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What our clients say...

"Giving longer paddles (of a high standard) made it easier. One to one instructions and directions were given when needed and helped me loads. Thanks heaps, was a thoroughly enjoyable course even in the weather conditions.”

"Well delivered course well equipped. Very high standard, good range of different kit available. Instructors tailored specific facets of activities to individual needs."

"My boys really, really enjoyed your course. Peter is all fired up and planning canoe sailing. Knowing him he will probably have all kids at the club canoe sailing on the nearby lake this summer, and the boost in Paul’s self-belief is striking. So thank you very much".

"The day delivered exactly what I was after. Ian did very well given the constraint of operating within a single day. Ian was clearly aware of the intensity of 1:1 coaching and balanced the day well with short rest break in the middle. The choice of venue (Devil’s Bridge; Kirby Lonsdale on the Lune) was perfect. A great day. The coaching was delivered by Ian Adey who clearly has the technical skills and the personality."

"Lots of chats on the phone made it super clear what we needed and had Sean prepared for what was to come. Everyone had a really great time. Sean managed to keep the girls engaged and having fun the whole time, which was critical to the trip's success. Amazing boats and paddles. Zsuzsi came away wanting another boat! Found Sean a very knowledgeable and safe pair of hands on previous trip. Safe being the key thing. Overall, definitely. A perfect intro to family canoeing."

"Excellent coaching from Sean. Really good Covid infection control measures and procedures in place. Instructions were clear and concise with good demonstrations. Constructive feedback given during both days. We both developed our skills and made progress whilst feeling safe at all times. Sean's experience and local knowledge proved invaluable in identifying suitable locations due to fluctuating river levels."

"To take both of us on the Eden with really different levels of experience, ability and fitness and for us both to progress our skills (and stay in the boats) is testament to Sean's incredible coaching skills, experience and expertise. (And those seal launches were something else!!)"

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Adventures for Groups or Families

Let Wild River show you the beauty of the Lake District from a different view point. We can help with adventures for a day or a week. We can deliver an adventure package tailored to your particular needs. At Wild River we don’t do standard sessions, we deliver tailor made high quality outdoor adventures and experiences.

Family adventures Lake District

Below are some of the amazing things you could do. We can do all of this or any variation you wish. Have a look around our website to get some ideas and contact us to plan your ideal holiday. We can tailor the course to you specific needs. We can even allow plans to change as you gain more knowledge or the weather dictates different options.


Two day introduction to Paddleboarding

Use the first day to journey and gather skills on Ullswater. Spend the second day paddling an easy stretch of one of our local rivers. Have a look at our Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding page to get a better idea.

Four day introduction to paddling in different craft. Try the full range of paddle activities including:

  • Tandem or solo canoe paddling
  • Paddle the length of Ullswater in our amazing sea kayaks
  • Master the basics of paddleboarding
  • Play on easy rapids in white water kayaks
  • Maybe include a ghyll scrambling adventure in one of Cumbria’s amazing hidden gorges

Weekend Paddling Adventure

Learn to paddle white water kayaks and tackle the rapids of the rivers of Cumbria. This option is best done in the autumn and spring when we are more likely to get enough rain to allow the rivers to flow well. We can even do this in the winter - the drysuits we provide will keep you toasty warm all year round.

Canoe Skills

Develop the graceful skills of canoe paddling in some of the most beautiful venues in Britain. Paddle the large expanses of open water with ease or navigate a river journey through the sandstone gorges of the river Eden.

Perhaps include an overnight camp on a quiet beach or river bank. Sleep under the stars using our canoe tarps as shelter.  This can be done all year round.



One person £250 per day
Two people £300 per day
Three people £350 per day
Four people £400 per day



What we can provide alongside high quality instruction from the best coaches in the UK:

  • Whatever boat or board is right for your chosen activity
  • A drysuit to allow you to experiment without consequences
  • Appropriate paddle
  • High quality buoyancy and helmet
  • Dry bags to put your valuables in.
  • Equipment for overnight camps


Sea Kayaking Cumbria

Canoeing in Cumbria

Kayaking skills

Stand up paddleboarding Ullswater



Canoeing in the Lake District

Sea Kayak Trips



Paddlesport courses in the Lake District