BSO Derwent River Safari


Explore the Peak by open canoe. Over thousands of years the River Derwent has carved its path through the heart of the Peak District. Kitted up and ready to go you’ll be paddling an open canoe along one of the most beautiful sections of this amazing river. As you drift with the flow you’ll pass grazing animals on the flood plains, the high chimneys of the mills that revolutionised UK industry before feeling dwarfed by towering limestone cliffs.

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What to Expect:

A minibus will provide you with a return journey to the Derwent where you will collect your canoe and hit the water.

How exciting you make the trip on the day will be up to you. If you are happy to float along silently you’ll come face to face with the flora and fauna of the River Derwent. However if you enjoy being in the water as much as the boat you’ll be taught basic boat handling skills through games and activities throughout the journey.

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What to Bring:

- Suitable clothing that you are happy to get wet
- A towel (just in case)
- Snacks and water
- A sense of adventure

All canoeing equipment is provided.

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Essential Information:

Minimun Age: 6 (under 16s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult)
Course Provider: Thornbridge Outdoors
Student / Instructor Ratio: 10:1
Location: River Derwent
Transport: Return minibus transfers from Thornbridge Outdoors included
Meeting Times & Logistics:
Please meet at the School of Adventure Meeting Point at least 10 minutes before the course starting time to find your guide and ensure a timely departure. Any delay in departure will shorten the group’s experience so latecomers will be left behind.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require more information about the course or the Big Shakeout Festival, please get in touch.

Can I book a School of Adventure activity without a weekend pass?

No. You must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket to participate in any School of Adventure Activities. Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket will be cancelled and refunded.

What about Covid?

The Big Shakeout Festival and all courses will operate in line with the latest government restrictions. If the festival or a course cannot be run due to Covid restrictions, full refunds will be issued.

Will School of Adventure courses still go on if the weather is bad?

We will do everything we can to make sure your chosen activity goes ahead, however in some circumstances a course may have to be cancelled due to weather or lack of numbers. In these cases we will either offer you a place on an alternative activity or refund.

Will I receive a ticket for this course?

You will receive an email confirmation with an order reference number upon completing your order. Your order number is your unique reference number, bring it along with you and present it at along with your name at the School of Adventure Meeting Point.