Best Paddling Locations in the UK this Year

Best Paddling Locations in the UK this Year

Anas Bouargane 10/08/2020 3
Best Paddling Locations in the UK this Year

Kayaking is not just a sport. It’s an all-round experience a thrill, adventure and fitness.

No matter wherever you go in the world, there is always a lake, river or ocean to offer you this amazing travel experience with kayaking as a key ingredient. It’s not always the tropical landscapes and sandy beaches that people talk about when they travel, sometimes you need amazing lake or serene body of water to just go kayaking and enjoy.

To make the task a bit easier, here is a list of paddling locations to satisfy your cravings for a kayaking adventure:

1. Porth Dafarch to the Skerries, Anglesey, Wales

Kayaking in Porth Dafarch has good odds of giving you a thrilling experience. The 500 feet high cliffs standing tough, surrounded by silence, has a kind of peace every one of us yearns for. But the crashing tides and overflows may turn out rough if you aren’t an experienced kayaker. It is one of the best kept secrets in the UK, calling out to the kayakers from the world. Also, it isn’t very crowded. Therefore, it becomes an ideal location to paddle post pandemic. Begin from the Porth Dafarch while paddling round the Pen Ryn Mawr towards the lighthouse on the South Stack. This is the perfect place to bring the wife or a friend, a tandem kayak is a great option for this though alot of people opt for a single kayak you can always buy one second hand, rent one or buy a new one like the ones on this Kayakerguide top list we found.

2. Penmealpool to Barmouth, Mawddach Estuary, Wales

Penmealpool is a technical trip of tidal estuary. Set off at Penmealpool and paddle towards Barmouth. During high tides, it may be a bit tricky. So being careful is a prime prerequisite for paddling in Penmealpool. The clear skies and calm waters guarded by the huge green trees impart remarkable beauty to this location. The serenity of this place is impeccable.

3. River Findhorn, Highlands, Moray, Scotland

River Findhorn is one of the best rivers in Scotland. It is generally not visited by outsiders and known only by the local people. But with a stunning scenery, it becomes a must visit location for all kayakers. Moreover, the location is heavenly with lush green valley’s peeping upon the horizon. The Summer Isles are another wonderful attraction for those looking for highland sea kayaking. River Findhorn is a perfect location for those who wish to satisfy their adrenaline by kayaking.

4. Port Issac Bay, North Cornwall

Port Issac Bay is situated on a beautiful coastline and extends up to 4 kilometres. Paddle from Port Gaverne to Varle Sands beach via Port Issac. If you part from Port Issac, you may have a break and visit various cafes and restaurants to meet your food cravings. The stunning beauty of the sea with stretches of green and turquoise waters can leave any visitor spell bounded. The climatic conditions of Cornwall vary enormously. So, plan only when the conditions are perfect. If not, it might end up ruining and amazing kayaking experience.

5. Cornish Beaches and Rivers

Cornwall is known for touring and white water kayaking. Firstly, Lizard point is in Cornwall, popular for kayaking. Hidden caves are waiting to be explored in the area. If you are lucky enough, you might even spot a seal. There are guided tours available. But if you wish to go on your own, then Hanover Cove and Bosahan Cove are perfect locations for enjoying peace and solitude. Secondly, River Fal and Tamer are beautiful rivers to kayak upstream. Deer and kingfishers can be spotted on the journey. Lastly, make sure to begin with your journey only after checking the tide timings as you don’t want to spoil your kayaking trip.

6. Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary in Devon

If you are planning to go kayaking on a warm summer morning, then Salcombe- Kingsbridge estuary is your go-to place. Set off during mid-tide if you wish to explore the estuary at its best. There are a huge variety of coves and creeks to be seen here. You can even spot wild fowls and several other birds that are just perfect to kick start your day and prepare for the pace of the upcoming week.

7. Studland Bay and Dorset Jurassic Coast

Giving a soothing feeling with the tranquillity of the water complimented by its view, Studland Bay is possibly the only location in England that can compete with the beauty of the Mediterranean. While paddling at this location, make sure to visit Fort Henry to impress your senses. Also, the Old Harry Rock is a point of interest with formations that resemble the Twelve Apostles in the Victoria province of Australia.

8. River Wey and Wey Navigations in Surrey

Running from Guildford to the Thames at Weybridge, River Wey Navigation is the only human build trail for kayaking. It extends up to fifteen and a half kilometres. It was built as a highway for London in 17th century. For those who are looking to explore Surrey, it is an appropriate destination that allows easy paddling through the canals. The trail offers spectacular views of landscape and greenery. But one must plan according to the weather conditions as the peaceful waters may turn harsh during winters.

9. Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lamond is an ideal location for those who are new to the art of kayaking. If you plan on living in the area, then most of the landlords are open to lending their kayaks for free. Or you can book all the equipment at the water sport centre located in the national park. For kayaking experts, there are a number of rivers to practice for a kayaking adventure.

10. The Scottish Lochs

If you are someone that is looking to plunge into remote wilderness, Scottish loch is a perfect getaway. The lochs are surrounded by staggering landscapes and wildlife. It is one of the best destinations for sea kayaking. Passing through secluded canals, beaches and tunnels, the Scottish Lochs is a voyage that must be taken at least once in a lifetime for enjoying refreshing sea air.

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  • Paul Burton

    Just found a new hobby. Thank you.

  • Russell Stephenson

    This is a great introduction to paddling

  • Christopher Lewis

    I’m going to try it for the first time next week

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at AlphaSense. Anas holds a bachelor degree in applied economics from the University Paris Sud.

   

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