Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and Kayaking in The Lake District

Within Cumbria and the Lakes District there is a wealth of rivers and lakes perfect for discovering by canoe and kayak. From exploratory tours of the bays and islands on the lakes to meandering river trips through stunning scenery, the area has it all.

image of a group of people preparing to go canoeing in the Lake District on Wastwater

Canoes and kayaks come in all shapes and sizes and the one for you can all be down to personal preference. There are a wide variety of providers in Cumbria with a trip or session suited to you, whether you want a skill based training day, play lots of games or even spend a night under the stars on a paddling expedition.

With a highly experienced and qualified instructor previous experience is not required and you will be provided with all safety equipment when heading out with a guide.

Introduction courtesy of experts from Distant Horizons.

Go Canoeing & Kayaking in the Lake District with :

Path to Adventure

Tel : 01229 889183 / 07891 798341 / 079737 76173 Email here
Explore one of the Lake Districts famous Lakes such as Windermere, Coniston Water or Wastwater, or take a river trip on one of Cumbria’s many rivers. We’ll tailor the day to suit your group – whether it’s fun, games and splashing or a relaxing scenic journey stopping off on the Islands to explore. We guide full, half day trips and expeditions with wild camping on the way. We also offer sunrise paddles and sunset paddles with a meal cooked over an open fire.

Bassenfell Manor Christian Centre

Tel : 017687 76366 Email here
Lake District Canoe and Kayak Holidays and Hire for Adults. Well qualified guides and instruction to improve your skills and confidence. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, comfy Manor, great food, and quality leadership are the hall marks of our holidays, giving excellent value. Our staff are Christians and each holiday has opportunity to explore faith.

Mobile Adventure

Tel : 01697 509016 Email here
Based amongst the stunning scenery of the Lake District our half day lake courses offer you the opportunity to learn some basic kayak or canoe skills. If you are looking to improve your paddling we recommend one of our star courses, or if you fancy something a little different then why not try one of our canoe river trips? Learn more at

Mere Mountains

Tel : 015395 35030 Email here
We have kayaks, canoes and sit on tops for you to try. Whether you want to splash around and get wet or enjoy a scenic journey exploring Lake Windermere from a new perspective. These activities are great for all ages and with our expert instruction you can pretty much stay as dry as you want to (or not). For more information visit:

Derwent Water Marina

Tel : 017687 72912 Email here
Canoes and kayaks offer a great way to explore the Lake District and enjoy the wildlife & scenery. As a BCU accredited centre we offer a wide range of session from your first outing out on the water where you will learn the basic paddling skills to more advanced skills & manoeuvres, we also offer lake tours & family trips out on the lake.

West Lakes Adventure

Tel : 019467 23753 / 07837 099 525 Email here
Open Canoeing is a wonderfully inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by anyone irrespective of age or ability. Whether on majestic lakes or on slow moving tidal rivers or even try fast flowing white water, the Lake District provides the perfect natural resources to try Canoeing for the first time, learn a new skill or develop existing skills.

Adventure North West

Tel: 07795917171 Email here
With our qualified and experienced kayak and canoe instructors you can explore the lakes in a different way. We offer relaxed tours of the lakes or more invigorating canoe and kayak activity days in the Lake District where you can take part in fun and games out on the water – you will undoubtedly get wet doing these! As well as this we offer raft building sessions for those of you with competitive problem solving minds. All locations are based within the South Lakes, on Coniston Water and Lake Windermere.


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