River Kayaking in the Peak District - Stag & Hen Adventures in Derbyshire | HDK

Dive into Derbyshire's Beauty: Kayak the River Derwent

Half day
Minimum participants
Maximum participants
Discounts available
On bookings of 25+ people
At a glance

Professional kayaking Instructors to ensure your upmost safety
Bouyancy aids
Wetsuit hire and helmets all year round
Free transport back to the starting point
Located in pretty Peak District countryside

Wet Suits Provided
Safety Helmets Provided
Good Pub Close By
Ideal for Stags
Ideal for Hens
More Activities On Site
Free Car Park
£69 per person
Derbyshire's River Derwent: The Ultimate Kayaking Journey for Stag & Hen Parties

Unleash Adventure with Peak District Kayaking: The Ultimate Derbyshire Experience

Why Derbyshire’s River Kayaking is a Must-Do:
Dive into the heart of the Peak District with a kayaking escapade that’s perfect for stag parties, hen do’s, friend groups, and families visiting Derbyshire. Immerse yourself in nature, test your paddling skills, and create memories to last a lifetime!


Embark on a Journey along the River Derwent:
Set out from the iconic River Derwent in the Peak District. We promise an experience that your group will rave about for years to come. Jump into our specially designed 2-seater kayaks, crafted explicitly for aquatic adventures and exhilarating rides.


Traverse 66 Miles of Nature’s Best, 4.5 Miles at a Time:
The majestic River Derwent stretches across 66 scenic miles of the Peak District. Your thrilling adventure will take you through an immersive 4.5-mile stretch between Darley Dale and Matlock Bath, segmented into two unforgettable sections:

The Upper Derwent Exploration:
Kickstart your adventure from a local pub’s parking lot, then delve deep into Derbyshire’s splendid countryside. Glide beneath the sprawling hills and navigate the river’s playful bends. This initial segment offers an excellent opportunity to sync up with your kayaking partner, honing your skills for the more challenging waters ahead. Excitement is about to notch up!

The Daring Descent of the Lower Derwent:
Brace yourself for the legendary Derwent rapids! Maintain your focus through the exhilarating low-grade whitewater, tackling iconic challenges like the Flip Bridge and Town Falls. For the bold-hearted, we offer a heightened adrenaline surge. But be wary – a wrong move and the fishes might just get a new playmate!


One of the route’s gems is the unique view of Matlock. As you navigate the “Wind Tunnel,” don’t forget to raise your eyes to the renowned High Tor Cliff, where avid rock climbers showcase their prowess. The journey concludes in Matlock Bath, where cheerful onlookers from bridges and pathways might just cheer on your riveting display.

Relax and Recharge:
Once the adventure concludes, our trusty mini-bus awaits, ready to transport you back to where the journey began.


What’s Included:

Guided Kayaking Experience: Expert guidance throughout your adventure to ensure safety, enjoyment, and a memorable experience.
Specialised Equipment: Our top-of-the-line 2-seater kayaks, are designed for both fun and safety.
Safety Gear: Helmets, life vests, waterproofs and paddles, ensuring your safety remains our top priority.
Transportation: Convenient mini-bus transport to take you back to the starting point after your kayaking adventure.
Memorable Snapshots: Capture the day’s excitement with group photos at key spots. We’ll also be taking some action shots of your group as you make your way down the river.
Local Insights: Learn more about the River Derwent, its history, and the surrounding areas of the Peak District and Derbyshire.


What to Bring with You:

Appropriate Attire: Lightweight, quick-drying clothing suitable for water activities. Avoid cotton as it remains wet and can get chilly. Swimwear is ideal.
Sturdy Footwear: Closed-toed water shoes or old trainers. Avoid flip-flops or open sandals.
Change of Clothes: Bring a dry set for after the adventure, ensuring you remain comfortable.
Waterproof Bag: For personal items like wallets, keys, and phones. While we strive for a dry journey, water splashes are part of the fun!
Towel: To dry off after the ride.
Sun Protection: Waterproof sunscreen, hats, and UV-protective sunglasses.
Water Bottle: Stay hydrated!
Snacks: Energy bars or light snacks for added energy if needed.
Personal Medication: If you require any personal medication, e.g., inhalers, EpiPens, please bring them with you.
Positive Attitude: Be prepared for fun, laughter, and a splash or two!

Gear up for an unforgettable adventure on the River Derwent! We can’t wait to have you onboard.

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Early December we undertook a stag do booked through Hard Days Knight (HDK). Greg and the team there made the whole experience as easy and seamless as possible, helping us book amazing accommodation in Belper for 13 people and then finding us fantastic activities to fill the stag. Greg was a pleasure to wok with being friendly and understanding as our plans shifted around a bit and organised a shooting experience and pub tour for the stag both of which went down amazingly. The shooting experience as a fun filled morning of competition and laughs then the pub tour took us to some fantastic pubs, with great choices of beer and food. We'd all be happy to do the tour again and see what other pubs Greg would find for us! Through HDK we had transport to and from the activities sorted and it made the weekend flow so smoothly. I can't thank HDK enough for making it such an easy experience and I'd recommend them to anyone looking to organise a Stag or similar event. Thank you so much :)

December 2023

First of all would love to say thank you to greg and the team from the start right up to the end they was always helpful and never to busy to help. We booked a stag weekend with them that consisted with a log cabin, quad biking and a zombie experience the whole group had an amazing time so much that we are now looking at doing it yearly (after convincing the wives). So Thank you to HDK for an amazing stag weekend that was planned by yourselves. Ben

October 2023

I used HDK for my sisters hen do. If you want hassle free please and organisation, use Hard Days Knight was effortless . I just picked where and when and what activities we wanted and it was all organised for us. Very very helpful and accommodating couldn’t do enough, was a pleasure. Answered any questions kept in touch.

September 2023