Why Us?

Whether on the water, in the forest or on the hill you are in the most capable hands so you can just relax, and enjoy your time with us.”


We take our responsibilities seriously at KCAB, from training and skills development with our guides and instructors, to developing best practice techniques of no trace adventure activities and low impact tourism. Our aim is to provide our customers with an informative, fun and rewarding experience, and to pass on the knowledge and skills to confidently enjoy the great outdoors in a low impact way.

We know that there is no substitute for experience, and that is why our guides and instructors are some of the most experienced outdoor professionals around, between just 4 of our regular guides there could be over eighty years of adventure know-how! Because we play together and train together this collective wisdom is shared and knowledge gained, we understand the value of experience, and we strive to deliver the highest quality experience to our clients.

To maintain the highest possible standard of delivery, we work with the most committed conservation and land management experts, including the Forestry Commission and the National Trust, as well as local land owners as part of our in house training program and continual review process.


The Lake District is a truly wonderful place and has inspired greats such as Wordsworth, Collingwood Tennyson and Coleridge. Alfred Wainwright, the famous hillwalker and author wrote that the jaws of Borrowdale at the head of Derwent Water is ‘the loveliest square mile in Lakeland’. It is also the setting for many of Beatrix Potter’s magical children’s tales and the birthplace of The National Trust. It is not by chance that we now have our office on the shores of Derwent Water. Popularity comes with a price however and with over 15.5 million visitors to the National park every year, there is an unavoidable impact on the environment. If we can help raise awareness of the importance and sensitivity of the outdoor environment, and pass on some simple skills to help enjoy them sensitively then these very special places will continue to inspire for many generations to come.

At our inception in 2010 our goal was to be the leading provider of Canoeing and Bushcraft activities in the Lake District, in 2021 our intention is to stay there.


Specialising in the activities that we offer means we deliver courses to the highest possible standard. Our highly knowledgeable and experienced guides deliver excellence and we set the benchmark for others to follow.

Our courses and activities have been endorsed by the Sunday Times, recommended by the telegraph and the rough guide to the Lake District and seen on ITV’s Rory Bremners great British views. We are also the only GO CANOEING tour provider in the north lakes and currently number 1 on trip advisor. In 2014 we provided consultancy and canoe safety cover for ITV’s Wild Britain series with Ray Mears showcasing our local Borrowdale valley.

We aim to achieve this by, continuing to develop our in house training programs, and by working with local land management and conservation organisations and land owners and by following and developing best practice guidelines and techniques in both low impact tourism and adventure activities.