Kayaking in the Lake District.
There can’t be many more exciting ways to see one of the Lake District lakes than from the water. Even for a complete novice.
You see, if you hire an ‘ocean kayak’ / ‘sea kayak’ you will be sitting on top of the kayak above the water, rather than inside a traditional kayak. With lifejackets you can even take a young-ish family and enjoy paddling along the lake shore or setting off to an uninhabited island to explore.
If you’re not a novice, then traditional kayaks are perhaps a more professional choice. Or with a group you might choose Canadian canoes.
It’s certainly true that you might get less wet inside a Canadian canoe than perched on an ocean/sea kayak. You will probably have a more sedate time, and your rear end might be less wet! BUT in terms of fun, I would go with the ocean kayaks.
Here are some of the places you can hire kayaks, ocean kayaks and canoes:
Kayak and Canoe Hire in the Lake District
- Lakes Canoe and Kayak, Ullswater
- Platty+, Derwentwater
- Nichol End Marine, Derwentwater
- Derwent Water Marina
- Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere
- Windermere Canoe Kayak
You can also book yourself on to kayaking or canoeing courses. River Deep Mountain High, for example, run such courses.
If you have your own kayak, the Lake District can be your playground.
There are many places to launch your own kayak or canoe from. Ullswater has car parks very close to the lake shore, as does Derwentwater. Drive south on the Borrowdale Road out of Keswick and you come to Kettlewell Car park (CA12 5UN). Enjoy: