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Canoeing - Rapids

Middle Derwent River Trip

Middle Derwent River Trip


The middle Derwent river trip offers rapids, stunning scenery and the opportunity to know how to control and manoeuvre your canoe on moving water.

This activity is ideal for families, couples and groups! No experience is required.

This section of the River Derwent lies between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. It's approximately 5km long, and a very pleasant grade I/II with plenty of places to learn the necessary basic skills for river running.

The River Derwent meanders its way through agricultural fields, with open views of the fells such as Causey Pike, and Grisedale Pike, interspersed with sheltered tree line bankings overlooked by the massive Skiddaw!

The river is seldom paddled and home to a variety of wildlife. A bird reserve at the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake is home to even more wildlife, and the forest overlooking the water is the nesting place for our famous osprey.

The top section of the river has some fast moving water to negotiate and if the water levels are right there is also a surfing wave to play on and practice your canoe handling.

Children welcome

Opening details

Operates all year round. Half (am or pm) and full days available.


£40 per person half day.


Claire & Paul Weller

07950 559 623


Lake Road,
CA12 5DJ



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Map reference: NY 264226  Lat: 54.59377 Long: -3.14024

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station


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