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Three Lakes Challenge

This truly unique challenge will take you on an adventure to some of the most beautiful and scenic inland paddling locations in the UK. The combination of travelling over 380 miles on land and 43 miles on the water will put even the most experienced paddler to the test.

The Challenge Distance Time Type
Paddle the length of the longest lakes in England, Wales and (longest loch) in Scotland 43 miles Over 24 hours to a year (depending on experience and how you want to do the challenge) Unique

The Routes

Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) in Wales - 7 miles
Llyn Tegid Info Pack

Windermere in England - 11 miles
Windermere Info Pack

Loch Awe in Scotland - 25 miles
Loch Awe Info Pack

Why Three Lakes Challenge?

The challenge is designed to test your endurance to the limits and should not be underestimated. Previous canoeing experience, careful planning and training is required, however you can complete it in your own time, at your own pace. The Three Lakes Challenge suits all motivations, whether it is for a personal challenge, charity fundraising, attempting the fastest time or just for enjoyment.

A more experienced paddler, looking for the ultimate challenge and wanting to achieve a fast time may wish to complete the Three Lakes Challenge the fastest time possible. However, those who are more interested in touring and leisure may prefer to complete the Challenge over three or more days. You could even spread it out one lake at a time over a week, month or year…the choice is yours!

It is important to prepare sufficiently for the Three Lakes Challenge, ensuring you are physically fit enough for the distances being covered. As with many challenges, enjoyment and a sense of achievement comes from the training, planning and preparation involved in the lead up to the challenge.

We recommend that you should have a support crew to support you on this challenge, particularly if you are attempting to complete this in a short timescale. Sharing the experience with fellow canoeists and a support crew will also give you shared memories that won’t be forgotten. Visiting the three spectacular locations is the icing on the cake!

10 easy steps to your Three Lakes Challenge Adventure

  1. Read all of the route descriptions, safety information and guidance documents.
  2. Decide on how you want to do the Three Lakes Challenge.
  3. Find a like-minded friend or friends to complete the Challenge with.
  4. Recruit a support crew.
  5. Start planning.
  6. Print the Challenge Route maps and route descriptions.
  7. Prepare the appropriate equipment.
  8. Set off on your Three Lakes Challenge adventure.
  9. Keep a record of your time.
  10. Register your achievement.

​Registering your challenge

Once you have ventured out and completed the Three Lakes Challenge we’d love to hear from you about your experience. You can do this by registering your challenge with us, in return we will recognise your efforts by sending you a certificate and displaying your time on our national leader board (if you chose this option at registration).

Click here to register your Three Lakes challenge details