Kayaking in the Lake District

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.

Kayaking in the Lake District

The basics:

  • Locations: Coniston, Windermere, Brathay, Rothay, Crake, Leven
  • ½ or full day activity
  • Minimum age: 12
  • Progress to: River trips, new BCU star tests

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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.

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.

Our kayaking sessions usually take 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.

We can also run BCU Star Tests and specific skills courses for groups.