Just to the west of the 3,000+ feet Helvellyn mountain, the Thirlmere reservoir provides an excellent opportunity to go paddling. Plus you could always double up, as it’s one of the popular walking sites in the Lake District. Paddle and hike anyone!
Thirlmere provides some of Manchester’s water supply, and at 3 miles long, it is a large lake also providing plenty to explore.
Surrounded by thick coniferous forest, the lake sits in the crevice, providing panoramic views as you paddle through the peaceful lake.
Remember, parts of the Lake District lakes can be quite exposed. As with lakes such as Windermere, ensure you’ve planned your route if you’re going touring on Thirlmere.