In the Yorkshire Dales, whenever the levels are up, wild water enthusiasts can be found river running, steep-creeking or playboating. In North Yorkshire, a long-standing partnership with Yorkshire Water helps clubs and other volunteer networks in the region run year-round wild water playboating and events at The Washburn - the finest dam-released wild water course in England and a new specialist facility is being developed at Linton.
Beyond the North York Moors, sea kayak enthusiasts are out and about, year-round, exploring a coastline renowned for kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, puffins and more. Others on the coast may be found surfing or kayak fishing - or simply goofing around off one of the county's fine beaches - see Open Water and Coastal!
Away from both wild water and the coast, more enthusiasts can almost always be found taking advantage of the county's fine lowland rivers and navigable waterways. Some will be wild camping with family or friends whilst others are getting an outdoor-workout.
Within performance boating International stars such as Claire O'Hara (Freestyle, Squirt-boating) and Joe Morley (Extreme Kayak Racing) have shown, both challenge and regional pathways to success can be found in any discipline.
For "recreational" competition, Yorkshire's slalom and canoe polo scenes are among the most active and successful in the country, but opportunities extend from Ocean Racing to competing in International 10 Square Meter Sailing Canoes. No matter what your age, ability or interest, you'll find a club, activity centre or informal network to suit.
British Canoeing's partnership with the Canal and River Trust opens up many miles of navigable waterways, including stunning canoe trails everywhere from the Pocklington Canal in the East to Foulridge and Skipton on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in the West.
British Canoeing in Yorkshire and Humberside is about all of this, and encompasses everyone from the independent boaters to the volunteers in clubs and uniform groups, and from manufacturers and distributors to retailers and coaches who work in the industry.
To find out more, explore our guide to the varieties of canoeing and kayaking available (and supported) in Yorkshire where we detail dozens of options in a range of categories:
Follow these links for details of what's going on in Yorkshire in relation to...
- Challenge, Adventure and Exploration: Rivers, Creeks and Headwaters
- Challenge, Adventure and Exploration:Open Water and Coastal
- Adventure Racing and Fitness in Nature
- Learning, Supporting Personal Development and Serving Others
Within these categories we fit everything from Beyond-the-Paddle Journeying, River Running and Steep Creeking to Surfzone Playboating, Rock-Hopping and Kayak Fishing - plus competition options as different as Quadrathlon, Canoe Polo and Freestyle / Rodeo!
Then check us out: the Yorkshire and Humberside's Regional Development Team - ensuring there's never been a better time for enjoying yourself in a canoe or kayak in Gods-own-County!
Washburn Boaterfest 2017
A weekend of Playboating & Boater-X on England's Premier Dam Release River
On Monday 24th July, Colin Skeath and Davis Gould-Duff successfully completed the first ever circumnavigation of mainland Britain by open canoe...
Song-of-the-Paddle "Big Meet" 2016 @ Ripon
Magdalen's Road, Ripon. HG4 1HX.
Annual gathering of Open Boaters - based around members of the Song-of-the-Paddle forum - getting together this year on the banks of the River Ure in North Yorkshire...
Playboating, Boater-X, National Championship Racing, a BBQ and a Party at England's Premier Dam Release River...
Summer Paddlesports Festival - Playboating, Boater-X, National Championship Racing, a BBQ and a Party at England's Premier Dam Release River...