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Canoeing

Whether it’s a sunny day paddle on the flat shimmering water of a lake, or even down a white-water river route, canoeing is a very popular activity for the whole family, and is accessible for (almost) all ages and abilities. Many places across the UK run guided paddling sessions, courses and equipment hire, so wherever you are, there’ll be plenty of  opportunities to jump in an open canoe and try it out for a day.

Canoeing is a recreational boating activity and has many similarities to kayaking. The main difference is that canoeists traditionally kneel in their boat whilst using a single bladed paddle to propel themselves forward. However, more commonly now participants sit facing forward in an open deck canoe. From simple touring on placid water to more challenging white-water descents and coastal challenges, the UK has something to suit all levels of abilities.

Canoeing guides in the UK

Most providers will offer guided trips with all the equipment you need, although some will offer canoe and equipment hire for self-guided trips too.

  • Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing

    Adventure North West

    West View Hoghton Lane, Preston PR5 4ED

    Adventure North West is an outdoor adventure and activities operator located near The Lake District.

    They offer canyoning, climbing, canoeing and kayaking for groups of all abilities.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided alongside various accommodation, catering and transport options.

  • Gorge Walking, Coasteering, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing

    My Adventure

    MY Adventure, West Harbour Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    My Adventure is an outdoor adventure and activities operator located near Edinburgh in Scotland.

    They offer canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing and kayaking for groups of all abilities alongside a variety of technical courses.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided alongside catering and transport options.

  • Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Climbing, Mountain Biking

    In Your Element

    In Your Element Scotland, Inverness, United Kingdom

    In Your Element is an adventure and activities operator with various locations in Scotland.

    They offer canyoning, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking for groups of all abilities alongside a variety of technical courses.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided.

  • Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Coasteering, Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking

    Northern Outdoor

    NE70 7JT

    Northern Outdoor is an adventure and activities operator located in Northumberland.

    They offer canyoning, climbing, coasteering, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking for groups of all abilities alongside a variety of technical courses.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided alongside a range of accommodation and catering options.

  • Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking

    West Lakes Adventure

    West Lakes Adventure, United Kingdom

    West Lakes Adventure is an outdoor adventure and activities operator located in the Lake District.

    They offer canyoning, canoeing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking for groups of all abilities alongside a variety of technical courses.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided alongside a range of accommodation and catering options.

  • Gorge Walking, Coasteering, Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking

    Mynydd Outdoor Adventure

    Lletai House, Glanyrafon Road, Pencoed, Bridgend CF35 5PR, United Kingdom

    Mynydd Outdoor Adventure is an outdoor adventure specialist located near Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales.

    They offer canyoning, coasteering, climbing, canoeing and kayaking for groups of all abilities.

    Equipment and professional instruction are provided.

Canoeing Inspiration

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