If you are looking for the thrills and spills of the wet stuff then the picturesque Hope Valley is the perfect place to stay while you branch out into the wider Peak District and surrounding area to enjoy things like canoeing and kayaking and other sports and activities on water!
There are two main rivers that run through the Peak District; the River Noe and the River Derwent, plus a number of streams such as Peakshole Water, which flows through some of the prettiest villages in the Hope Valley.
PLEASE NOTE: The waterways of the Hope Valley are private and not open to the public but we are ideally located to take advantage of those in and around Matlock, as well as Tittesworth Reservoir, Carsington Waters, Coombs Reservoir, the Peak Forest Canal and other local open waters.
The Hollowford Centre in Castleton offers a range of outdoor activities for small groups. Advance booking is required. Call 01433 620377 or visit their website (below) for more information.
Edale YHA offer a wide range of sports and activities for group bookings, including canoeing, kayaking and raft building, with activities suitable for those aged 8 and over.
Those not quite confident in their abilities on the water or families with children can enjoy the calm and tranquil waters in a canoeing adventure. Navigate your way around river bends and glide effortlessly in still waters whilst admiring the glens and valleys you sail through. Of course it doesn’t have to be quite so relaxing if you fancy a bit more speed and surroundings to challenge your navigational skills! The great thing about canoeing in the Peak District is that you can tailor the course to your level. You can even go in as a group or individuals. Carsington Water is the ideal place for leisurely canoeing with full canoe hire or you can drop onto Tittesworth Reservoir and get on the water - no booking required.
Kayaks are a lot more versatile and can be used for whitewater kayaking or still water kayaking. The main difference between kayaks and canoes are the paddles and the sitting position of the paddler. Because they are so versatile it can take a little longer to master a kayak in comparison to a canoe and unlike a canoe, kayaks are generally one-manned.
So if you want a heart-racing, adrenalin-pumping, fast-moving water experience then kayaking is definitely for you! Basic training is required if you’ve never been in a kayak before, but if you’re a fully experienced kayaker then what are you waiting for? Experience the Peak District as never before in an amazing and challenging adventure that will take your breath away! Peak Activities are a good place to start for kayaking and other water sports.
Please note that Hope Valley Online is an information service and does not provide access to the waterways, or canoe or kayak hire, please click on the links below to be directed to local providers.
Why not book into a floating hotel, take an organised trip on the water or hire a boat and sail along the canals. Or eat in a boat restaurant or one overlooking our beautiful waterways. The Canal & River Trust is the perfect place to begin to plan your On The Water holiday.
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