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Welcome to PaddlePoints Waterways. These pages focus on individual bodies of water across the UK. On this page you'll find a map, launches, routes, licensing information, paddle trail downloads, services, and more about one particular river or canal. For the full PaddlePoints with search bar follow this link.

PaddlePoints can be accessed without creating a free account, but registering will allow you to map your own public and private routes on this waterway. You will also be able to comment on others' points, upload images, and create Personal Information Markers to receive updates about new routes and points.

You can use the buttons above to access map information on other waterways. Simply toggle the waterway to display it. If you do, note that the content surrounding the map area will remain the same. Use the green file icon next to the toggle if you want to open another dedicated river or canal page with relevant licensing information.

Use the icon above to access the legend. All map points, rivers, and canals information will appear in this section here. Click or tap a point on the map to display the information. Actual routes will appear on the map.

Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Just to the west of the 3,000+ feet Helvellyn mountain, the Thirlmere reservoir provides an excellent opportunity to go paddling. Plus you could always double up, as it’s one of the popular walking sites in the Lake District. Paddle and hike anyone!

Thirlmere provides some of Manchester’s water supply, and at 3 miles long, it is a large lake also providing plenty to explore.

Surrounded by thick coniferous forest, the lake sits in the crevice, providing panoramic views as you paddle through the peaceful lake.

Remember, parts of the Lake District lakes can be quite exposed. As with lakes such as Windermere, ensure you’ve planned your route if you’re going touring on Thirlmere.

Plan ahead with the weather and be well prepared for a day on the water. You can find more information on paddling safely here.