and end up at the last pub, that is possible too.
For team building or just a day out with friends, paddle to the pub is a great idea. The journey is relaxing and you come across some beautiful views on the River Soar. Get outdoors and start your adventure with Let’s Get Lost.
I cannot wait to get back out there. It will let me enjoy nature more and concentrate less on how I am paddling. If the British rivers were a bit warmer I think I would have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding. It looks like so much fun or even SUP Yoga.
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£10 off Picnic & bubbly – PI10
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Disclaimer [AD]: I was invited to Burleighs Gin to experience the Gin School. All photos and opinions are my own.