Wayland folding kayak !
70% of the earth's surface is covered by water.
You just need to select a folding kayak and go paddling!
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Can I paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of the waterways,
rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Scotland Canoe Association
and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) includes a licence
to paddle on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.
Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are privately owned
or is bounded by land which is private, so do check beforehand.
See Useful Web sites page.
In other countries, do check with your national kayak organisations
and waterway / off-shore agencies etc.
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To get the best out of your folding
kayak or to learn more about them, we have listed a few key
websites here.... It is by no means complete - if there are
any sites that is very relevant that is not listed, do let
on the Thames (Making the most of the Thames)
Tideway section of the lower River Thames is a particularly
challenging and potentially hazardous section of the river
water and high volumes of river traffic. There are also
official "rules of the road" and signals on bridges
which paddlers should understand and obey.
The Port of London Authority has a very
useful website loaded with information and advice for
users. All paddlers
using the Tideway should familiarise themselves with this
material for their own safety. There is a section devoted
is also a strongly
recommended useful instructional
video entitled Rowing Through Central London.
The BCU is the national governing body of
canoeing and kayaking in the UK. It is concerned with all
paddle sports in the UK, recreational as well as competitive,
in open and closed craft, paddled with single and double-bladed
paddles, on inland and coastal waters as well as open ocean.
An important aspect is that you be licensed, be suitably
coached and know where you can paddle, etc.
and River Trust
A charity entrusted with the care of 2000 miles of waterways
in England and Wales. The website has useful information and
this trust is looking for volunteers to become involved with
the wide ranging rewarding oppotunities in the work that they
do. Useful guides to help plan your next trip - free places
The Canoe Camping Club is a national club for touring canoeists
(and kayakers) and for those who like to combine canoeing/kayaking
and camping. The Club caters for everyone, with a variety of
meets round the country. Some are ideal for beginners whilst
others challenge the more experienced paddler. Members are
always glad to offer help and friendly advice to newcomers.
This club is an
active section of the Camping and Caravanning Club,
and is affiliated to the British Canoe Union.
A project aimed at fundraising for 'Care after Combat'
as well as to
raise awareness of PTSD. Cockleshell Endeavour comprises
of two former Royal Marines and Falkland Island veterans
who have set themselves a very challenging and
daunting 650 mile circumnavigation of the unforgiving coastline
of the Falkland Islands in kayaks - in Spring 2016. Before
embarking on this endeavour, Mick Dawson and Steve Grenham, will
be completing in a number of steadily increasing challenges
with kayaks as part of their training and to explore the
issues of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder amongst the former
military community. Already
the pair have successfully completed in the non-stop
125 mile 2015
International Canoe Race in a double seater folding kayak
in just under 33 hours, and the non-stop 444 mile 2015
Yukon River Quest in
single seater kayaks in under 60 hours. Other challenges
are the circumnavigation of the Isle of Mann and a circumnavigation
To learn more about and to support the Cockleshell Endeavour,
as well as to donate to Care after Combat, please visit
the website at
to Westminster International Canoe Race
The official site for the world's renowned kayak marathon
- one of the longest at 125 miles (201km). The good news here
that after a long absence of the official folding
kayaks class, this class had been re-instated in 2013. More
details about this Folding kayak Class - see the 'Devizes
to Westminster 2015' page on this Wayland site.
A very useful resource about UK's rivers. For the paddler,
there is information about temporary paddling licensees at
reduced rates for short periods, to river
levels and condition, location of campsites at locks, and many
more. One very useful service is that you can subscribe to
for free, the River
Conditions Update for the Thames,
from Lechlade to Teddington. This service provides up-to-date information
about river conditions.
A very useful American based site dedicated to folding kayaks.
The forum is also active with members from worldwide.
Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced
paddler, one of the best ways to get involved in canoeing
and kayaking and meeting like minded people is through the Go
This website lists various Starter Sessions, Guided Tours,
Paddling Events & Skills Based Workshops, and Canoe Trails, that
are held all year round at various locations around the country.
The IWA is a charity that campaigns for the use, maintenance
and restoration of all Britain's inland navigable waterways.
The website has useful information and maps of every waterway
A very useful tutorial site on everything about sea kayaking.
Canoe Sailing Group
The Open Canoe Sailing Group is a UK wide club for those interested
in sailing small, lightweight craft including kayaks. An excellent
resource for those thinking about purchasing or already have
folding kayaks complete with sail rigs - very helpful members
Paddle Points provides a central online information center
where canoeists and kayakers can go to find where they can
simple. You search for the place in the search box on the page,
and the paddle points in that area will show on a map. Clicking
the various markers representing launch spots,
weirs, rapids, slalom, car parking, clubs, campsites
will provide more handy information. There
are now over 4000 information markers covering the UK useful
to paddlers on this site.
of the Paddle
Song of the Paddle the online home for those
with a love of, or an interest in, open canoes and canoeing.
Combined with an active forum, this site is a very useful
resource as to locations as to where you can do flat water
touring, camping ideas, etc.
Historic Canoe and Kayak Association
A UK based group interested in the heritage of canoeing in
all its aspects - Types of boat and how they were used around
the world, notable canoeists and their exploits, past competition
under paddle and sail, manufacturers, construction and restoration,
museums and literature. They also organise occasional meetings
for paddling (chatting) and camping and produce a quarterly
journal which is a mine of information on world canoeing heritage.
Members can also advise on aspects of boat renovation.
Rivers Access Campaign
The purpose of the Rivers Access Campaign is not only to raise
awareness of the access issue on inland waterways in England
(and Wales) but to bring about a change. The campaign is being
undertaken by Canoe England on behalf all members of the public.
In England and Wales, unlike elsewhere in the world, the
public do not have an automatic right to have
access to rivers. Scotland already enjoys that right. Access
to the UK’s waterways is highly restricted (EG - Owners
of river banks have legal right to stop people paddling),
and maintenance of the waterways is dramatically under-funded. With
over 90% of the population living within two miles of a waterway,
many more people would take up water sports if accessibility
and facilities were improved.
there should be a public right of access along our inland
waters.. so we can all enjoy our natural heritage...rights
A small friendly
UK based forum site with members who have all kinds
of paddle craft including
The UK Rivers Guidebook website covers the
many paddlable rivers in the UK. There is a very active
discussion forum. It is a predominately white-water site
but there is some useful information for those
intent on relaxing river touring.
Sea Kayak Guidebook
Sister site to the UK Rivers Guidebook, this
site offers information on sea kayaking trips around the
UK and also has an active discussion forum discussing many
sea kayaking topics.