Canoeing

Open Canoeing Courses in the Lake District

Kendal Mountaineering services offer Canadian Canoe sessions and journeys on the beautiful waterways in the Lake District, Cumbria. Canadian canoeing (also called open canoeing or open boating) can be done on a number of the great lakes in the Lake District; primarily Coniston Water, Windermere, Ullswater and Derwentwater.

  • learn how to steer your own canoe
  • great for exploring hard to reach places
  • brilliant family activity

Open Canadian Canoeing

You can choose to have a half day canoeing session or go for a full day of adventure; journey from one end of a lake to the other taking in points of interest and visiting islands along the way.

You will be shown the basic flat water skills of how to handle a Canadian Canoe (open boat) and what to do if you are unlucky enough to capsize or fall out of your boat. You will also be shown all sorts of fun things that you can do in a Canadian canoe.

Advanced River Adventures

Canadian canoeing sessions can also be done as guided trips on many of the Lake Districts' rivers such as the Derwent, the Leven and the River Lune. Prior to doing a river journey, you will need to have attended one of our lakes based courses or be able to demonstrate competence on flat water in handling an open boat.

Open Canoeing, Open Boating & Canadian Canoeing

Equipment provided for Canadian canoe sessions includes a wetsuit, cagoule, buoyancy aid and a helmet (for river trips) please bring with you an old pair of trainers that you don't mind getting wet and a fleece pullover to wear under the wetsuit.

Canadian Canoeing is ideal as part of a multi-activity day in conjunction with another activity such as ghyll scrambling in the Lake District and is ideal for groups, stag & hen parties as well as families and individuals.

  • Prices are £45/person for a half day (4 hours) and £75/person for a full day (8 hours) 
  • Minimum booking numbers apply. 
  • Group bookings discount and children’s rates are also available.

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Canoeing Courses and Activities are held in:
Fell Foot Brown Howe Ullswater Buttermere Crummock Water Wast Water The Middle Derwent The River Eamont The River Lune River Eden

More About KMS

Iain Gallagher, Kendal Mountaineering ServicesKendal Mountaineering Services is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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