Kayaks, Canoes and Rowing Boats in Devon
One wonderful and interesting way to explore Devon is via the waterways, and there are fewer ways better than taking a kayak. Anyone - whatever their age or ability - can enjoy a gentle paddle on a Devon river – or perhaps go further and try or an exciting rapid descent. For those looking for something a little more contained, there are also lakes and reservoirs, and many estuaries where you can complete a route using the river, through the estuary and back up another river.
If you don’t have your own equipment, or could do with some instruction, just seek out one of the many local businesses who can help. To find a well-regarded, accredited company just check out our list below.
3 great places to Kayak in Devon
The River Dart: This ancient river flows from the heights of Dartmoor through woodland to the sea at Totnes, and through stunning locations. The kayaking ranges from white water for advanced kayakers on the Upper Dart, to gentle waters down near the sea.
The River Torridge: Set off from the steps at 'Little America' - a layby about 3/4 mile out of Bideford on the Torrington Road. For a short paddle go up as far as the old iron railway bridge, then just before it turn right up the river Yeo, where if you’re lucky you might see kingfishers. To extend your paddle carry on as far as the tidal limit at Weare Gifford before turning back.
Roadford Lake: One of the biggest and busiest inland waters in the South West, Roadford Lake on Dartmoor has a fantastic activity centre where you can hire canoes and paddleboards - or even try your hand at sailing with an instructor team. Once on the water, you’ll be able to enjoy a range of natural habitats on its shores including culm grasslands, woodlands, old pastures and orchards. Dormice and bat boxes, bird hides and buzzards help to make this an environment which is humming with wildlife.