Kayaking in the Lake District

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Looking for a lake to kayak in? Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, or Wastwater could be perfect destinations for a memorable kayaking experience. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect lake for your kayaking experience:

Bassenthwaite Lake

If you are looking for a great place for a kayaking experience in the Lake District, look no further. The Bassenthwaite Lake is a privately owned body of water, and is not as well-known as Windermere. Bassenthwaite Lake is home to many wildlife species and fish species, including osprey, and is a National Nature Reserve. In addition, it is home to a local sailing club and sponsored races.

Wastwater is the deepest lake in the national park and is often exposed to the elements. Before you take your kayak out on the water, make sure to obtain a permit from the Keswick Tourist Information Centre. Bassenthwaite Lake is shallower than Wastwater, so you can enjoy the quiet, scenic beauty. You can even try your hand at fishing while kayaking in Bassenthwaite Lake, which is also popular with families and beginners alike.

Coniston Water

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly adventure, a Coniston Water kayaking experience is the perfect option. This lake district town is located in the shadow of the Old Man of Coniston, the fictional island where Authur Ransome wrote Swallows and Amazons. Kayak rental companies can help you get started and can also provide you with instruction. For your safety, we recommend renting a wetsuit and wearing sun protection. Bring extra socks and clothing, and remember to take a dry bag with you for your valuables.

You can choose from single and double seater kayaks, depending on your skill level. Then, you can choose between a racing or a gentle family kayaking experience. The lakes’ shallow waters and calmer waters are perfect for all levels of kayaking. There are also places to camp nearby if you’d like to go for a longer trip. And if you don’t feel like paddling, you can relax on a nearby bench and enjoy a coffee and a delicious snack.


There are many reasons to try a Wastwater kayaking experience in the Lake District. The lake is the deepest in England and is surrounded by some of the most majestic mountains. It is also home to one of the UK’s smallest churches. You can enjoy panoramic views of Great Gable, Scafell Pike, and Yewbarrow from your kayak. If you enjoy a challenge, you can choose to paddle over ‘the screes’ and hear about local legends and stories. The lake district is also a home to the secret gnome garden and the Lady of the Lake.

If you prefer not to kayak on your own, there are several places where you can hire a kayak. A good place to rent one is in Thirlmere, where kayak hire is available. You’ll be able to explore the village’s submerged villages and take in the magnificent scenery of the Helvellyn Ridge and the Borrowdale fells from your kayak. This is the perfect place for a picnic.


If you want a relaxing kayaking experience in the Lake District, consider taking your family on a trip on the scenic Derwentwater. Although it’s not a large lake, it still offers beautiful scenery and resident wildlife, making it the perfect spot for families to enjoy a day at the water. A beginner kayak doesn’t need a lot of strength to navigate the water and can be easily maneuvered on calm water.

Stand up paddleboards can provide an entirely different perspective on Derwentwater, and are suitable for all abilities. Stand Up Paddleboards are stable and have an open front, so children and adults of all ages and abilities can enjoy a unique experience. There’s no need to worry about falling in, so these watercraft are perfect for beginners. You can even learn how to roll on your board while paddling!

Glenridding Reservoir

The best way to enjoy your Kayaking experience on Glenridding Reservoir is to rent a kayak. Kayak hire is available for PS15 per person at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. Other places to hire a kayak include Ullswater Outdoor Adventures, which also offers kayak tours and other water activities. You can also hire a kayak from Reach Beyond Adventure Company.

The lake is located in the Lake District and is the deepest in the country. The scenery is breathtaking with the nearby mountains. You can start your Kayaking experience on the water at the village of Armboth. Dan and Becki run a business that offers guided river tours to those with less experience. The company also offers a more leisurely experience for the less experienced kayaker. For more information, contact them at 01629-884499.