Eden Outdoor Adventures





Canoe/kayak the Middle River Derwent


This river joins Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District. It is a great introduction to canoeing on rivers. The river offers few obstacles but has some nice shingle rapids and the odd tree hazard. The river passes through farmland with great views of the surrounding mountains making it a trip to remember. We start on Derwentwater where we get used to the canoes before entering the River Derwent. We even have time to stop for tea and cake at Nicol End Marina if you want. From there the river provides us with a great trip with fantastic views and the opportunity to stop from time to time to admire them. The trip ends just short of Bassenthwaite Lake with a short portage back to your car. So why not head down this great little gem and have an adventure?



This trip is aimed at people with experience of canoeing on flat water. However, we make a day of it and learn some skills on Derwentwater in the morning and then paddle the river in the afternoon.


Covid-19 Information

It is very important to us to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. During this pandemic we will exclude participation by those who have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, or have been in a household/had contact with someone who has displayed symptoms in the last 14 days. Eden Outdoor Adventures believe that it is not unreasonable nor would it be considered an act of discrimination to exclude someone on the grounds of Covid-19 transmission at this time. People/groups that are excluded will be offered to re-schedule or be given a full refund.

As all our activities are provided on a bespoke basis we will continue not to mix groups together. We will offer activities to individuals, couples and families from the same household. We will also work with groups of up to 4 people from different households where we are able to social distance. This is in line with Government, our National Governing Bodies and Outdoor Industry Body guidelines.

Eden Outdoor Adventures has carried out Covid-19 risk assessments for all its operations and has put in place measures to help keep everyone safe at this time. We will continue to review these in light of any new guidance. A copy of our Covid-19 risk assessment can be found on the Covid-19 page.


Cost for the full day trip with a skills session on Derwentwater in the morning:

2 people                    £170

Per extra person         £45 

Maximum group size of 4 people from different households


Contact us to book


What is Included

A qualified BCU coach to guide you down the river

Use of canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and all safety equipment

What is Excluded

Food and drink - we can arrange this and have a number of options, or you can organise your own food

Personal clothing - a kit list will be sent to you on booking

end faq

middle Derwent 1

middle Derwent 2