From turquoise waters to meandering rivers, the UK has plenty of canoeing destinations. Whether you live near the coast or not, there is always somewhere you can paddle. The variety is impressive to even experienced paddlers.
No matter what kind of paddle you like, Great Britain’s inland waterways, rivers, lakes, canals, and seas will keep you fascinated all year round. You are in the perfect position to plan something exciting to look forward to over the holiday season.
Here are 4 great routes for canoeing in UK:
- Lake District and Derwentwater Foreshore: In case you have decided to visit Lake District, you are in for an amazing experience. The best place to start would be Keswick, a small market town. Those without their own gear can rent everything at the Keswick Lakeside shop, just five minutes from the town centre. There are no technical skills required to explore the surrounding area of Lake District thanks to its calm, flat waters. Overall, the area is well developed, which means that there are plenty of parking spaces, picking grounds, restaurants, and accommodations.
- Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary in Devon: You can paddle in the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary on a summer morning and take in the wildlife. It is best to set off in mid-tide if you want to explore all the hidden treasures of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary. You can also practice new skills at both North and South Sands if you are just starting to learn canoeing. Alternatively, you are welcome to find a guide at any of the water sports centres that are located around the estuary.
- Studland Bay and Dorset Jurassic Coast: By its looks and tranquil waters, Studland Bay in Dorset might be the only place in England that can be compared to the Mediterranean. In addition to paddling in the area, be sure to visit Fort Henry – an impressive 27-metre tower where King George VI and Winston Churchill determined the fitness of their troops in preparation for the D-Day landing on the beach below the fort. Another point of interest you might want to see is Old Harry Rock. This formation is similar to the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia.
- River Wey and Wey Navigations in Surrey: This is the only human-built kayaking and canoeing trail on this list. The road, which stretches from Guildford to the Thames at Weybridge, is 15 and a half kilometres long and was built in the 17th century as a “highway” to London. The canals are a great way for those looking to discover Surrey to enjoy an easy paddle.
As moving the paddle through the water requires a substantial amount of effort, canoeing is a great form of exercise. It elevates your heart rate and keeps it up while accelerating the canoe. With Beyonk, you can discover the abundant wildlife and stunning scenery in England’s bays and waterways!