River Derwent in Cumbria

River Derwent in Cumbria

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Grade: 2 (3)

The River Derwent in Cumbria is a relatively short river and a popular spot for whitewater paddlers. There are several sections of grade 1-2+ rapids all along the river.

It rises in the heart of the Lake District and flows generally North West in a curve. From its source it flows through Derwentwater and then through Bassenthwaite Lake.

The River Derwent in Cumbria then continues to Cockermouth where it joins the River Cocker, before flowing past historic buildings and gardens in Workington and then into the Irish Sea.

It is also a very popular fishery. Care must be taken with respect to anglers. Pass anglers with as little noise and disturbance as possible whether this is a fishing match or an individual angler.

River Derwent in Cumbria paddling conditions

Classed as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the River Derwent is a wonderful place to paddle but help conserve and protect the environment. Take into account seasonal changes in water conditions.

Between the 1st November and 31st December, paddlers are advised to only paddle the Derwent when the river reaches the white painted lines on markers at Portinscale Foot Bridge (on East foundation under bridge, NY 253238)315247 ). This is to protect the special environmental qualities of the river.