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Pick up a paddle and explore Britain in an open boat on these fantastic canoe trails…

Canoeing

1. CALEDONIAN CANAL

What: A four- or five-day, 96-kilometre (60-mile), coast-to-coast canoe odyssey through Scotland’s epic Great Glen, crossing Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, paddling from Fort William to Inverness (or visa versa).

Why: Stunning landscapes, wild loch-side camping, plenty of history and good facilities along the way.

greatglencanoetrail.info

2. THE RIVER WYE

What: Britain’s fifth-longest river rises in Wales and flows into England along a picturesque route, resplendent with wildlife and history.

Why: You can paddle 73.5 kilometres (46 miles) all the way from Glasbury to Symonds Yat over five days, or break it into sections. The first part, between Glasbury to Ross-on-Wye, offers more family-friendly paddling, while the last day, Symonds Yat to Monmouth features more rapids.

canoethewye.co.uk

3. THE NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK BROADS

What: A national park encompassing 60 broads, ranging from little lakes to huge expanses of water such as Hickling Broad. Why: Explore over 200 kilometres (125 miles) of navigable waterways amid Britain’s largest protected wetland, jam-packed with wildlife and eye candy views.

canoethebroads.co.uk

4. THE THAMES

What: From its scenic origins in the Cotswolds, right through the big smoke and out to sea, the Thames wends through miles of traditional English countryside and cityscape.

Why: Many sections of England’s most famous river offer excellent and safe canoeing conditions, with riverside campsites along the way. Pick a stretch – such as Cricklade to Lechlade, or Oxford to Windsor – or trace the entire 295-kilometre (184-mile) Thames Path.

thamescanoes.com

5. ULLSWATER CANOE TRAIL

What: Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District.

Why: If you don’t fancy a multi-day trip, try paddling this one-day, 10-kilometre super scenic classic along the most interesting puddle in the Lakes.

edenriverstrust.org.uk

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