31st Aug 2024
Canoe on Derwent

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.

If you are not able to book this trip then it is at full capacity. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list or have  group of friends, family or workmates that you wish to book on and we can look at booking a bespoke trip for your group. We run this ever popular trip several times a year.

Dates & Requirements

Next  Trip Dates: 31st Aug 2024 09:00 - 15.30

We welcome 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.

If you have a group of friends or  club then why not contact us to arrange a private booking.

Trip Description

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.


  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides who have run expeditions and adventures all over the world
  • Hire of drysuits is available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Craft, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!

Trip Itinerary

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


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada, Scotland, and some of the other coldest places the world can still offer moving water!

She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach and has over 10 years of paddling experience. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, and Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled all over the world, running waterfalls, long distance big-wave sea kayaking, and some of the most dangerous white water in the northern hemisphere.

BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland, Greece, and Europe.

Richard 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, 4-star canoe leader, and has completed his 4-star sea kayak training.


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