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Canoeing and Kayaking

From a beginning almost as old as mankind, when the kayak or canoe was part of the process of survival, to the present day, when boundaries of exploration are being rolled back, canoeing is a sport rich in potential for young and old - the adventurous and the less adventurous.

Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, some based on competition and others, less formalised, based on journeying and adventuring.

How can I get started

Join with a local group or club - it's more fun, safer, and will help you to master the basic skills more quickly. The BCU publishes regional lists of Affiliated Canoe Clubs and Approved Centres on their web site www.bcu.org.uk who welcome new faces, many running special sessions and courses for newcomers.

Activity holidays often include canoeing and this can be a pleasant introduction, or perhaps you'd prefer to attend one of the many BCU regional events, and chat to some of the paddlers themselves.

Where to canoe in Britain

The British Isles are made for canoeing - there is a wonderful variety of water to choose from. Inland, the canals, rivers and lakes offer simple touring on placid water, through to challenging white water descents. Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some is privately owned or is bounded by land which is private. The British Canoe Union has an Access Officer in each region who can advise you about local canoeing waters.


The coastline of Britain provides superb canoeing water, some of which is remote with spectacular scenery. Coastal canoeing in all but enclosed, sheltered sites demands knowledge and skill. Experienced canoeists are always keen to help beginners develop themselves, but you are strongly advised not to embark upon any coastal cruise without adequate personal ability, training and knowledge.

What the Waterways Can Offer

Many of Britain's inland waterways are ideal for canoeing - a sport that can be enjoyed by families and individuals of all ages. The network owned by British Waterways, offers a variety of canoeing waters - some passing through wooded cuttings like those on the Shropshire Union Canal, while others are broad rivers navigations like the Trent and Severn. There are excellent long distance routes for experienced canoeists, equally there are plenty of quiet stretches for beginners.

The BW/BCU Licence

A joint agreement has operated since 1985 whereby the BCU membership fee for members living in England includes a licence for BW waters. Since then other waters have been added to the "BCU Licence" a full list is available from the BCU office.

The British Canoe Union's Web Site has all the information you require, you can also join on-line. Visit them British Canoe Union

Or write to:

British Canoe Union
Adbolton Lane
West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2 5AS
Tel: 0115 9821100 Fax: 0115 9821797

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