Canoe or Kayak Matlock

Join us for an exciting experience canoeing and kayaking along the Derwent River, with a very friendly and enthusiastic team of guides. It is the perfect river for an introduction to moving water skills.

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Canoeing Grade 1 Water on Derwent
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £50
DATE: 23rd Oct 2021, 26th March 2022, 27th March 2022 (1-day)
REQUIREMENTS: All abilities, however, you need to have some experience of paddling a kayak or canoe. Feel free to contact us to discuss further as we can help bring your skills up to speed.

Trip Overview

The perfect combo of a stunning river trip combined with professional coaching. Enjoy your lunch on the river bank mid way. Lock in white water skills by the end of the day. This is a great trip to develop skills before some of our bigger trips and expeditions.


Schedule for the day

The day is the perfect blend of paddling time on the water. We start upstream at Darley Dale joining the water near the Square and Compass PH. The first few miles are a perfect intro to moving water skills with twists and turns as the river winds its way towards Matlock. The faster flowing sections allow you to learn the essential foundation skills of white water with breaking in, breaking out, ferry gliding and manouvering on moving water under the expert eye of our coaching team. The river arrives at Matlock where we paddling under the town bridge and battle the small rapid there.

Its then a non stop series of small bends, fast moving sections and small drops to hone your skills. The River Derwent now takes on a gorge paddle with towering cliffs on the left hand side. We finish the journey just above Matlock white water slalom course. This is the perfect opportunity to practice skills on the fastest section with several hundred metres of pools, waves and rapids. Its the perfect end to a great day spent learning on one of Britain's best intro rivers.

Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail.


Group in Canoes at MatlockRiver Trip in Canoe on in MatlockSolo Canoe in MatlockYellow Canoe Under Bridge in Matlock

What's Provided

Expert tuition from professional experienced guides
Hire of drysuits is available on a first-come-first-served basis
Canoes, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, and safety equipment

What You Will Need to Bring

 Personal Kit  A Sense of Humour!

Meet Our Guiding Team

Ashley Kenlock ProfileAshley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada in Ontario and Manitoba and has over 10 years of paddling experience. She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach. Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Calum SteelCalum Steel

Scottish born and bred! Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors. Calum is a Moderate Water Endorsed Coach. He has paddled all over the world, BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. He has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland.

Richard HarphamRichard Harpham

Richard has completed human-powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home. Richard has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, Moderate Water Endorsed Coach, canoe leader, sea kayak leader and has completed his Advanced Canoe Leader training. Richard is a British Canoeing tutor for FSRT, paddle sports instructor and Open Water SUP leader.