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Thread: Cumbria camping, suggestions please for canoeing places

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    Default Cumbria camping, suggestions please for canoeing places

    Hi all
    Im after some help please!
    Were up the Lake District atm looking for lakes or rivers (grade 1-2 max) to canoe? Lakes wise something small ish or with plenty of islands to canoe around, not particularly interested in the very big lakes, something like wed be able to circumnavigate in about 4-5 hours maybe. And places where we could get out and spend some time on the sides for picnic/lunch breaks etc.
    Any help much appreciated
    Bill


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    Derwentwater, the upper and middle Derwent river and St Herberts Island would tick your boxes quite nicely I would suggest.
    I like canoes ......

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    Ummm!
    Thanks for the reply barelyafloat.
    Were actually not far away for that very lake
    Would you know of a place to put launch? And who we pay any fee to?
    Regards
    Bill


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    No launcing fees unless you use one of the marinas (private businesses). This can be quite a smart move as you do get to park your car there. Otherwise it would be the National Trust Kettlewell car park at the southern end for excellent access and easy parking.
    There is not much free parking anywhere in the Lakes, but I often park at the Ashness Bridge road end (only one spot) - bit of a work out getting boat to water but no parking charge.
    Last edited by barelyafloat; 23rd-August-2019 at 04:23 PM.
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    Wow thats fantastic information for us ThankYou very much for all your help, really appreciate it
    Well check that out Sunday morning
    Regards
    Bill


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    Thanks all for your info
    Couldnt get on Derwnent water due to the high numbers of tourists hiring boats out at marina launch, so we ended up on Bassenthwaite Lake, which was like a mill pond when we canoed it.
    Stunning place and a great canoe trip
    Thanks again
    Bill



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    Technically you need a permit to take any boat on Bassenthwaite Lake, but if you got away with it then what the heck!

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