River Stour in Kent

The River Stour in Kent is a river in the South East of England. Rising in the Kent countryside it flows east towards the sea, meandering in parts. It then enters the North Sea at Pegwell Bay, a stunning shingle beach with marshland and white cliffs lining breaking the skyline.…

River Duddon

Grade: 3-5 The Upper River Duddon is the highest graded section ranging from Grade 4 to 5 in high water. The middle and lower sections are generally considered Grade 3. A popular river with white water lovers, the Duddon can be found in the Lake District National Park. There are…

River Eden

Grade: 2-5 Note the River Eden section from Hellgill, which is as high as Grade 5 in high water but normally Grade 4. The rest of the Eden is generally Grade 2-3.  The Eden is a popular, fast flowing river, well known within the river running and white water fraternity.…

River Tone

A river in Somerset, the River Tone runs for 21 miles through beautiful countryside. It rises in the Brendon Hills and flows through to Clatworthy Reservoir. From here it flows through Taunton and sprawling countryside. The river ends when it flows into the River Parrett at Burrowbridge. The river was…

River Brue

The River Brue begins life in Brewham, Somerset and flows into the sea at Burnham-on-Sea, stretching for some 31 miles. It's a pretty little river with a slow flow, ideal for those looking to explore at a steady pace. Points of interest on the River Brue There are several points…

River Greta

Grade: 3 (4) The River Greta so impressed the poet Wordsworth he wrote a sonnet about it in 1823. It is a beautiful paddle through Cumbria but please note, restrictions are in place to protect the very special environmental qualities of the river. Classed as a Special Area of Conservation…

River Itchen

A simply stunning river in Hampshire, the River Itchen is a chalk stream river with plenty to offer in terms of history and wildlife. Only around 200 chalk streams are known globally, and 85% of these are found in the UK. They are a rare and delicate habitat, home to…

River Kent

Grade: 1-4 plus weirs The River Kent section from Scroggs Bridge to Burneside is Grade 2/3 (4) plus weirs.  From Burneside to Kendal is Grade 1-2 (take note of Gooseholme Weir). From Scroggs Weir to Sedgwick Bridge is Grade 4.  Popular with white water paddlers, the River Kent in Cumbria…

River Wey

Measuring 87 miles, the River Wey is a river in the South East of England. It forms where two streams join near Guildford, forming the Wey. It then meanders north and joins the River Thames at Weybridge. A superb river if you're looking for a picturesque paddle, the Wey has…

River Thames

Arguably the most famous river in England, the River Thames has played a vital part in the development of London as a capital city since Roman times. Measuring 215 mile long it is officially the longest river in England (that doesn’t cross country borders). The Thames is an important part…

River Mole

What an unusual name for a river, you might think. Well, the River Mole gets its name from the latin word ‘mola’, meaning mill. This river was once a popular route connecting many working mills back in the day. The oldest mill, Sidlow Mill, dates back to Saxon times! The…

River Yare

The River Yare is probably not one you’ve heard of unless you holiday regularly along the Norfolk Broads. This picturesque river rises in Dereham and flows towards Great Yarmouth before entering the North Sea. It boasts a wealth of wildlife and scenery from wherever you paddle it. The Yare is…

River Parrett

The River Parrett is a river in the South West of England, flowing through Dorset and Somerset. It rises in the hills around Chedington in Dorset, before flowing North West. It continues on from here to Burnham-on-Sea before flowing into Bridgwater Bay Nature Reserve and into the Bristol Channel. The…

River Avon in Bristol

The River Avon in Bristol, or Bristol Avon as it is also known, rises in South Gloucestershire. It then flows through Wiltshire, to Bath and the Severn Estuary. Although the river is only 13 miles from source to mouth, the river length is actually closer to 75 miles. Being wide…

River Avon in Warwickshire

One of the major tributaries of the River Severn, the River Avon (Warwickshire) is located in central England. Also known as the Warwickshire Avon or Shakespheare’s Avon, this 85 mile long river has a lot to offer the recreational paddler. It's a great river for a multi-day adventure with the…

River Taw

Grade: 4 Rising in Dartmoor and flowing towards the Bristol Channel, the River Taw is a 45 mile long stretch through Devon countryside. It flows through numerous small towns and villages, and as you paddle along you'll soak up typical countryside views. Think thatched roofs aplenty! The River Taw is…

River Teign

Grade: 2-3 If you are paddling the North River Teign, this is Grade 4+.  A popular river rising in Dartmoor, the River Teign in Devon measures 31 miles and flows from the hills of Dartmoor and into the English Channel at Teignmouth. The river becomes tidal at Newton Abbot, before…

River Esk

Grade: 2-3 (up to 4 in high water) Rising in the North Yorkshire moors and flowing east towards the North Sea at Whitby, the River Esk is a 28 mile long river in Yorkshire. It's the only river to flow east in Yorkshire. And, interestingly, the only river to not…

River Tyne

There aren’t many people who won’t have heard of the River Tyne. It’s an iconic river in the North East of England, stretching for 73 miles.  It is formed when the North Tyne meets the South Tyne, then becoming simply the River Tyne. You’ll be all too familiar with the…

River Kennet

The River Kennet is a river in the south of England and one of the many tributaries of the River Thames. The Kennet is a river popular with people practising their white water skills. It has good ‘starter’ playspots and small rapids along the route. Notably, Newbury is a good…

River Lune

Grade: 2-3 (4) The River Lune section from Tebay to Rawthey Confluence is Grade 3 but can reach Grade 4 in high waters. The rest of the river is Grade 2 with the Grade 3 rapids at Halton Rapids.  The 52-mile River Lune is a popular river in the North…

River East Lyn

Grade: Ranges from 3 - 5 The River East Lyn section from Malmsmean to Brendon is Grade 3. The sections from Brendon to Watersmeet and Watersmeet to the sea is Grade 4 - 5.  The River East Lyn is a popular paddling spot for white water paddlers running through Exmoor…

River Derwent in Derbyshire

Grade: 1-3 The River Derwent in Derbyshire is a beautifully scenic river cutting right through the heart of the Peak District. It drops down through the World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley, through Matlock and Cromford. From here it flows through to Derby before joining the River Trent further…

River Mersey

We all know you can get a ferry across the River Mersey, thanks to the 1965 classic, but you can also paddle it. The Mersey is an iconic river in the North West, and one of Liverpool's pride and joys. It is 70 miles long, rising in West Yorkshire and…

River Derwent in Yorkshire

The River Derwent in Yorkshire is a 71 mile long river popular with touring and white water paddlers. It rises in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, which is an incredible moorland with dense heathland and heather. There are several nature reserves along the river and as you paddle along,…

River Ouse in Sussex

The River Ouse in Sussex rises in Lower Beeding, West Sussex and empties into the English Channel at Newhaven in East Sussex. It’s a pretty, picturesque river with several designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) along the length of it. Interestingly, the river can be walked for almost its…

River Axe

The River Axe is river which runs through Dorset, Somerset and Devon. It rises in Dorset near Beaminster before flowing west. It then flows south by Axminster where it joins the English Channel at Axemouth. The 22-mile river is thought to get its name from the Latin take on the…

River Cuckmere

Flowing through East Sussex, the River Cuckmere provides a gentle paddle from source to sea. Rising near Heathfield in East Sussex, it reaches the English Channel at Cuckmere Haven. There are several reasons why you might head to the River Cuckmere for a gentle afternoon paddle. The river meanders through…

River Ribble

Grade: 1-5 There's a real range of paddling available on the River Ribble. Take note of the section from Helwith Bridge to Settle. This is the most changeable stretch, with levels ranging from Grade 3 to Grade 5+ in high waters. The rest of the River Ribble is generally Grade…

River Leven in Cumbria

Grade: 3-4 (can get as high as 5 in high water) The River Leven in Cumbria is a short river, falling within the historic boundaries of Lancashire. It flows from Windermere approximately 8 miles before emptying into Morecambe Bay. The river is popular with white water paddlers with the section…

River Rother in East Sussex

The River Rother in East Sussex is a 35 mile long river crossing East Sussex and Kent. It rises near Rotherfield in East Sussex and ends at Rye Bay where it joins the English Channel. The river has been used as a navigation since Roman times and no licence is…

River Derwent in Cumbria

Grade: 2 (3) The River Derwent in Cumbria is a relatively short river and a popular spot for whitewater paddlers. There are several sections of grade 1-2+ rapids all along the river. It rises in the heart of the Lake District and flows generally North West in a curve. From…

River Trent

Grade: 1 (up to 2 in parts in high waters) The 3rd longest river in the UK at 185 miles long, the River Trent is one of the major rivers in the Midlands. The river rises in the Staffordshire moors and flows through much of the midlands and most of…

River Great Ouse

The “King of all Ouse’s,” the River Great Ouse runs for a whopping 143 miles! Starting life near Syresham and flowing through East Anglia, the river passes through the historic market town of Kings Lynn before entering the Wash. It has been historically important for trade but post-industrial revolution has…