Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddleboarding in Gloucestershire

Visitors to Gloucestershire can enjoy various water sports in the waterways of the county. These range from canoeing on the River Wye to sailing at the Cotswold water park. There are options for people of all abilities, from novices to experts. Why not learn a new skill while on the county’s waterways? The River Wye, in particular, has many companies catering for beginners.

Water Sports Activities in Gloucestershire

Kayaking in the Wye Valley
Kayaking in the Wye Valley

There are opportunities to take part in a good deal of water-based activities in the county. Canoeing or Kayaking is a popular option in solo or groups. Some places even allow you to ride with a dog in the boat for a dog-friendly adventure. Paddleboarding is a fun activity offered in a few activity centres locally and looks great fun.

Way2Go Adventures in the Forest of Dean

The team at Way2Go Adventures in the Forest of Dean offers a range of water sports options for people to enjoy. They cater to guests of all abilities and can also provide team building days. Way2Go Adventures guide you and your group on many adventurous activities in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley. They provide activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft, Nordic Walking, Rafting and other team pursuits. One of the most popular activities is the canoe and kayak trips along the River Wye.

View From Bridge

Way2Go cater for your needs, including for those trying something for the first time, looking to improve existing skills or simply want a fun day out. Qualified instructors run all of their activities. If you are looking to try canoeing or kayaking in the Wye Valley with some friends, this is the place to contact.

Ross on Wye Canoe Hire

Ross-On-Wye Canoe Hire rents out a fleet of open-top Canadian canoes for guided and self-guided​ journeys. They also provide team-building sessions and leisurely days. The River Wye plays host to an array of wildlife and has gentle sections for beginners. However, there are rougher waters for more experienced canoeists looking for a challenge.

Ross on Wye Canoe Hire

Visitors can enjoy a full-day canoe trip on the river Wye. Starting from Ross on Wye heading downstream to Symonds Yat or also further. You can book this adventure through Ross on Wye Canoe Hire.

Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Forest of Dean

way to go paddle boarding

Enjoy a Two Hour Stand Up Paddleboarding Experience for One or Two at Way2Go Adventures, Way2Go adventures is a Wye Valley-based, family-run business operating intrepid excursions focused on the surrounding natural scenery. This includes options for canoeing, kayaking, raft building and Nordic walking.

Sailing and More at Lake 32 at Cotswold Water Park

Lake 32 Outdoor Centre is at Cotswold Water Park. They provide activities for companies, schools & other Organisations. They help visitors to take part in Windsurfing, Raft building, sailing, Kayaking, and canoeing.

Fishing in Gloucestershire

However, for a more leisurely option near rivers or lakes, Gloucestershire has many options for you to enjoy fishing.

Further Reading

Canoeists’ guide to the River Wye

A guide about the River Wye and River Lugg, this downloadable resource includes details of the following; Conservation of wildlife, navigation and recreational advice, The Rivers Wye and Lugg navigation, Canoeing on the River Wye, Canoe hire and instruction, General guidance for all river users, fishing seasons, launching and landing, maps, accommodation & Tourist information centres. Download Guide…