At Derwent Water Marina there’s the opportunity to hire kayaks, get some coaching or head off on a guided tour.

Paddlers looking to experience the area with a guide can do so through the marina with individual sessions or family outings catered for. These outings last around three hours but shorter trips can be arranged.

A programme of BCU (British Canoe Union) courses is available for those wishing to progress their skills. If you just want to hire equipment then this is possible with one, two and three hour slots available. Equipment is in the form of RTM Mambos and Kiwi double handers.

The lake is a stunningly beautiful part of the UK with plenty of dramatic scenery, colourful wildlife and plenty of opportunity to experience all of this.

How to get there:

Navigate to Cumbria and the Lake District. Derwent water lies just south of Keswick and is sign posted when you get near.


Derwent Marina has plenty of onsite facilities – there’s even self catering apartments if you want to stay right on site.


Weather and cold temperatures, at certain times of year, can cause issues. During summer the lake water warms up and on sunny days there’s no better place.

Ins and Outs:

You can put it straight off the bank of the lake. If you’re looking to hire kit then launching from the marina will be the best course of action.


Inland freshwater lake that nestles in the Lake District National Park. Perfect for beginners, intermediates, kayak fishers and tourers. The Lake District is an amazing spot for those who love the outdoors. If you’re into walking, hiking, climbing and cycling then this is the spot for you – it’s not just good for kayakers.


One of the principle bodies of water occupying the Lake District National Park, Derwent Water (or Derwentwater) is three miles by one mile and 72ft deep.

Fed by the River Derwent it sits in an area of Barrowdale lying to the south of Keswick. A number of islands sit within the lake – one of which is inhabited. A tenanted National Trust property Derwent Island House is open to the public five days a year and offers visitors the chance to glimpse this 18th century residence.

Derwent is a scenic part of the world and perfect for a spot of paddling action on flat non tidal water. Surrounding by fells the extensively wooded slopes make this a picturesque location for any type of kayaking trip.


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