Paddle your Canoe in Wales
Published: Tuesday 4th Feb 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
A quiet tranquil paddle or full on white water, artificial white water or natural rivers, lakes, canals - and 870 miles of Coast Path! There’s got to be something here to satisfy all.
Whether you’re new to the sport or an old hand, opportunities for canoeing exist all around Wales; e.g. Bala Lake in North Wales, Llangors Lake in the Brecon Beacons and even Cardiff Bay. You can hire equipment for a few hours and explore lakes, islands and inlets from the water. With high water levels and especially if you’re new to paddling, make sure that the first time you try is under supervision. Many activity providers run come-and-try-it sessions through the warmer seasons, where you can take to the water for supervised paddling. Canoe clubs are also more than happy to help beginners, and most of them run sessions to show new paddlers what’s what and to give out some pointers.
Even if you have some experience and want to push your paddling, you could book a coaching course to develop your on-the-water-skills. For those who are confident and knowledgeable on the water and have their own kit, there are hundreds of places to paddle in Wales. Rivers are graded from one to six, with grade one being still and grade six being on the very limit of what’s possible to paddle. So when you next stay in a Wales Holidays cottage, plan a paddle in the rivers or rapids. But don’t forget that if you’re unsure about whether a particular stretch of water is safe, always seek out expert advice. Strong currents and cold water aren’t always obvious, so it is essential to get a sound opinion.