Where: Fell Foot Park, Cumbria
£: Entry to the championship cost £3 for adults and £1 for children
What was it?
The All England Stone Skimming Championships took place in the picturesque location of Fell Foot Park in Cumbria. The park is owned by the National Trust and nestles along the shore of Windermere Lake.
The weather wasn’t particularly summery but thankfully that didn’t put off the competitors or the spectators. The event brought out some very competitive throws as well as families enjoying a fun few hours outdoors. Taking part couldn’t have been simpler, you signed up at the tent, chose your three stones and waited for your number to be called, before stepping up to the platform at the water’s edge for your skims. In fact the most tricky part was avoiding the kamikaze ducks which had gathered in the stone skimming arena. The stones had to bounce at least three times to be counted and the aim was to get your stone to travel the furthest distance in the water.
By the time Contrary Life turned up to have a go at the quirky sport, there was already a throw of over 60 metres to beat. Not being the greatest of sporting athletes we were pretty sure we weren’t going to be winning a prize, but as the event’s cheeky compere pointed out after three disastrous throws, it’s the taking part that counts. Since it was for a good cause, it was the taking part that counted. Perhaps some practice is needed before having a go again next year!
In addition to the stone skimming there were children’s games, a climbing wall, a beer tent selling local ale and a burger van (which was far nicer than your usual greasy festival burger van).
If you can’t wait until next year to have a go at stone skimming then you can test your skills at the World Stone Skimming Championships in Easdale this September. If you are thinking of taking part in the stone skimming championships then check out the video on the National Trust website to pick up some tips. Alternatively, the National Trust have various stone skimming activities throughout the year.
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot-park