What d’you mean, water sports?! The Peak District and Derbyshire is in the middle of the country isn’t it? Yes, true, we are rather landlocked here, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of water around. Our steep hills and deep valleys are absolutely perfect for reservoirs. Visit one of our reservoirs in the Peak District and Derbyshire where and you can take part in some great water sports, from kayaking and canoeing, to sailing and windsurfing. You can even take a speedboat out for a spin!
Popular water sports reservoirs are Tittesworth in the Staffordshire Moorlands, surrounded by the majestic, imposing rocky outcrop, The Roaches, and Staunton Harold in South Derbyshire, on the edge of the National Forest near the town of Swadlincote. But for the most varied amount of activities on offer it has to be Carsington Water where you’ll find everything to have a go at. There’s also a great restaurant on site, shops, visitor centre, and cycle and nature trails with bird hides to spot wildlife.
The River Derwent flows through the heart of Derbyshire right the way from the Upper Derwent Valley in the north down and through the city of Derby in the south. Some white-water kayaking activites, inclusing a slalom course can be tackled in the small, popular town of Matlock Bath. The steep sided valley carved out by the river is spectacular and you’ll be amongst the backdrop of the cable cars heading to the top of the Heights of Abraham.
Whatever you’re aquatic folly, you can sample it right here in the Peak District and Derbyshire.