Lakeland Paddle Challenge

A tough challenge paddling over 36km within 12 hours!

Our Lakeland Paddle Challenge is one of the best challenges the Lake District and you will paddle the 3 largest Lakes: Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston in under 12 hours. The canoes can be rafted together to form a very stable platform, we also have our own sails which means we can use nature to our advantage if the wind is blowing in the right direction. We are also able to make this challenge harder for you (only if you wish) by making you mountain bike between the lakes, making it a truly self propelled journey from start to finish. You will be accompanied by qualified instructors who will be on hand to help out should you need it. If you have never paddled a canoe before – don’t worry as full instruction and guidance will be given immediately prior to starting the challenge.This event is aimed at complete beginners through to experienced paddlers.

  • Coniston Water 8km
  • Windermere 16.8km
  • Ullswater 12km

Total Distance: 36.8km

We recommend that in the lead-up to this challenge, participants work on building up their stamina with weekly cardio-vascular exercise of a minimum of 1 hour per day, 5 days per week to build up their upper body strength. We can help you prepare for this event – for  information about our pre-selection / training day click here.


Arrival Day

Check into your accommodation in Ambleside, Coniston, Keswick or Windermere followed by early evening team briefing.

Second Day

Leg 1 – Start from Coniston village and paddle length of Coniston Water transferring by minibus to south end of Windermere.

Leg 2 – Paddle length of Windermere transferring from north end to Glenridding.

Leg 3 – Paddle length of Ullswater finishing at Pooley Bridge.
Overall Distance 36.8km, Target time 12-14 hours.

Key Information

  • Advance booking required, minimum 8 weeks notice
  • Minimum group size 8, or reduced number by prior arrangement
  • Bring your outdoor clothing – warm, lightweight base/intermediate layers
  • Bring a waterproof jacket and overpants 
  • We have First Aid and emergency equipment and are qualified to use it
  • Meeting point is Ambleside, Keswick or Windermere 
  • We can arrange transfers from Oxenholme or Penrith Station if required

Package Includes

  • One day canoeing with experienced and licenced guides
  • Accommodation for two nights
  • Breakfasts and packed lunch
  • Training guidance information
  • Personal kit list and advisory service
  • Canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles 
  • Cag jacket can be provided on request
  • Support transport as required
  • 2-way radio communication – all staff
  • Cotswold Outdoor Discount Voucher – – 15% discount
  • Photographic highlights of your event uploaded to Dropbox
  • Local information plus second to none service with passionate staff!

Duration: 1 Day

Activities: Open canoeing

Suitable for: Private or corporate teams looking for a charity fundraiser, personal development and/or team building event.

Comments: Excellent event suitable for the novice or those with limited canoeing experience! 

Prices from: £250

Call: 017687 75337

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Package Prices


From £275

Guest House – bed & breakfast + packed lunch
15% off Cotswold voucher
Head torches and Trekking poles included
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Hostel – bed & breakfast + packed lunch
15% off Cotswold voucher
Head torches and Trekking poles included
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Hotel – bed & breakfast + packed lunch
15% off Cotswold voucher
Head torches and Trekking poles included
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