Rivers & Lakes
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From Windermere to Siblyback, the Wye to the Dart, Britain has some stunning rivers and lakes to enjoy. With calm, clean waters, paddling in these surroundings is a wonderful, relaxing way to enjoy local wildlife and scenery. A huge number of lakes and rivers also have guiding services and easy access arrangements in place so you can peacfully enjoy the paddle without concerning yourself with pick-up or launching .
Much like canal paddling, almost any kayak or canoe is suitable for use on a lake or river. However there are craft designed specifically for the job which can make your experience much more comfortable and pleasurable.
Kayaks such as the Dagger Blackwater or Feel Free Atlantis and canoes like the Old Town Charles River, have been designed specifcally for use on rivers and lakes. Equipment like rudders, dry hatches and comfortable seats make them a pleasure to use and let you concentrate on the glorious surroundings rather than on your numb bum! Advice on kayaks can be found by reading our reviews, and info on what to wear when kayaking these craft can be provided in out shops or on our What to Wear page.
Sleek and fast through the water. Kayaks and canoes for lakes and rivers let you effortlessly travel large distances and explore a lot of countryside in comfort whether it's just for an afternoon or a multi-day trip. The majority of craft of this type have storage compartments built into them to store equipment and your lunch, keeping it dry in most cases too (although dry bags are always recommended). They can be paddled with or without spraydecks, whatever makes you most comfortable and there's no long list of required equipment to get started. Check out this page to see for youself.