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Get on Derwent Water

Lake District Paddle Taster on Derwent Water, in partnership with the National Trust

In partnership with the National Trust, we are incredibly excited and proud to offer taster sessions in Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Boarding. Running from Crow Park in Keswick, we offer 3 sessions a day on thursday, fridays and saturdays through the school summer holidays.

Within easy walking distance of Keswick town centre, or with the massive Lakeside car park 2 minutes’ walk away, this has to be the most accessible and best value way of getting out onto the stunning Derwent Water this summer. Suitable for all abilities, you will be shown the basics by one of our highly qualified instructors, and then given the freedom to either go and explore the lake at your own pace or pick up more paddling tips. All equipment is provided, along with wetsuits for those who want them.

Activity Summary

7 Years+ Canoeing

10 years+ Kayak

12years+ Paddle Boarding

2 Hours

£25 per boat

family rate available

What is it?


Our introduction to paddling experience can be as dry or wet a Lake District activity as you want! After meeting and getting changed, your friendly and experienced instructor will introduce you to the equipment and boats, and then we head straight out onto Derwentwater. Once out on the water, we will adapt the activities to the group, playing games, jumping in, exploring through the nature reserve or focus on coaching skills as you wish / require. For those wanting to stay really dry, it is possible, but not guaranteed! We will have a dry bag for you to put any valuables in, so don't panic about the car keys. On calm days we can head right out to explore the famous St Herbert's Island, featured in the recent Swallows and Amazons film.

For those who are interested in learning some personal canoeing skills, we can take you through a progression of activities, from the absolute basics, right through to rescues, and give you a really good grounding for future canoeing adventures in the Lake District or further afield.

Please note, if you are a more individual player, we strongly recommend our kayaks or paddle boards as being a more suitable boat for you! (please note the maximum kayak comfort limit; 14 stone and 6 foot)

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Typical Itinerary


Step 1

Meet at CrowPark, our trailer will be down by the Lake.


Step 2

Kit up with cagoules, buoyancy aids and wetsuits if required. Initial canoe briefing and some simple coaching near the shore.


Step 3

Head out and explore across and around the stunning Derwentwater.


Step 4

Leave the water behind, get changed and head off with some great memories!


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