Best places to kayak and canoe

Kayaking in the sea off Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset

From aquamarine seas, meandering rivers and glittering lakes, the places we look after offer exhilarating kayaking and canoeing experiences. You can join a group or hire the boats and kit you'll need for your own adventure. Here's a guide to our top canoeing and kayaking spots.

Canoes and people on Derwent Water beach, Keswick

Derwent Water 

Derwent Water, also known as ‘Queen of the Lakes’ is nestled in the idyllic Borrowdale Valley. You can explore the islands on your own vessel or rent boats from hire centres around the lake.

A close up low angle of paddleboarder on the water


Paddleboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking are among the exhilarating watersports on offer in Exmouth. Beginners can learn from qualified instructors and equipment can be hired by those confident enough to go it alone. Catch waves and navigate glittering lakes.

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