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Kayaking on Derwentwater.

Kayaking is one of the most popular ways to explore Derwentwater.  Derwentwater is one of the prettiest lakes with lots of islands to explore.  As you travel to the bottom of the lake it becomes very atmospheric as you head towards Borrowdale.   The Lingholm islands are just around the corner from Nichol End and can be explored in under an hour. If you have a bit longer you can go to St Herbert's Island in the middle of the lake where a hermit used to live - have a good hunt to find the remains of his cottage. No previous experience is needed to hire a kayak from Nichol End (weather dependent).  We allways have an instructor on hand to offer advice and help.

We can offer simple hire by the hour, 1:1 or small group tuition, fun group sessions, paddle club or even integrate kayaking into a swallows and amazons adventure.  If you hire often consider membership where you pay a single annual fee for a whole years kayak hire - Derwentwater could be your outdoor gym.

Any questions?  See our kayaking FAQ's, pop in, call us on 017687 73082 or email

Setting off from Nichol End to explore Derwentwater in kayaks. paddling down the lake arrived at lonetree island
at Lingholme Islands Kayaking on Derwentwater - setting of from Lone Tree Island. On Derwentwater in Sit on Top kayaks.
Kayaking from Nichol End Kayak games at Nichol End Playing in Derwentwater

End of season sale

To keep a nice fresh fleet of boats, we sell 90% of our hire fleet most years - only keeping a few boats for winter use from year to year.  Half the boats are offered for sale early in September, the other half late in October. As a guideline prices for a boat with 2-6 months use are about 30% below RRP and include a paddle and backrest.  Some boats are older and cost less.