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Paddling Britain


Paddling Britain

Some may find paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing to be repetitive, but that is part of the charm.

Paddling Britain

It is surprisingly easy to get hooked the moment you first dip your paddle into the water.

Paddling Britain

Britain’s waterways are a true joy to explore, whether on SUP or canal boat.

Paddling Britain

Take time out to watch the world go by. Use paddling as a counterpoint to an ever-speedier life.

Imagine journeying through a wooded valley with only the sound of your paddle hitting the water, gliding past sleepy villages and peering down meandering creeks. Perhaps you’re floating along remote coastal waters, scouting for seals and dolphins and taking in the cacophony of seabird colonies clinging to cliff faces. Or maybe you’re cruising down an urban canal, absorbing centuries of industrial heritage amid the throng of modern city life. Whether you’re paddling by SUP, kayak or canoe, exploring Britain by water allows you to slow down and find a fresh perspective on familiar surroundings.

In Paddling Britain, outdoor adventurer Lizzie Carr shares 50 of her favourite paddles across the length and breadth of Britain, ranging from the Isles of Scilly to the Scottish Highlands, and covering the full gamut of British waterways. Packed with detailed information, including maps, safety tips and difficulty ratings, this definitive guide will inspire novices and old hands alike.

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Paddling Britain: the best lake routes

Highland lochs, Welsh mountain lakes and, of course, the Lake District itself – Britain is awash with vast bodies of water that are perfect for paddleboarding. 

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Paddling Britain: the best river and canal routes

From the serene Lancaster Canal to the bustling Thames, Britain's rivers are a wonder for the paddleboarder to explore. 

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Paddling Britain: the best coastal routes

The British coastline is a vast expanse of different terrains, making it particularly attractive to paddlers, kayakers and canoers alike. 

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