Kayaking Courses

The Lake District; 12 large lakes including England’s longest Windermere, together with a number of navigable rivers makes a superb destination for kayaking and open canoeing activities. Jump in a kayak with us and come and have an outdoor adventure.

  • get out and about in your own kayak
  • explore hard to reach places with expert instruction
  • improve your existing kayaking skills

Kayaking Courses in the Lake District

Kendal Mountaineering Services run kayaking sessions in all areas of the Lake District National Park. Kayaking activity sessions are run mainly on Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwentwater. You will see the Lake District from a different perspective and be surrounded by the beautiful mountains whilst adventuring on the water. 

As with open canoeing, you can choose a half day activity or go for a full days adventure and journey from one end of a lake to the other taking in points of interest and islands along the way. You will be taught basic flat water skills of how to handle your kayak and we can throw in some fun and games that you can do in a kayak as well. We will teach you what to do if you capsize.

Kayak training courses

GUIDED RIVER TRIPS

KMS also provide guided kayak trips on rivers such as the Lune, Rothay and Derwent. In order to come on one of these you must have attended one of our lake based kayak activity days or be able to show you are competent in kayak handling skills.

All safety equipment is provided, you will need to have suitable clothing to wear under the wetsuit and a fleece top to wear under a cagoule and also bring a pair of old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet.

KMS can travel to all areas of the Lake District, so we can arrange a session near you. Kayaking is ideal as part of a package of day activities for groups, stag or hen parties or 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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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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