Away from the busy central Lakes such as Coniston Water, the Lake District also holds a fantastic collection of 'forgotten' rivers. These range from the very slow and easy, to fast and furious white water, allowing us to run canoe and kayaking trips for all abilities.
Our Lake District canoe river trips are suitable for absolute beginners, and we run them as a full day activity. The first half day is spent exploring a beautiful Lake, developing our boat skills as we go and setting us up for the approaching river section. After stopping for food, we will enter the river mouth, and cover the basic skills required to safely get down the rapids.
As the river carries us along we hope to see herons and kingfishers and will tackle several stretches of white water rapids, all whilst being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in England. The canoes are fairly forgiving boats, but there is always a chance of a dunking - it all adds to the outdoor adventure... wet or dry, this full day Lake District experience really will leave you with some amazing memories to take back home!
It is a surprisingly relaxing activity as the river current does most of the work allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride. Before running any rapids a comprehensive briefing will be given by your instructor who will never be far away. The only requirement is to be confident in water; an ability to swim is not essential as you will be wearing a buoyancy aid throughout the trip.
We will provide all the technical equipment required, and you can either be brave and paddle in warm clothes with our waterproofs over the top, or opt for one of our wetsuits.
To Canoe or Kayak?
If you have NOT paddled before, we will run the trip in Canadian canoes, these are open boats with no top deck, paddled by 2 people. If you do have some kayaking experience, then the choice is yours. Please be honest, as it is MUCH harder in kayaks if you don’t have the basics, and will make your day really frustrating!
Please note the kayak comfort limit; 13 stone max and shorter than 6 foot
If you are more experienced and have a certain Lake District river trip in mind then please feel free to contact us, and we can provide transport / equipment, local details, or an instructor for you. Our modern specialised river running boats handle very well and will forgive the odd bash!
Mobile Adventure's river trips are run all through the year, with the venue chosen depending on the groups ability and local water levels, throughout the Lake District national park. Some of our favourite trips are:- Middle Derwent, Eamont, River Leven and the River Brathey .
Meet and travel to the chosen Lake District river.
Take to the water for basic boat skills and exploring.
Stop for lunch on the lake shore.
Back on the water, entering the river, moving water skills, tackling the rapids.
End of the trip, and pack up.
Return to Keswick.
Looking for Something Similar?
For those wanting a slightly less challenging canoe or kayak experience than the Lake District rivers, our half day lake sessions could be the perfect activity. Taken at your own pace, exploring the beautiful areas, and getting to grips with your boat, there is no need to get really wet, although we can provide wetsuits if you want! We can provide canoeing and kayaking sessions on Derwent Water, Coniston water, Windermere, Grasmere