The South West region covers the six geographic counties of
It is often split into the two areas of Devon & Cornwall, and Wessex, Wessex being the other four counties. It has around 55 affiliated clubs (find clubs here).
Its activities are varied with both touring and competition:
Flat water touring
Flat water touring takes place throughout the region but rivers to highlight are the Wye and Severn, and the estuaries. Also the Kennet & Avon canal and the Gloucester and Sharpness canal. Visit Canoe Trails.
Predominantly the rivers of Dartmoor and Exmoor, popular with clubs in the region and with paddlers travelling from further afield.
Predominantly with the coastal clubs, but with interest from other clubs and individuals.
Polo has a dedicated pitch (the Bristol Canoe Polo Pitch) in Bristol Docks with goals suspended from permanent wires across the docks. It is used regularly for training and for tournaments by local clubs. The South West Polo League runs during the winter at Millfield School with teams playing in 3 divisions. Many of those teams from the South West play in the National Leagues too.
Email Polo Rep Mark Gillett
Marathon races are held throughout the region. From the estuaries in Cornwall and Devon, to Poole Harbour in Dorset, and the river Avon and canals in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. This region hosts the start of the Devizes to Westminster race.
Email Marathon Rep Emma Riley
Slalom has entry races at Dulverton and at Frome in Somerset, and intermediate races at the River Dart Country Park in Devon, and at Symonds Yat in Gloucestershire. Training is carried out at Symonds Yat and at Frome throughout the year.
Email Slalom Rep Alison Longhurst
South West news
Award of Honour: Brian Sheen
Since Brian first stepped into a tiny aluminium canoe on Worthing boating lake in the 1950s, he has been hooked with life on the water, and in the years since, has built an impressive resume of paddling achievements.
Paddle Awards Practical Workshop in Bristol
Read about the Paddle Awards Practical Workshop on 28th April 2019 in Bristol, exploring the NEW Paddle Start, Discover & Explorer Awards.