Canoeing in the Lake District
Open canoeing or Canadian canoeing uses wide stable boats and is a little like being in a rowing boat. They are easy to propel (unlike rowing boats!) and with a little instruction, mastered in no time.
- Locations: Coniston Lake, Windermere, Wastwater, Ullswater, Wildcat Island, Peel Island
- Progess to: River Trips, Leven Estuary, BCU Star Tests
- Duration: ½ or full day activity
- Minimum Age: 5
- Premium Days available: Length of Coniston, Length of Windermere
- Per person prices: Offers and Prices
- How to book: Booking Information
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Great family trip with our two daughters aged 8 & 10 canoeing around various Swallows & Amazons locations on Coniston - Octopus Lagoon, Houseboat Bay & Wild Cat Island! Rowed into the secret harbour to land on Wild Cat Island, taking a break and exploring the landing place, lookout and camp site from Arthur Ransome's book and the film. Emma, the instructor, was flexible with arrangements given a typical British summer weather forecast. From the start she asked us what we wanted to get from the experience and tailored it to our requirements, put everyone at ease including the canoeing novices. We took along our own grog and some Grasmere gingerbread and Emma provided the hot chocolate. We were hoping to try canoe sailing but the wind and water turned out to be too calm. I was looking forward to trying the sailing but in the end it didn't detract from our enjoyment of the morning.
Open Canoeing Sessions
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Last Updated: 23 April 2017, 22:58
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Our open canoes are extra wide for more room, and are especially designed to be extra stable and go in a straight line easily. When canoeing you won’t go into the lake unless you want to and there’s none of that tippy feeling you get with some boats.
Canoeing is a really versatile activity. It can be energetic and lots of fun, perfect for groups to work or play together. Or it can be a relaxed gentle activity
What do we do in a typical Canoeing session
Our Canadian canoeing trips usually take place from the shores of Coniston lake where we have our own mini Swallows and Amazons experience. We often head south in separate open canoes, 2 or 3 to a boat, maybe play games if there are children in the group, then raft the canoes together to enable us to sail them. We may visit a jetty for some jumping in on nice days and we always pause for some hot chocolate and to savour the view of the old man of Coniston.
On a full day we can visit Peel Island or Wildcat Island from the Swallows and Amazons book, find the secret harbour and explore an ideal adventure spot.
Why go Canoeing in the Lake District?
Canadian canoeing is a fantastic lake activity, so where better than the Lake District?
There is no better way to take a journey on a lake - Experience a completely different view, getaway from the crowds and traffic, get close to nature and for walkers - it’s a rest for the legs. Canoeing is ideal for getting a unique perspective of the Lake's mountains, nature and scenery. The natural topography of the lakes and mountains make a wonderfully dramatic setting.