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Lake District Canoe Hire

Open canoeing is most popularly recognised as a leisurely outdoor activity which enables people to explore waterways, and in the Lake District and Cumbria they are the meandering rivers and scenic lakes that shape the region.  Canoeing can either be a relaxing experience on flat water or an adrenaline filled adventure down a white water river.  Whatever you seek from open canoeing it is important to get the equipment that has been supplied by the experts, by that we mean people who use it day in, day out and are well accustomed to spending time on the water.  Kayak For Hire is based in the Lake District but can provide canoe hire to people travelling throughout the UK providing great quality canoeing gear.  We believe that the technology and development of today is so good at keeping you warm and comfortable that you shouldn’t have to compromise on your equipment.

Why a Canoe?

Open canoes are perfect for novices and using for a family outdoor activity due to the simplicity of the design and the minimal amount of training needed for that first canoeing experience.  Open canoes were originally designed for carrying supplies and large amounts of equipment along rivers and lakes.  The ‘open top’ design that allows this therefore means you aren’t enclosed in a cockpit and instead you are free to move around in the ‘bathtub’ like shape.  The design makes the canoe very flexible, whether you are looking for a one day experience or a canoeing expedition with several days out on the water, and therefore lots of provisions.

When a sturdier vessel is required, whether it is for windy conditions, to encourage water confidence or even a spot of canoe sailing, boats can be rafted together to create a catamaran style set-up before journeying out onto the water.

Other Things To Consider

Delivery and collection

Kayak For Hire offers a delivery and collection service throughout the Lake District and Cumbria when transporting canoes yourself isn’t practical, and we also give tips and advice on paddling and where to go so that you get the most out of your experience.   Click here for more information and prices on canoe delivery.


If you feel you would like more in depth professional instruction prior to hiring, Kayak For Hire has friendly and experienced instructors that can develop and improve your canoeing skills and make sure you feel confident and at ease before you set off on your own adventure.  Click here for more details on canoe instruction Lake District.

Additional Equipment and Prices

As well as Lake District canoe hire we provide a large variety of equipment to help make your canoe experience a positive one including buoyancy aids, paddles, dry bags and camping equipment and our staff are on hand to assist with advice on how to correctly use the equipment. Click here for more information on our canoe hire Lake District equipment and rental prices.

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