Canoeing & Kayaking

Yorkshire has some excellent rivers and can cater for flat water paddling to Grade 3+ white water. Our extensive network of canals and rugged coastline also offer some of the best canoeing and kayaking around.

Two of the most popular rivers are the Wharfe and the Washburn. Both of these are only open at certain times, so do look on the British Canoe Union Yorkshire site for more information first. Additionally, each Club has its own regular trips on their stretches of local water. kayaking

Sleningford Watermill is a great place to access the river Ure and to learn to canoe with the friendly folk at Xperience Adventure or take part in one of their 1, 2 or 3 day adventures, where you can enjoy rock climbing, archery, abseiling and much more.

For those looking for a gentler adventure on water that doesn’t move as much, here are some suggested venues:

Lake Semerwater, near Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
Bring your own canoe and enjoy the ruggest and beautiful setting of this lake.

Ever fancied kayaking or canoeing but didn’t want to throw yourself in at the deep end? Alfresco Adventures water sports activities are full of fun and range from a gentle paddle on flat waters to conquering moving water and rapids. Novice to expert, they have something to suit your every need. They also offer various national recognised skills courses including the star awards and foundation safety rescue training.

The online river guide provides a good summary of most UK rivers, so you can find out what it’s like before you paddle.

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