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Open canoes and open boats in the London region

Three open boats, also known as open boats, on a river bank and ready to go.

Open canoes, also known as open boats, are a great way to explore the UK’s waterways.

Open canoes are generally paddled by one or two people, although you can comfortably fit a small family in most open boats. Open canoes are propelled using a single ended paddle and are suitable for flat water touring as well as moderate white water. Experienced canoeists can also take open canoes down white water rapids.

Many London clubs will have open canoes available to their members. Open canoes can also be hired on the river Thames and the river Lee. In the west of London, canoe hire is available from Canoe and Kayak the Thames and Thames Canoes.

To the north of London, Lee Valley Canoe Cycle is based in Broxbourne and also provides kayaks for hire, as well as providing guided canoe trips on the River Lee.

The canals and rivers around London are perfect for open boating. An excellent resource is the book Pub Paddles, The best short canoe trips in the south of England, which describes 27 trips around London and includes maps, pages of details and information about local canoe hire shops.

For more information see the following links.

Useful open canoe links

The Open Canoe Association

Song of the paddle

Canoe days out

UK Rivers Guide Book Canoe Forum

Canoe and Kayak the Thames (River Thames canoe hire)

Lee Valley Canoe Cycle hire (River Lee canoe hire)

Thames Canoes (River Thames canoe hire)


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