Patriot kayak – Derwentwater is the closest of the Lake District Lakes to the town of Keswick. Located in the north of the Lake District National Park, Derwentwater offers pleasant canoeing and kayaking on patriot kayak or ducky inflatable kayak in a scenic situation with views towards Skiddaw the 4th Highest lake District mountain.
Derwentwater Kayaking on Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak
No permit is required to kayak with Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak on Derwentwater.
The lake is 4km long and there are several islands which are owned by the National Trust can be landed on and explored. It is not permitted to light fires or camp on the islands.
It is not permitted to land on Lord’s Island or Derwent Isle.
There is a voluntary agreement not to kayak on Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak in Great Bay, the large bay at the south end of the lake. The area between Strandshang Bay and the end of Lord’s Isle should also be avoided. This agreement is in place for wildlife protection.
Access to Kayaking on Derwentwater
The easiest access is from the National Trust car park at Kettlewell on the east side of Derwentwater towards the south end of the lake on the Borrowdale road.
The Theatre by the Lake pay and display car park is conveniently close to the centre of Keswick. There is a short porter to launch from a small beach.
The Derwentwater camping and caravanning site in Keswick has its own waterfront which residents of the site may use.
It is difficult to launch craft on the west side of the lake because the road rises up a few hundred feet away from the lake shore.
Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak Hire at Derwentwater and Keswick
There are three commercial operations in the Derwentwater and Keswick area who offer canoe and kayak hire by the hour or by the day
Derwentwater Marina in Portinscale on the north west tip of Derwentwater
Nichol End Marina also in Portinscale
Plattypus, at the south end of the lake adjacent to the Mary Mount Hotel.
Facilities for the Visitor Kayaking Derwentwater
The main centre for accommodation and restaurants near Derwentwater is the town of Keswick.
There are also several good hotels and bed and breakfasts in the Borrowdale Valley, including the Scafell Hotel and the Lodore Falls hotel.
The Shepherds Farm cafe just to the south of the Kettlewell car park is a favourite with climbers and boaters alike.
There are several campsites in the Borrowdale valley and the Derwentwater campsite in Keswick has its own lake shore access and launching.
The Youth Hostels Association has properties in Keswick and Borrowdale.
Other Kayaking Areas in the Lake District National Park
The Lake District National Park offers some of the finest flatwater kayaking on Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak in England. Other lakes where users may canoe and kayak include
Coniston Water. Swallows and Amazons Lake
Coniston Water and its surrounding area provided the inspiration for Arthur Ransome to write Swallows and Amazons. The lake was also the site of Donald Campbell’s fatal attempt on the water speed record in 1967. Bluebird, Campbell’s craft, was recovered from the depths of Coniston Water in 2001. Since then the Bluebird has been the subject of a meticulous restoration project, and the Lake District National Park Authority have recently agreed to temporarily lift the 10mph speed limit on Coniston water, to allow the Bluebird to be returned to the lake for a trail run, potentially in 2011.
Coniston Water Kayaking on Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak
One of the highlights of canoeing or kayaking on Coniston Water is a visit to Peel Island, perhaps better known as Wildcat Island, the summer campout of the Swallows and Amazons in the book “Swallows and Amazons” written by Arthur Ransome. For those who have read the book the island is exactly as Ransome portrays with a brilliantly concealed natural harbour and a raised upper platform to the island, which is even complete with the look out tree. It is easy to conjure the image of Roger, Titty, Susan and the others camping and swimming off the island.
To find the natural harbour of Peel Island paddle to the south side of the island and look for the gap behind the rock fin.
Camping and fires are not permitted on the island.
No permit is required to canoe or kayak on Coniston Water.
Access to Canoeing and Kayaking on Coniston Water
To access Coniston water from the village of Coniston the easiest point is from the end of Lake Road, adjacent to the Bluebird cafe, where limited but free car parking is available.
For independent canoeist and kayakers the best launch points are to be found on the east shore of Coniston Water. Following the road along the east shore there are a number of free parking areas where a short carry across the minor road leads to easy launch points. From many of these launch spots it is only a very short paddle across to Peel Island.
Patriot Kayak or Ducky Inflatable Kayak Hire on Coniston
There are two commercial outlets for canoe and kayak hire in the vicinity of Coniston water
Coniston Boating Centre which is on the outskirts of Coniston Village
Summit Treks in the centre of Coniston Village.
Facilities for the Visitor Canoeing or Kayaking on Coniston Water
Accommodation and restaurants can be found in the village of Coniston.
The Youth Hostels Association has two properties in the Coniston area one near the village centre and a second a little out of the village at the Coniston Coppermines.
Camping is available at Coniston Hall Campsite situated to the south of Coniston Village.