Best places to go kayaking and canoeing
From open seas to meandering rivers and peaceful lakes, there are lots of places where you can go kayaking and canoeing. If you're looking to join a group or hire equipment for your own adventure, discover the top canoeing and kayaking spots.
- Aberdaron, Porth y Swnt
- Join in with an introductory kayaking session at Aberdaron and paddle your way along the coast. Each session is led by a qualified kayaking coach, who'll provide you with all the specialist equipment and make sure you're safe.Visit Aberdaron
- Brownsea Island, Dorset
- If you're camping at Brownsea Island, you can try out paddleboarding or kayaking as part of your stay. Or if you've got your own boat, kayak or paddleboard, you can explore the island and land along the South Shore.Visit Brownsea
- Fell Foot, Lake District
- With easy lake access, the park is ideal for paddling, swimming and boating. You can hire kayaks and rowing boats at Fell Foot Park and take in the views as you paddle.Visit Fell Foot
- Fowey Estuary
- Canoeing along the wooded creeks of the Fowey Estuary in Cornwall is a great way to explore the water. There are lots of places to launch your own canoe, or you can hire equipment and join a guided trip. If you take your time, you might spot wildlife such as kingfishers, otters and dolphins.Visit Fowey Estuary
- Minnowburn, County Down
- One of the best ways to experience Lagan Valley Regional Park is to float along the river in a canoe. Walk from Minnowburn along the tree-lined banks of the river until you reach Shaw's Bridge, where you can hire a canoe and continue your journey on the water.Visit Minnowburn
- Mullion Harbour, Cornwall
- The Lizard in Cornwall is a haven for all kinds of water sports. You can try out kayaking from Mullion Harbour with Lizard Adventure.Visit Lizard Point
- River Wey and Godalming Navigations, Surrey
- Explore this route along the river and canal at River Wey and Godalming Navigations. To complete this three-hour canoe trail, you need a current portable Navigations Licence or BCU membership.Visit River Wey and Godalming Navigations
- Salcombe Estuary, East Soar
- Paddle along the estuary to discover secret beaches and soaring cliffs. Book a taster or day trip and explore hidden coves, shipwrecks and a shore teeming with wildlife – all without ever having to leave your canoe.Visit the Salcombe Estuary
- Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
- Explore Stackpole by kayak to take in the landscape and nature reserve at your leisure. Launch your kayak at Stackpole Quay and paddle along the coast to discover sandy beaches and coves.Visit Stackpole
- Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland
- The waters of Strangford Lough provide many different landscapes for canoeists and kayakers to enjoy. Explore the largest sea lough in the British Isles to soak up unique views, spot marine wildlife and see the many islands dotted along this part of the coast.Visit Strangford Lough
- Studland Bay, Dorset
- This famous coastline of Purbeck is known for its miles of sandy beach, and the sea here is great for water sports too. Take to the water for views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.Visit Studland Bay
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