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Paddling your own boat silently through the softly rippling waters of a small tarn, or large lake, is often at the top of most visitor's wish list.

We use open boats, or Canadian canoes as they're often affectionately known. More stable than kayaks, and designed for journeying, our boats are great for beginners and old hands alike.

High Borrans Tarn

For younger guests, and those who haven't paddled much before, we use our own private tarn (that's a little lake!). It's just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Centre, yet feels very remote and immersed in nature. Groups have often spotted herons, buzzards, otters and crayfish whilst out exploring. A true haven for wildlife.


For a bit more stability (and often a lot of fun!) the canoes can be lashed together to create a raft, a bit of a floating playground. This gives children the confidence to enjoy themselves and embrace a new experience.

Sessions often end up with a spot of jetty jumping for the brave, or paddling in the shallows for those who prefer something a little calmer. A great introduction to the craze of wild swimming!

As well as exploring the tarn, checking out the wildlife and jumping off the jetty, we also have canoe orienteering around the lake. A novel approach to the more traditional land based orienteering that we have in the grounds.  Who will be the first group to collect all the stamps and make it back to shore?

Windermere and Ullswater

For groups who are older, have a bit more confidence on the water, or just want to go for it, we travel off site to paddle on one of the famous bodies of water in the Lake District. Windermere and Ullswater are the favourites, and are also the closest to the Centre. 

Out on the water we can do longer canoe journeys, and even make a full day of it. Not forgetting the picnic of course. On sunny days there will be chances for swimming or a spot of cliff jumping. And sometimes even when it's not sunny!

Fun fact: There is only 1 lake in the Lake District! Do you know which it is?