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Kayaking in The Peak District

River Derwent, Matlock

• White water kayaking on the River Derwent
• Go gentle on a tour or ride the rapids
• Solo and tandem inflatable kayaks available
• Full tuition with sessions hosted by a guide

What's Included

  • Two hour kayaking session in the stunning Peak District
  • Welcome and safety briefing by your BCU kayak guide
  • Tandem or single person kayaks are available
  • Vouchers are valid for your choice of either a kayaking tour or the rapids!
  • Please allow around two hours for this experience
  • All equipment is provided
  • Vouchers must be purchased for a minimum of two people
  • You will form a group of up to 8 participants
  • Kayak for 7 miles of Derwent water between Darley Dales and Matlock Bath
  • Paddle through beautiful Derbyshire countryside on the upper sections before taking on the small grade white water on the Derwent rapids
  • This session will introduce you to the basics of white water paddling
  • Paddle to the Matlock Slalom course and take on the rapids!

What Can I Expect

Go kayaking in the Peak District and paddle your way along the Derwent! If you're looking for some fun on the flowing waters, these white water kayaking sessions in the Peak District certainly hit the spot. You can opt for a rapids experience or a more relaxed tour outing - both with stunning scenery as a bonus.

The Derwent waters you'll be kayaking on have their source way up in the hills of the Peak District. The clear waters run along past Bakewell, Matlock, Belper and Derby itself, before joining the River Trent. These are some of the most scenic stretches of water for kayaking in the Peaks.

This Peak District crew has a fleet of rugged, inflatable solo and tandem kayaks for your experience. Thanks to their side tubes, they are really stable and very easy to manoeuvre too, making them a great choice for beginners. And indeed, for River Derwent water kayaking you don't need any experience. On the other hand, if you have had some paddle time already, there's plenty to keep you entertained here too -especially on the rapids session.

The centre is run by a husband and wife team who are brilliant at what they do. Having a fun and entertaining guide out on the water with you is what can really make these white water kayaking sessions memorable, with plenty of giggles. They'll encourage you to get wet (but only if you want to) and if a quick jump in the water to float alongside the kayak takes your fancy, then you can!

As well as all that's happening with you and your kayaks, keep an eye out for other Derwent water residents such as mallards, moorhens, wagtails and even kingfishers. They've all been spotted along these kayaking routes.

So, whether you want to paddle furiously and feel the spray in your face, or just want a gentle meander along the river to take in all the nature and views on the way, kayaking in the Peak District has it all. And with wet suits available to hire to keep you warm, you can kayak along the Derwent all year round - as long as the water's not frozen!


• Available on selected weekday and weekend dates throughout the year


• Raft from the River Derwent at Station Road, Matlock, Derbyshire
• Transport is provided back to the departure point

Suitable For

• Minimum age 6
• All under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
• Maximum weight 22 stone
• All participants must be able to swim and feel confident in open water
• A minimum of two vouchers must be purchased for this experience


• Spectators are welcome to watch the departure