British Canoeing
National Go Canoeing Week
National Go Canoeing Week dates

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National Go Canoeing Week is our annual celebration of all things paddlesport.

There are lots of fun ways for you to take part. The miles you paddle will help to propel MacGregor, the British Canoeing mascot, on his journey around the UK and on to Rio and the Olympics.

Join the Journey and log the miles you paddle to help us reach our target of 30,000 miles!

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National Water Sports Centre

Holme Pierrepont – Opened in 1986 and set in 270 acres of countryside. The centre has hosted international events in slalom, freestyle and white water racing.


Northern Ireland’s National Centre for canoeing activities. It has a history as an outdoor activity centre reaching back to 1961 and offers courses over a wide range of paddle sport disciplines.

Lough Erne

Located in County Fermanagh. The Lough boasts the first canoe trail in the UK spanning both Upper and Lower Lough Erne. There are many clubs and providers in the area.

Loch Awe

The longest freshwater loch in Scotland at 25 miles long. Located in the Argyll and Bute area of Scotland, Loch Awe is also part of the Go Canoeing three lakes challenge.

Pinkston Watersports

Scotland’s only artificial white water course. Located near Glasgow the centre offers unique, urban watersports facilities to groups and individuals.

Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala)

The longest lake in Wales at 3.7 miles long. Located in the Gwynedd area of Wales, Llyn Tegid is also part of the Go Canoeing three lakes challenge.

Plas Y Brenin

The National Mountain Centre in Snowdonia has been running for almost 60 years. It provides a wide range of paddle sport courses and has its own, on site, accommodation.


The longest lake in England at 11 miles long. Windermere, in the Lake District, is part of the Go Canoeing Three Lakes Challenge.

Tees Barrage

International White Water Centre built in 1995. Uses Archimedes Screws to pump water around the course and generate electricity. Photo Credit: David Turnbull

Bude, Cornwall

A diverse place to paddle. Not only are there canals and lakes but it is also a great base for sea and surf kayaking. The Black Rock Surf Kayak festival has been held here since 2002.

Lee Valley White Water Course

Created specifically for the London 2012 Olympics, Lee Valley is now used for rafting and paddling activities. It also recently hosted the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Royal Canoe Club

The oldest Canoe Club in the world – it celebrates its 150th birthday this year! It was founded by our mascot’s namesake, John MacGregor, in 1866.


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Official partners

A special thanks to all the clubs, centres and partners involved: