Take to the water on one of the many reservoirs, canals and rivers that dot the Derbyshire countryside.

The Peak District has a surprisingly large range of watersports to enjoy including sailing, canoeing and windsurfing.

Derbyshire has miles of man made reservoirs ideal for relaxing boat rides, sailing and more extreme activities such as water skiing and power boating! Take to the water at Carsington where you will find the very best in water activities. Staffed by professionals and amateur enthusiasts the centre, on the western side of the water offers a number of activities such as sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing. Elsewhere reservoirs such as Torside and Harold offer similar such activities.

Those looking for a slower pace of life could try navigating their way along the River Derwent in one of the boats that are available for hire in the town of Belper in the Amber Valley. It's a great way to spot wildlife and hopefully you will stay dry!

Read more about activities on the water below or click on `Browse cottages suitable for watersports' to view cottages that are close to some of these great activities.

Glossop Sailing Club

Situated on the shores of Torside Reservoir Glossop Sailing Club welcome non members to the special family sailing days where you can enjoy a relaxing day out on the water.

Watersports with Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Activities offer over 20 activities for the adrenaline junkies to have a go at.

River Gardens Boat Hire
River Gardens Boat Hire

A fantastic way to see the wildlife along the longest navigable stretch of river in Derbyshire. Look out for swans, Herons, Canada Geese and a variety of Ducks and Moorhens. The River is also teeming with fish!

Carsington Sports and Leisure

Situated on Carsington Water Carsington Sports and Leisure Centre provide training courses for the beginner right up to the professionals looking to improve on their skills.

Watersports with Moorland Adventure

Based in the beautiful Peak District, Moorland Adventure Limited specialise in all sorts of activities on and off the water.