The many reservoirs constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century provide the perfect venue for sailing within dramatic landscapes.
There are a number of different sailing clubs in the North Pennines based on Grassholme and Derwent Reservoirs and at Talkin Tarn. All are open to new members. Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club and Teesdale Sailing Club (based at Grassholme Reservoir) offer a variety of Royal Yachting Association approved sailing courses. Visiting sailors with the own craft are also welcome at both reservoirs provided they have third party insurance and they pay the day sailing fee.