Water/ Lake Sports

There are over 50 reservoirs within the Peak District; many of them have facilities for canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Check out this list that we provided below and see which reservoirs you enjoy the most!

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How Stean Gorge

A Natural Playground

With a host of exciting and unique outdoor adventure activities on offer,  How Stean Gorge is one of the few places in the UK where you can do both water and rocks sports in one day. Take the plunge and abseil off our 45ft bridge into the waters below where you can scramble upstream over the unusual rock formations of the gorge. Discover what lurks beneath your feet and delve deeper into the Yorkshire Dales with a day of caving. Or perhaps you are on the hunt for an experience that’s unlike anything you’ve ever done before? See if you can handle our Via Ferrata – High Wire Course, which is one of only three in the UK. A session of open canoeing takes place in breathtaking scenery on a secluded Yorkshire reservoir. The Big 5 Adventure gives a taste in all 5 of these experiences in one day!

We have outdoor activities for all abilities and our fully-trained, helpful instructors are dedicated to giving you a memorable day full of adventure…. 


Rock Climbing • Caving / Potholing •  Ropes Courses •  Gorge Scrambling • Mountain Biking • Canoeing •  Abseiling • Mountaineering • Orienteering • Raft Building • Bespoke Adventure • Archery • Bushcraft
Uniquely structured activity courses and team building events, that accomplish the objectives you wish to achieve.

Rudyard Lake

There are facilities here for sailing, canoeing, dingy sailing, wind surfing and rowing boat hire. NB Rudyard Kipling was named after this lovely spot!
Rudyard, near Leek

  • 01538 306280

Combs Reservoir

Nr Whaley Bridge

  • 01298 814031

Damflask Reservoir

Damflask Reservoir

  • 0114 2342566

Dove Stone Reservoir

Dove Stone Reservoir

  • 01457 834353

Torside Reservoir


Toddbrook Reservoir

Whaley Bridge

  • 01663 750931

Tittesworth Water

Off Buxton Road (A53) , Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SW
Site open from 7.30am daily, Visitor Centre open from 10.00am daily (except Christmas Day). Closing times vary seasonally. Set in the heart of the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands, Tittesworth Water has something for everyone
Outside there’s a children’s play area for all ages, refreshment kiosks – serving snacks, ice cream and drinks, a sensory garden, 2 bird hides, 2 walks and copious amounts of grass to keep the kids happy. You’ll also find an undercover BBQ area, so the British weather needn’t spoil your fun and plenty of picnic tables dotted around the site.
In the Visitor Centre, we have a new redesigned shop, 80 seater restaurant, serving everything from bacon baps in the morning, Staffordshire Oatcakes for lunch and cream teas in the afternoon. The centre also houses award winning toilets, including disabled and baby change facilities. The visitor centre has easy access to all areas including disabled parking facilities and wheelchair access to picnic tables and play equipment.

Carsington Water

(Map Reference; SK240510)   Carsington water is situated c.12 miles northwest of Derby and 4 miles northeast of Ashbourne set in countryside on the edge of the Peak District. It is surrounded by pasture with hedgerows of hawthorn and mature woodlands & younger plantation. The northern area of the reservoir is a wildlife zone with limited access. The rest of the reservoir is used for sailing, angling, and other water sports.