8 locations to paddle a canoe in the UK
Following on from our feature on where you can canoe in the UK, where you can read up on exactly where you are legally allowed to paddle, we have decided to go into more detail so you can explore eight of the best places in the UK with your canoe or kayak.
The landscape of the UK is very diverse and awash with regional flora and fauna that can provide the perfect escape from the trappings of the modern world and allow you to relax with the sound of nature, only interrupted by your oar strokes.
Below you will find eight incredible places where you can take one of our kayaks, SUP’s or canoes for sale and paddle to your heart’s content!
The Fowey Estuary, Cornwall
There are various places to launch your canoe or kayak along the River Fowey as well as self-hire and guided trips.
Paddle up the river to explore the tributaries leading up to Lerryn and Lostwithiel or turn up Pont Pill and amble along at your own pace, looking up to see if you can spot a flash of a kingfisher, or down through the water to follow a shoal of mullet.
Wildlife is abundant here and you may spot a timid otter or a pod of dolphins, but please remember to respect all the other creatures that share the water.
Combe Martin, Devon
Combe Martin in North Devon is a canoeists dream! Set off from the main beach and make your way around the formidable granite cliffs as you explore every nook and cranny. Blue waters contrast against the lush green foliage, making it seem you’re paddling somewhere exotic and not the British Isles!
What we love most about this spot is that there are many coves and secluded beaches that are hidden from plain site, giving you the perfect spot to enjoy a mid-paddle picnic!
The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
The Lizard Peninsula is the UK’s most southerly point and is home to breath-taking landscapes and a whole host of wildlife.
Explore the dramatic coastline by setting off from one of the fishing ports, such as Mullion Harbour, Cadgwith Cove or Hayle Harbour, and get up close and personal with dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, as well as a huge variety of sea birds.
Durdle Door, Dorset
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a paddlers dream, and Durdle Door is often regarded as the jewel in the crown on this beautiful stretch of coastline. With the bluest of waters and remarkable cliffs, coves and secret beaches to explore, a canoe experience here is not to be missed!
Paddling a canoe, kayak or SUP is the best way to get out and explore the magnificent Pembrokeshire coastline, with Stackpole being a brilliant place to get started.
The quay is the best place to launch, and there are some beautiful little, secluded beaches to wash ashore onto with the whitest of sand; you’ll think you’re in the Caribbean, not Wales!
Derwent Water, Cumbria
Situated in the Lake District, we personally believe that Derwent Water is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. Surrounded by the green rolling hills of Borrowdale, Cat Bells and Skiddaw, many sheltered coves and islands to explore on your canoe and an abundance amount of local wildlife, Derwent Water is not to be missed!
River Wey, Surrey
The River Wey is home to the Wey Navigation, which are a set of canals that flow for 15.5-miles through the gorgeous Surrey countryside.
The Wey Navigation was built 100 years before the Canal Age with the unique landscape of the Navigations containing a rich variety of wildlife habitats in a relatively small area. This layout means it is a superb way to explore Surrey’s beautiful little villages and towns, historic locks and changing scenery.
Loch Lomond, Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and Loch Lomond is a fantastic place to head for a paddle. It’s the largest body of fresh water found on mainland Britain, so there’s no danger of you crashing into anyone or it getting too crowded!
Loch Lomond can be easily accessed on its eastern side from the car parks at Milarrochy Bay, Sallochy and Rowardennan, and with the Loch home to many islands, inlets, bays and straights, it’s the perfect place to explore on your canoe, kayak or SUP.