There’s no doubt about it canoeing certainly makes for a relaxing day out, with nothing but the soothing sound of the loch or lake that your floating on. The UK has a number of destinations that can make great canoeing trips and tours, so whether you’re just looking for a paddle or a full multi day trip you’ll be able to find a suitable location in the UK.
River Thames – This arguably the most famous river in the UK, and although it flows directly through the heart of the capital city there is a lot more to the River Thames than London. The river become officially navigable at Cricklade in Wiltshire, where the upper stretches of the river providing some great paddle touring routes. As you move down river there are some easy access points and the river begins to grow. For anyone that wants to stop for food or a drink there are a number of riverside pubs along the way. When the river reaches Runnymede you have the option of taking a short walk up the moor to where the historic Magna Carta was signed. Even further downstream there historic landmarks such as Hampton court and when you reach London you will pass powerful landmarks such as the House of Commons and Big Ben.
River Wye – Boasting as one of Britain’s most scenic and unspoilt routes the River Wye attracts many UK paddlers every year. Its source is deep in the Welsh mountains, starting at the streams of Plynlimon, the River Wye flows through the scenic countryside of Hay-on-Wye and Ross-on-Wye. There is even some white water excitement when you reach the rapids at Symonds Yat.
River Spey – Renowned for being one of the most popular locations for paddlers around the UK, the River Spey attracts a significant amount of tourists to Scotland every year, that seek the ‘Spey Descent’. The beginning of the River Spey runs through the Cairngorms National Park, this makes for a truly beautiful journey, with a backdrop of towering and majestic Munros. Eventually the River Spey winds along through ‘Whiskey Country’, which is known to be the most densely populated whiskey distillery area in the whole world. Unfortunately, where the mountains once stood there are now only rolling hills, however the scenery is still remarkable. This is a great trip for any nature lovers; in addition to travelling through some beautiful countryside you will also share the river with a variety of wildlife.