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Platty + is a small friendly family run water sports centre.
The centre, equipped with changing and toilet facilities, is based on the shores of Derwentwater.
We offer a high standard of hire and tuition which includes powered safety boat cover.
We are experienced in dealing with individuals and groups, children and adults (including those with special needs), families with young children, corporate groups and school parties.

kevin kayak


Kayaking is an amazing way to experience total independence, in the stunning surroundings of Derwentwater. We use a range of touring kayaks, singles and doubles, ideal for use on the lake.

Ian the indian


Canoeing is an exciting way to enjoy the amazing scenery of Derwentwater, whether it is technical solo paddling or a gentle potter with family. Paddle in a solo, tandem, family, rafted or voyageur canoe.



All the cool dudes want to SUP. Stand Up Paddleboarding the latest “must do” sport available to everyone which does not need to involve falling in the water all the time.



A Chinese Long Boat for up to 20 people. With one of our experienced helmsmen the challenge is to get everybody paddling together, in time, that’s not as easy as it sounds!



We have sailing boats to offer everything from adrenalin fuelled excitement to a relaxing tootle. Experience the thrill of going solo or the comfort of sailing with family and friends.

Eric the Viking


This is your chance to live the fantasy adventure and sail like a Viking. Crew one of history’s most iconic boats in the stunning fjord land of the Lake District.

We also offer...

Raft Build | Powerboat | Voyageur






New Service – Online Booking

Platty+ educational events

To streamline our customers experience, you can now book online to: - Hire - Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards. Also tuition and guided tours - for individuals or...

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Spring 2021 opening 12th April

Hire Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards. Tuition or guided tours are available for individuals or groups of up to 5. We will open on a limited booking’s basis...

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R.Y.A. Powerboat Level 2 Course


New course date 22nd & 23rd March 2020 on Derwentwater two-day entry level course providing the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat R.Y.A. Powerboat Level 2...

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Hiring Staff for 2020

Platty + offers a unique opportunity to work in a wonderful environment and we are currently on the lookout for the right person to fill the post of seasonal...

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Well what can I say but we had a brilliant time yet again at Platty +.   The heavens opened but that didn’t dampen the high spirits of everyone. Time seems to go so quickly when you are having so much fun, and we didn’t want it to end.Headway North Cumbria ~ Stu Falder
Amazing morning dragon boating and canoeing with a big group aged 3 to 70+!
John was a fantastic guide and paddling coach!
So friendly and welcoming thank you!Leanne Shaw
Thank you so much for the Paddle Sport for Women and Girls “Come and Try”

Canoe Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Day

– it really was a great experience for everyone. The feedback I am getting is excellent.Cumbria Canoeists Regional Development Team ~ Sue Brighouse

We had a fantastic day with you and the children have come away with a raft of knowledge about the VikingsMaryport Junior School - Alex
We just wanted to say thank you so much again – for an amazing day that we spent on the water.
On the last night of our stay everybody agreed that was their favourite day of the holiday!
We’re looking forward to coming again. You can’t keep us away!
Looking forward to seeing you next year!Henry, Claire, Avery and Nora
Sue Brighouse is waxing lyrical about your support, outstanding deliver and help with our latest development project – Cumbria WaGs or possibly a new name of WaKs (women and kids).

As chairman of the RDT I just wanted to put on record our THANKS for helping Sue with her plans to develop a womens group in Cumbria, which seems to have gone from strength to strength this year and much of this is down to you and your staff, supporting and delivering a quality experience to the participants – at a reduced price, that also has not gone un-noticedMike Sunderland ~ Chariman ~ Regional Development Team ~ Cumbria ~ British Canoeing

Just to say a big thank you for the paddle boarding tuition.
We had a great time and will see you again.John Newhouse
I wanted to thank you and Ryan again for an excellent day.
Derwentwater is incredible and the activities really made the weekend!Andrew McDonald
We treated our two girls to an afternoons kayaking on Monday 6th August and would like to thank you all for a brilliant time. Niamh and Sophie were the girls in question and even after their experience they were still full of excitement. Emma, The Instructor who accompanied them was brilliant too, and made sure the girls got the most out of their two hour kayak sessionNiamh, Sophie, Russ & Bev
Thank you very much for dealing with our first sailing lesson during the recent half term in such a friendly, reassuring and professional manner.Chris
In the car on the way home from our holiday, some days after Platty+, Niamh and Sophie both rated Platty+ as the highlight of our trip and cant wait to come back next year.Russ
We always love going to Plattyplus, its such a perfect part of the world – always a highlight of our trips to the Lakes.Jane McDowell
We booked with you last summer and my family really enjoyed the experience.Angela Fenton
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