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The Best Areas Around The UK To Go Canoeing & Kayaking

March 20, 2023
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Looking to go canoeing & kayaking? Insuremy has the perfect guide of all the secret and best spots for you to have your next adventure!

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Ready to take on more canoeing and kayaking adventures this year? The similar pursuits have become increasingly popular among adrenaline seekers and nature enthusiasts, looking to explore new waters and experiences.

There are plenty of paddling locations to choose from here in the UK, but which areas are worth the trip when it comes to Canoeing and Kayaking? We’ve put together a list of the best spots to visit, so your journey isn’t a waste done.

Derwent Water, Lake District

A glistening lake with mountainous views, Derwent Water is one of the most popular spots for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. Its sheer size and openness, along with its idyllic backdrops, makes it a must-visit location for nature lovers. Once the lake has been fully explored, there are plenty of other places to enjoy close by, including Lake Windermere, Ullswater, and Coniston Water, to name a few!


National White Water Centre, Snowdonia/Eryri

Each year, the area of Snowdonia in North Wales is flocked by locals and tourists looking to bask in everything the welsh countryside has to offer. The National White Water Centre is a great place to visit if you’re a more experienced paddler, or even if you’re looking to learn the ropes. There are plenty of activities to choose from on the River Tryweryn too, such as a rafting safari and white water rapid riding in giant dinghies. Featuring a five star rating on TripAdvisor, the popular dam-controlled river means there is almost always enough water to paddle on.

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Famous for its fossils and picturesque views, The Jurassic Coast of Dorset is a paddling haven for those who would rather swap rivers for coastlines. The great arch of Durdle Door is not to be missed, but neither is the rest of Lulworth Cove where it’s located. For fossil chasers, there is also a small museum that’s worth a visit, celebrating Dorset’s rich history and fossil finds over the years.


Lizard Penninsula, Cornwall

The golden coastlines and glorious clifftops of Cornwall make it one of the best destinations to visit for Canoeing and Kayaking in the UK. It’s not just the scenery that makes this a watersport hub either, the swell that can be experienced here is like no other, making it a popular spot for long-time kayakers and surfers. One of the most visited locations for kayaking is on The Lizzard Penninsula, due to its stunning views. This is where Kynance Cove can be discovered - an ideal location for sea kayaking, where you can enjoy unspoiled coves, seal watching and even catch fish.


Swanton Morley, Norfolk

River Wensum, which is the largest chalk stream in England, can be joined once you get to the picturesque village of Swanton Morley - a prime Kayaking spot. Purified by the chalk bedrock, the river is the perfect environment for exploring by kayak or canoe. Here, you will find regular lessons and open sessions for those who are keen to get back to basics.

The Norfolk countryside has lots to offer following your paddle too, with Foxley Wood, one of Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodlands close by. A short walk through the enchanting meadows will allow you to get even closer to nature and its wildlife, including beautiful butterflies and Spotted Woodpeckers.


River Thames, London

One of the most unlikely spots for Kayaking is the River Thames. This is a great way to soak up the sights, such as the London Eye and The Tower of London, without it making your feet hurt. This is a refreshing new way to see the city and it’s great for beginners, with experienced guides on hand when you book an organised trip through the likes of The London Kayak Company. If you’re thinking about making this a family occasion, kayaking on The River Thames is the ultimate group activity.  


River Allen, Northumberland If it’s adrenaline you’re seeking, then The River Allen in Northumberland is where you need to venture to. The short, but exciting river is a well-known playground for experienced kayakers. White water kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and this particular stretch of water has something to offer around every bend. The majority of the river has a grade three rating, whilst some more technical areas go up to four, so this really is a location for enthusiasts who feel confident in the water and their abilities.


Whether it’s a more adventurous destination or a peaceful spot you’re looking for, it’s important to ensure you have canoe and kayaking insurance before you set off. Watersports can be unpredictable, and so can the UK weather. Protect your equipment from any unfortunate mishaps and ease your mind before you paddle.


Once you're protected, explore the variety of tides and scenery offered by the beautiful canoeing and kayaking locations dotted around the country.

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