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Canoe Hire and Trails

We recognise that lots of people choose paddlesport to explore new places and go touring. Hire gives everyone the chance to head out on the water on their own and enjoy time with family and friends.

Canoe trails are our resource bank of great places to paddle. They consistently prove popular with independent paddlers but they are also useful for clubs and centres planning day trips in their own area or farther afield.

Canoe Hire Providers

We are keen to develop stronger relationships with canoe hire providers to promote their services and help signpost participants to further opportunities. If you would like to hear more please get in touch.

By providing comprehensive information on various routes, British Canoeing is looking to inspire and support more people in enjoying our waterways in a responsible manner. Whether a family looking for something to do during the holidays, or an individual wanting to relax after a long week at work, we want them to know where to experience canoeing safely and enjoyably.

For 2018 we have introduced a scheme that uses a credit based rewards  system, based on the number of activities you are running. Credits can be used to redeem free resources for your activities. The more activities you run that offer clear progressional activities throughout the year the more credits you accumulate.

Work with us to create a new canoe trail and earn 50 Go Canoeing resource credits!

You can read all about the Go Canoeing offer for Clubs and Centres in the download below.

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Canoe Trails

A new design for trails was launched in 2017 and has raised their profile, with more people paddling them than ever before. We have almost 150 trails already listed but are always looking to expand that number.

Having a trail in your area, on your club or centres favourite bit of water can be a great draw for new and existing paddlers. All you need to do is give us the details, using our Canoe Trails template at the bottom of this page and we work it up into our fun trail design.

Who can write and submit them?

British Canoeing is developing canoe trails nationwide by working in partnership with local experts, volunteers, coaches and organisations with a passion to do the same. If you have an idea for a canoe trail we’d love to hear from you: [email protected].


By writing and developing a Canoe Trail you will be helping and inspiring people to find new places and enjoy the trail that you develop. Canoe Trails help us promote our wonderful sport, develop informative information and promote safe practice.

If there is a piece of water near you or somewhere you visit that you feel others would benefit from knowing about, we’d love to help promote it. You can email [email protected] to get a copy of the full guidance and the template for writing a trail, but the points below give some idea of what we are looking for:

  • Are there any other trails on the waterway? We are particularly keen to get new trails in areas of the country, or on waterways, where we currently have gaps.
  • Is there certainty of access? We need to make sure paddlers have a positive experience on the trails we promote. We can only promote trails on waterways with a widely recognised right of access for paddlers. We can provide more information on the criteria for this.
  • Are there good facilities? We need to be able to provide details of car parking, good access points, and usable portage points on our trails. Ideally we would like more to be fully accessible for paddlers with disabilities, and would be keen to hear if there are any such suitable routes near you.

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