Active Adventure Holidays – Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are versatile activities that can be enjoyed on all types of waterways worldwide. Canoeing and kayaking require very little equipment or preparation; all you need is a curiosity for exploration and the outdoors.

The British Isles are ideal for canoeing and there are thousands of miles of coast to explore, as well as an array of simple touring on water inland. There are even high octane white water descents and some spectacular coastal scenery.

Upland rivers are usually suitable for white water kayaking, whereas lowland rivers are better suited to gentle touring. The UK has several thousand miles of canals, offering safe waters for the inexperienced. The sea attracts people who want to ride the waves and want to tour around offshore islands or around rocky cliff faces.

Camping can be convenient for downstream paddlers, as it meets with the spontaneous nature of canoeing on backwater countryside routes. Travellers can simply camp down at the nearest site whenever they feel like it. For those who prefer a real bed though, you are never too far away from a Bed & Breakfast, youth hostel or pub.

The hundred miles of unspoilt scenery of the River Wye provides a great location for a canoe touring holiday. The Wye springs from deep within the Welsh mountains and flows through such beautiful locations. There are lots of campsites along the way for bedding down.

There are travel companies which offer to organise canoeing and kayaking touring across Europe. These are usually group expeditions of between five and twenty people, with a guide. Typically they are 7 day excursions, although obviously there are options for shorter and longer trips. They will typically involve a few hours of canoeing a day, as well as a varied itinerary of sightseeing.

Sea kayaking is generally more challenging and exciting because of the tidal waters. Beginners are advised to complete an introductory course before heading out onto the sea, or to seek the supervision of an experienced guide.

There are loads of opportunities to go sea kayaking, across the world from the Scottish highlands to the mountains and caves of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand.
A good introduction to sea kayaking abroad can be found through a week long trip through the Turkish Riveria, The Turquoise Coast. No kayaking experience is required, but a good level of fitness is essential.

Organised adventure holidays taking this route will tour the ancient Lycian, Roman and Byzantine ruins and include plenty of stops for swimming and refreshments.

John McE writes articles on a number of subjects including adventure travel and holidays. For more about active holidays see Travel Club Elite