Canoeing in the UK | TOAD Outdoor Activities

Canoeing

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Canoeing

Canoes are one of the oldest forms of human travel with canoeists sitting or kneeling whilst paddling, and using single bladed paddles. This is the key thing that differentiates canoeing from kayaking, its sister sport, which uses a double-headed paddle. Canoes, in terms of the boats themselves, are generally open to the elements, with the only exception being those used in canoe slalom or white-water rivers.

Originally invented as a form of transport, canoeing is now widely used for sport, recreation and competition as well. Born out of a need for hunting, fishing and moving goods around, the sport developed hugely during the 20th century and became part of the Olympic Games for the first time in 1936. Individuals can canoe as part of a club, day trip, or purchase their own boat, and paddle rivers, canals and lakes around the world.

Although beginners might be nervous about not being able to steer the boat properly or tipping it over, these issues are easily avoided, and many starter canoes are wide enough to avoid this. The only kit needed is a paddle, a life jacket, and a good canoeing partner – ideally someone who knows what they’re doing and can help to steer the boat. Thanks to the ease of access, and the availability of different types of boats, canoeing can be enjoyed by people of different ages and abilities. Just hold the paddle with your inside hand at the top, dig it into the water, bring the paddle back in a smooth, sweeping motion, and away you’ll go!

Whether to race, see the world from a different perspective, to fish or camp, or head out for a picnic, there are plenty of ways to enjoy canoeing. Find a location near you below, or check out some other water activities.

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Surrey Docks Watersports Centre
Rope Street off Plough Way Greenland Dock
Norbury, London
DISTANCE: 3.56 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Raft Building, Windsurfing, Canoeing...
Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre
Stoke Newington Green Lanes
Finsbury Park, Haringey
DISTANCE: 3.94 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing...
Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre
Home Park Road Wimbledon
Collier's Wood, London
DISTANCE: 6.47 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Powerboating, Sailing Schools, Orienteering, Canoeing, Kayaking...
Lee Valley Park White Water Centre
Station Road
Waltham Abbey, Essex
DISTANCE: 13.07 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Duckies, Hydrospeeding, Kayaking, Rafting, Raft Building...
Herts Young Mariners Base
Windmill Lane Cheshunt
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
DISTANCE: 13.89 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Caving, Dinghy Sailing, Dragon Boat Racing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Sailing Schools,...
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Ockendon Road
Upminster, Essex
DISTANCE: 16.76 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Abseiling, Shooting Range, Argo Cats, Banana Boat Rides, Bell Boating, Canoeing, Stand Up...
Essex Outdoors
Harlow Centre for Outdoor Learning Burnt Mill Lane
Harlow, Essex
DISTANCE: 20.98 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Courses, Kayaking, Low Ropes, Mountain...
Dynamic Adventures
Unit 24 Charlwood Place
Horley, Surrey
DISTANCE: 24.44 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Gorge Walking, High Ropes Courses,...
Bray Lake Watersports
Monkey Island Lane Windsor Road
Maidenhead, Berkshire
DISTANCE: 24.56 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Raft Building, Sailing Schools, Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Dinghy Sailing,...
Carroty Wood
Carroty Wood Higham Lane
Tonbridge, Kent
DISTANCE: 26.48 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking, Rafting...
Arethusa Venture Centre
Lower Upnor
Rochester, Kent
DISTANCE: 28.61 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Bouldering, Canoeing, Climbing, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Courses, Kayaking, Low Ropes,...
Blackland Farm
Blackland Farm Grinstead Lane
East Grinstead, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 29.61 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Assault Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Climbing Wall, Crate Building, Kayaking,...
Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre
Mill Lane
Sandhurst, Berkshire
DISTANCE: 32.25 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Dinghy Sailing, Powerboating, Raft Building, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking...
Ardingly Activity Centre Ltd
The Lodge Ardingly Resevoir Ardingly
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 32.44 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Dinghy Sailing, Sailing Schools, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Raft Building,...
Wildwood Bushcraft
21 Noahs Ark Lane Lindfield
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 34.59 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Bushcraft Course, Navigation Courses, Canoeing...



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