Kayaking in the Lake District - Lakes and Rivers

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Kayaking uses boats originally designed by Eskimos for travelling on the sea. This in mind the boat is covered except for a hole around the waist. Our kayaks allow beginners to have some fun, learning skills on a lake and then maybe trying them out on a river in further sessions.

  • Locations: Lakes: Coniston, Windermere, Rivers: Brathay, Rothay, Crake, Leven
  • Progress to: River trips, new BCU star tests
  • Duration: ½ or full day activity
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Premium Days available: River trips
  • Other: If you have children younger than our minimum age for kayaking, we recommend they do Canoeing. Please feel free to discuss this with us if you have any questions.
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Our kayaks (small single person boats with a double ended paddle) allow you to have some fun while learning new skills and enjoying a journey on a lake. We can also run BCU Star Tests and White Water Safety and Rescue courses for groups. Please enquire for availability

 

Open Kayaking Sessions

Please see dates below for activity sessions that are running and have spaces available for others to join. FOR ANY OTHER DATES OR ACTIVITIES PLEASE SEND US AN ENQUIRY.

Last Updated: 23 April 2017, 22:58

From Mon, 1 May 2017

Saturday, 6 May am Kayaking South end Coniston Water, Min. Age: 12, Spaces: 1 Book
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From Mon, 29 May 2017

Friday, 2 Jun am Kayaking South end Coniston Water, Min. Age: 12, Spaces: 4 Book
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From Mon, 5 Jun 2017

Tuesday, 6 Jun pm Kayaking South end Coniston Water, Min. Age: 12, Spaces: 6 Book
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From Mon, 24 Jul 2017

Tuesday, 25 Jul pm Kayaking South end Coniston Water, Min. Age: 12, Spaces: 4 Book
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Kayaking Details

Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, spray decks, paddles and kayaks are provided unless you wish to learn in your own boat, in which case you are free to bring it along.

What do we do in a typical Kayaking session

A kayaking session usually takes place on Coniston Water. You will generally learn how to paddle in a sheltered bay then venture out onto the lake, taking a journey south and putting your new skills into practice. You might have a go at seal-launching off a jetty and refresh yourself by jumping in the lake off the rocks.

Will I have to roll?
No! Learning to roll is a specialist skill that is not part of a standard session. We can provide specific learning to roll classes either in the lake or in a pool. Where appropriate, it can also be part of a paddlesport development course.

All our outdoor activity sessions include elements of fun, learning new skills, going on a journey, adventure and coaching. Each session will have one of these elements as its main focus, either because the activity naturally offers it, (eg. Kayaking a journey), or to tailor the session to the groups aims. Be sure to let our office/your instructor know if there is something you would like to learn, do or have concerns about. We will always remember that you are doing the activity as part of your time off and so your enjoyment will always be our priority.

Through years of experience providing quality outdoor activities we include all those small things that make your holiday so unique and memorable. Such as average instructor to customer ratios of 1:5 (so you have more time and are not rushed) complimentary hot drinks, and much more.

Why go Kayaking in the Lake District?

The natural geography of the lakes make them an excellent place to learn with sheltered bays, big open water and islands to explore. There's also the magnificent scenery and nature all around you.

Kayaking Activity Days

Premium Days

Kayak River Trips

Kayak River Trips are fast moving, exciting and great for learning and testing new skills. The rivers in the lakes require a certain level of skill and so we rarely do these as the first session with people. There are some beautiful journeys that we run that finish in one of the lakes or even the sea!

Rivers are open mainly from November til March. Outside these times, a river trip requires lots of rain to have fallen or the river to have been booked well in advance. However there are some tidal features on a couple of rivers which we can use to teach basic moving water kayaking skills. Doing a river trip usually requires some previous experience or at least a skills session on flatwater at the start.

Kayak Skills Courses

We do not have any Kayaking Skills Courses planned for 2017.

Paddling the Length of Coniston

Paddling the length of Coniston is a great adventure that allows you to discover parts of the lake that can only be appreciated fully from a boat. This journey includes opportunities to locate and admire the beautiful Allan tarn at the south end of the lake and have a roam around Peel Island (Wildcat Island from Swallows and Amazons). Coniston is the third largest lake in the Lake District and measures five miles (8 km) long, half a mile (800 m) wide and has a maximum depth of 184 feet (56 m). It drains to the sea via the River Crake which can provide a great River Trip to the sea for experienced paddlers. The beauty of Canoe Sailing is that it allows more distance to be covered generally requiring less effort (depending on the wind!) as well as giving you the opportunity to admire the views of and from the Lake.

Paddling the Length of Windermere

Paddling the length of Windermere is an exciting and challenging day that requires motivation, but provides a great journey and huge sense of achievement. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and measures 10.5 miles (16.9 km) long and width-wise varies from a quarter of a mile (400m) to one mile (1.6 km). It reaches a depth of about 220 feet (67 m) and is drained from its southernmost point by the River Leven. The rivers Brathay, Rothay, Trout Beck and Cunsey Beck run from Lake Windermere and provide great venues for our River Trips for experienced paddlers. The beauty of Canoe Sailing is that it allows more distance to be covered, generally requiring less effort (depending on the wind!) as well as giving you the opportunity to admire the views of and from the Lake.
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