There are numerous opportunities for both kayaking and canoeing in the Peak District. Canoeing and kayaking are great family sports and perfect for exploring the local area at a gentle pace.
We’ve pulled together some of the best options for kayaking and canoeing in the Peak District.
Kayak Hire – Peak District
Peaks and Paddles Outdoor Adventure specialise in river kayaking in the Peak District and offer three packages to choose from, all are led by highly experienced instructors:
- River Derwent Canoe Trip – a four-mile canoe trip experience which is perfect for more confident canoeists. Enjoy some impressive Derbyshire scenery from the comfort of your own two-person canoe. £55.00 per person for a two-hour session
- Cromford Canal Canoe Adventure – great if this is your first experience of a canoe, explore the flat waters of Cromford Canal and learn the basics of canoe handling skills. Family canoeing in the Peak District at its best. Cost is £22.00 per person for a two-hour session
- Zero to Hero – can’t decide which option is best for you? The Zero to Hero package combines the two – start your day learning the skills in the calm waters of the Cromford Canal and then move onto the river Derwent in the afternoon to really hone your skills and push your confidence. Cost is £110.00 per person for a full day session
If you fancy something a little more adrenalin inducing, Rapid Horizons offer white water kayaking in the Peak District on the River Derwent. Your trip will start with a gentle meander past stunning landscapes before experiencing small grade rapids along the way. A two- and half-hour sessions costs £60.00 per person and includes all necessary equipment and a fully qualified training instructor.
Finally, if you are already an experienced kayaker or canoeist, Tittesworth Water Sports offer both canoe and kayak hire in the Peak District. Costs start form £10 per kayak or canoe per hour and also includes a helmet, paddle, and buoyancy aid.
Where to kayak in the Peak District
Carsington Water is open from March onwards and offers a range of pre-bookable water activities, including canoeing and kayaking. They also run courses.
Tittesworth Reservoir all launch dates must be pre-booked and paid for online, but once booked in you can stay all day. The reservoir is located on the very edge of the Peak District and is one of Staffordshire’s largest open water spaces.
River Derwent at Matlock has a popular access point just south of Matlock town, the half mile section, runs from the pay and display car park known locally as Artist’s Corner. It is advisable to seek a guide unless you are experienced.
Peak Forest Canal is described as one of the most scenic canals in the country, the Peak Forest canal is 15 miles of paddle-heaven. It flows past mill workers cottages, lush woodland, and open meadows. Perfect for a lazy day of canoeing or kayaking in the Peak District.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
We have a collection of hotels, inns, cottages and restaurants in the Peak District that will make your visit that little bit more comfortable and special.