Kayaking the Lake

Kayaking is a fun sport, enjoy the Lake Districts spectacular scenery on one of the majestic Lakes such as Wastwater


Kayaking on the
The River Esk

Enjoy a Kayak journey on one of the slow moving tidal rivers the Lake District has to offer, such as the Esk or the Irt.


Open Sessions
April to September

From Easter – September we offer the half-day kayaking on the lake as part of a programme of activities which run during the key school holidays - you can simply book spaces onto one of the sessions that are already running.

Kayaking on the Lake - Wastwater

Where better to experience and enjoy kayaking for the first time than in the Lake District.  Our instructors will coach you through all aspects of operating safely whilst journeying on open water. During your experience we will provide you with the skills to prepare a boat, paddle efficiently and play some games if you wish.

Due to our location we predominately use Wastwater - the deepest lake in England, which is a stunning, quiet and remote lake tucked away in the Western Lake District.
Throughout the year visitors and locals flock to take in its dramatic beauty which was voted Britain’s favourite view in 2007.

We are fully mobile and can offer open kayaking for larger groups on many of the lakes, waters & meres in the Lake District.

Activity Duration: 3 Hours.

Minimum Age: 10 Years.

A moderate level of fitness is required for this activity.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Open Group Activities require adult supervision if under the age of 18.

Scroll down to see what specialist equipment is provided and what personal kit you will need to provide.

Kayak the River Esk

Please note: Due to the high demand for activities this summer, we are unable to offer any river trips until at least the 6th September.  We can only offer the open group activities which are bookable online.

The Western Lake district is surprisingly close to a wonderful coastline and we have two fantastic accessible rivers which flow into an Estuary in the scenic village of Ravenglass, which as well as the area it is located - the English Lake District, Ravenglass in it's own right is a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to its History as an Important Naval Base for the Romans in the 2nd century.

The Journey will depend on the tidal times as the water in the Estuary disappears during low tide, but if you time it right you can take a relaxing journey from Ravenglass on the incoming tide and then once the tide turns, return to the village and enjoy a cake or cream tea in one of its Pubs or Cafes.

Activity Duration: 5 - 6 Hours.

Minimum Age: 14 Years.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Open Group Activities require adult supervision if under the age of 18.

Under 18's must have a parent taking part on our open group sessions.

Scroll down to see what specialist equipment is provided and what personal kit you will need to provide.

Open Group Activity Sessions
  • During the season we offer a programme of open activity taster sessions, you can join these as part of a group already running.
  • They are bookable online via the calendars on the activity page or via the book now menu tab at the top of the page.
  • These group sessions  will give you the full experience of the activity.
  • Please make sure you meet the age and required fitness criteria before making a booking.
  • If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to drop us an email via the enquiry tab on the menu at the top of the page.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Open Group Activities require adult supervision if under the age of 18.

Location is Wastwater - Please note we do not meet at West Lakes Adventure!

Multi-Activity Days

Why not try kayaking as part of a multi-activity day and combine with another activity for a fun packed full day of adventure.

What’s Included

Specialist equipment of the highest standard is included.

Equipment includes:

  • Kayaks and Paddles
  • Cagoul
  • Buoyancy aid

What to bring:

  • Something comfortable you don't mind getting wet, we provide a spray jacket.
  • Footwear you don't mind getting wet
  • Towel
  • Full change of clothing and dry footwear.
  • Snacks and drinks

Wetsuits are not provided as we mainly try to stay in the kayak, however they can be provided upon request prior to your activity day.

We advise you leave all expensive mobiles and camera's behind, however, will endeavor to capture your adventure with our waterproof cameras and send you a secured link to access them at no extra charge!

For enquiries please call us on 019467 23753

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West Lakes Adventure
Woolpack Farm
Eskdale Valley
Cumbria CA19 1TH

  019467 23753

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