Paddlesport organisations

British Canoe Union BCU

Canoe England

Canoe London

River access

River access for all campaign


ThePaddler ezine

Canoeist Magazine

Canoe Focus

Canoe and Kayak UK

Kayak Session


Ainsworth Paddles Paddles

Avoncraft Prijon Kayaks and kit

Bliss-Stick Kayaks

Dagger Kayaks

Endless River Boats, paddles and kit

Eskimo Kayaks

Lendal Paddles

Liquid Logic Kayaks Kayaks

Lomo Kit

Necky Kayaks

Nookie Kit

Palm Kit

Peak UK Kit

Perception Kayaks

Pyranha Kayaks

Riot Kayaks

Robson Paddles

System X Kayaks, paddles and kit

Thule Roof racks

Wavesport Kayaks

Werner Paddles

Yak Kit


Many retailers will offer a 10% ‘club’ discount if you have a BCU membership or just ask.

Berkshire Canoes

Bournemouth Canoes

Canoe and Kayak Store

Canoe Kayak Trader Near Leamington Spa

Decathlon Good for cheap thermals, boots etc

Desperate Measures based near Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont course

Cheltenham Canoes

Family Adventure Store

Go 2 H20 Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

Kayaks and Paddles

Kayakstore Peak UK’s online store

Kent Canoes

Knoydart Sea kayaks and equipment


Performance Kayaks Near Weston-Super-Mare and M5 motorway

Reed Chill Cheater Kayak clothing

Robin Hood Watersports West Yorkshire, near Junction 27 of the M62

Rubberman Repairs to websuits, drysuits etc

Sue’s Canoes

Up and Under

W.Midlands canoe centre

Whitewater The Canoe Centre Shepperton Marina, near London

White Water Consultancy

Training and course providers

Andy Butler Coaching and guiding in N Wales

Andy Turton Coaching and guiding in UK and Europe

Clearwater Paddling Guided sea kayaking tours based on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides

Escape to Adventure Training and trips with Andy Holt

Fluid Skills UK and French Alp based coaching, guiding and first aid courses

FlowFree Kayak coaching and river guiding, with bespoke and female specific courses

Gene 17 Kayak training for all levels, in many locations 1st aid courses, kayak and canoe coaching

Glenmoor Lodge Kayak courses and guided tours in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park

Monster Activities White water rafting and lots of other outdoor activities in the Highlands of Scotland

Plas Y Brenin Kayak training based in North Wales

Plas Menai More kayak training, based on the North Wales coast

Tom Parker Coaching Coaching and guiding in UK and Europe

Ty Nant Outdoors Sea Kayaking, canoe and whitewater kayaking, trips and expeditions.

Wild River Kayak coaching or guiding in the Lake District

Places to paddle

Cardiff White Water Centre.

Four Seasons, Teeside Currently closed for refurbishment. Artificial course of 350 metres which hosts national and international events.

Holme Pierrepont International standard artificial course near Nottingham. Extensively used for high-level competition and training.

Lee Valley White Water Centre. White water paddling within easy reach of London!

Mile End Mill JJ’s Good introductory spot to whitewater.

Nene Whitewater Centre, Northampton Friendly artificial course for playing and training.Opening times can vary so telephone 01604 634040 before travelling

River Dart Access news, ticket availability etc

Tryweryn Dam controlled river with frequent canoeable releases each year. Release information on 01678 520 826. Provides grade 2-4 whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Local clubs

Battersea canoe club

Chelsea Kayak Club

Chiswick Canoe Club

Clapham Canoe Club

Civil Service Canoe Club

Islington Boat Club

Laburnum Boat Club

The Pirate Castle

Putney Bridge Canoe Club

Regents Canoe Club

Richmond Canoe Club

Shepperton slalom c.c.

Tower Hamlets Canoe Club

Westminster Boating Base

Other useful websites

A1 Surf Daily surf forecasts for the UK

Canoe London New online guide to paddlesports in London, including club listings and places to paddle

Canoe Slalom UK

Environment Agency online river levels Great resource for checking river levels.

Magic Seaweed The latest surf forecasts, surf reports, surf webcams and other surfing resources for the UK and beyond Global kayaking website

Port of London Useful information relating to leisure facilities and events on the tidal River Thames for recreational users. Includes tide tables

Rainchasers Community based paddle sports site, providing the latest news on river levels for The North of England

River access for all Kayakers and other members of the public are forbidden to access an astonishing 98% of the rivers in England and Wales. Visit this site to give your online support to the River Access Campaign and help to make our rivers free for everyone to enjoy

Song of the paddle Open canoes

Superspud Regents member Edwin Datschefski’s unique take on producing the world’s shortest play boat, as trialed at Regents.

Thames Valley Freestylers Regularly updated forum – a good place to check on Thames weir levels

UK Rivers Guidebook Lively forums and useful river guides

Unsponsored Independent UK kayak site with reviews and discussion forums

Weather Five day weather forecast from the BBC

Metcheck another good source for weather forecasts

Boat hire / trips for casual paddlers

Kayaking London – paddle on the Thames.

Lee Valley Canoe Cycle – boat hire on the River Lee, N London

Lee Valley Boats – boat hire at Broxbourne on the River Lee, Hertfordshire

Whitewater: The Canoe Centre – boat hire at Shepperton on the River Thames, on the western fringes of London.


Hostels in Wales Bunkhouse and Hostel Accommodation in the Brecon Beacons National Park and other areas of Wales.


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