Beautiful places for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding around Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire
There are some great spots to get on the water around the Midlands.
You can kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboarding through the heart of Birmingham city center to the beautiful Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside.
Not only is it a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy some peace and quiet, but it’s also great for keeping in shape.
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Some of our favorite places are outdoor adventure centers, water parks, heritage centers and more.
Many of these places sell out quickly, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment, and remember to stay home if you are showing symptoms of Covid.
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Here is a chance to see Birmingham from a totally different point of view! Head to Roundhouse Birmingham to join a kayaking tour to explore the local canal system.
The National Trust has partnered with the Canal & River Trust to bring one of the city’s most scenic spots back to life with the help of £ 3million heritage funding and a kayak excursion.
A guide will take you through the city by water along the James Brindley First Canal towards the International Convention Center, The Cube, The Mailbox and Gas Street Basin.
Plus, no previous experience is required to participate in this three-mile tour.
Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE
The Grand Union Canal runs through the Acker site, making it a great place to get out on the water.
Great for beginners, you can get started canoeing at Ackers in open canoes that can accommodate one to three people, making them ideal for small groups of people who want to try something new.
Kayaking is also available – both for beginners and more advanced paddlers.
You can book individual and family lessons. And on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer months there’s Go Paddling, which costs £ 14 per person and includes all instructions and equipment.
Suitable for people from 8 years old and for all levels, you can try your hand at canoeing or kayaking during these sessions.
Golden Hillock Road, Birmingham, B11 2PY
Hereford canoe rental
You can take half-day canoe trips with Hereford Canoe Hire on a stretch billed as ‘the quieter stretch of the Wye’.
The journey from Lucksall to Hoarwithy includes gentle rapids, swift turns and spectacular scenery, before ending on the gravel beach at the Hereford Canoe Hire base at Tresseck campsite.
There is also the Journey from Hereford to Lucksall which goes in the Cathedral City of Hereford under bridges and across the countryside.
These three-hour trips sell out quickly, so it’s best to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Hoarwithy, Hereford HR2 6QH
The Edgbaston Reservoir is a huge 70-acre site of mostly open water surrounded by woods and meadows.
Here you will find Edgbaston Watersports where you can go canoeing and kayaking, as well as sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
Head to the reservoir off Icknield Port Road to find this center.
Icknield Port Road, Birmingham, B16 0AA
There are double and triple kayaks for rent from Aztec Adventure as well as standard single sit-on top kayaks.
You can also rent paddle boards here and take paddle courses accredited by British Canoeing.
The park, in Upton Warren, also includes an Aquaglide water park filled with slides, trampolines, climbing walls, ropes and springboards for splashing around with friends.
You can also rent kayaks at Atzec Adventure’s Lower Moor site, near Fladbury.
Worcester Road, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7ER
Salters Lane, Lower Moor, Worcester, WR10 2PD
Bosworth Water Park
You can try canoeing during special introductory sessions at Bosworth Water Park. If you like it, there are CU One-Star and BCU Two-Star canoe courses.
There are also possibilities for sailing, kayaking and motor boating lessons.
Bosworth is famous for its Blue Lagoon Beach which brings the seaside inland and is great for buckets and spades. Here you can rent pedal boats, play in the Black Pearl playground and play a round of pirate mini-golf. Camping is available if you want to make it a weekend.
Wellsborough Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 6PD
From an hour spent paddling in a kayak to an advanced canoeing and kayaking course, the Cotswold Water Park offers plenty of opportunities for all skill levels and ages.
You can also paddle, sail, wakeboard, water ski, windsurf and rent a boat and inflatables here.
There is also a beautiful beach and a huge water park with floating obstacles.
Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester GL7 6DF
In the breathtaking setting of Cliff Lakes, you can learn Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) here, as well as wakeboard and water ski.
There’s also a huge water park where you can bounce, slide, swing, balance, and climb as you work your way through the floating obstacle course.
There is a large viewing platform and you can buy drinks and snacks.
Tamworth Road, Cliff, Tamworth B78 2DL
Spot on Wake
You can paddle and wakeboard at Spot on Wake in Henley-in-Arden.
There is also a water park with a balance beam and a water trampoline, as well as plenty of climbing and jumping possibilities. And, if you want to make it a weekend getaway, Wootton Park is home to the UK’s first tree pods with hot tubs.
Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6HH
Royal Sutton Coldfield Canoe Club
You can canoe every Saturday afternoon with the Royal Sutton Coldfield Canoe Club and Wednesday evenings from April to the end of September.
To try it out, you can become a day member for £ 7 and enjoy two hours of canoeing and all the kit. If you like it, you can purchase an annual membership and pay a nominal rental fee for all equipment.
Silver Street, Brownhills, Walsall, WS8 6DZ
Kids as young as five can try their hand at Kata Canoeing in Conkers near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
This huge activity park is full of things to do, including bush survival, go-karting, archery, high and low ropes, barefoot walking, and a fairy maze.
Chemin Rawdon (B586), Moira, Nr. Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA
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