Links

Welcome to the links page. Here you will find links to many useful sites related to canoeing.
Simply select a category from the drop down menu below to see sites within that category. Select 'All' to see all the sites in the database.

If you know of a site and think it should be added to our database, then click the link below to submit the site

River Guides and Levels:

UK Rivers Guidebook (UKRGB)
The definitive resource for river guides for the whole of the UK. Also includes a very active forum with discussions on all aspects of paddling

Environment Agency River Levels
The EA has allowe the public access to their river guage information. Information is usually updated early in a morning, so check your river levels here before you leave

Rainchasers
The Rainchasers website uses data from the EA guages to determine if a river level is empty/low/medium/high/spate as well as some basic information about each river.

Where's the Water (Scotland)
If your out and about paddling in Scotland, use this great tool which uses SEPA river guages to show you which rivers have some water in

Shops

Robin Hood Watersports
Our local canoeing shop in Heckmondwike. Dont forget to mention you are a Leeds Canoe Club member to recieve your 10% discount!

Brookbank Canoes
The largest supplier of canoes, kayaks and equipment in the UK. Shops in Stockport, London, Lancaster, Warwickshire, Perth and Carlisle.

Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures is based near to the National White Water Sports centre in Nottingham. The perfect place to demo some boats!

Coaches / Training

Kelvin Horner Coaching
Kelvin is passionate about taking the style and grace of white water canoes and applying it to the coaching of any white water paddling. OC1, C1 or white water kayak the choice is yours: the fundamentals are the same. Kelvin is also a club and committee member, so keep an eye out for him at our sessions!

Paul Bull Coching
Paul is a passionate BCU UKCC Level 3 Coach and 5 Star Leader offering advice and expertise for over 18 years in both Kayak and Canoe disciplines. He offers a range of BCU courses and bespoke coaching sessions all tailored to your needs and your development pathway. Paul is also a previous member of the club and is well known to many of our members

Gene17 Kayaking
Gene17 run every paddling course you can think of, but their speciality is in guided tours and coaching in some of the worlds premier whitewater destiations such as Norway, Nepal, Val Sesia, Corisca, Grand Canyon and Chile, to name but a few. If you want to push your boating to the top level, give Gene17 a look

Artificial White Water Courses

Lee Valley
The new whitewater centre created for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Includes the grade 3/4 Olympic Course and the grade 2/3 Leagcy course. Please note that to paddle here you need to be a member of Lee Valley which requires you to pass an assessment first. Please book yourself in for an assessment before you visit for the first time! The olympic course is great for people confident on grade 3+ water and the legacy is great for people comfortable on grade 2+/3 water

Canolfan Tryweryn
Not strictly an artifical course, more of a river that has been "engineered" for paddling. The main centre has a great selection of rapids from grade 2 to grade 4, while the lower Tryweryn is a nice grade 2+/3 run with Bala Mill Falls for the more ambitious paddler. The river is controlled by dam release but runs most weekends of the year. Check the website for release

Washburn
The River Washburn, a tributary of the Wharfe, and the four large reservoirs of the Washburn Valley, provide the main water supply catchment area for Leeds. Except during water releases, the river joining the reservoirs is normally dry and canoeing impossible.  On about 30 days in the year, water releases for canoeing purposes are made from Thruscross Reservoir into Fewston Reservoir. Events at Washburn currently include Wednesday evening and weekend cruises, slalom, freestyle and wild water racing. Rapids are fast flowing grade 2/3

Tees Barrage International Whitewater Centre
Recently renovated, the TBIWWC original course has now been made deeper, and a new short course introduced which is the steepest artificial course in the UK. Powered by 4 new archimedes screws, thecourse can now run at all times of the day (it was previously limited by the tides). A great course for intermediate paddlers happy on grade 2/3 water

Holme Pierrpont (Nottingham)
The National White Water Sports Centre is in Nottingham is home to a 700m long white water course as well as practice lakes and a full length rowing lake. Former home of the UK Canoe Slalom team and still the home of UK freestyle. Great for paddlers who are comfortable on grade 3 water

 

Cardiff International White Water Course

A new course build in the Cardiff bay area. Releasing anywhere between 4 and 10 cumecs, this course can offer a great introcution to grade 3 rapids and a real blast to the more experienced members on a full 10 cumec release. Check the website for opening times and release information. Great for padlers comfortable on grade 3.

Nene Whitewater Centre
Situated near Northampton, this was the first pumped whitewater course in the UK. Its 300m long course is great for for the beginner/intermediate paddler with its grade 2/3 rapids.

Clubs

White Rose Canoe Club
White Rose Canoe Club is based in Leeds and has around 150 members, making it one of Yorkshire's largest canoe clubs. They offer a wide range of events aimed mainly for families.

Pennine Canoe Club
Pennine are a small competitive and recreational canoe club offering most canoe/kayak disciplines from a number of venues in and around Huddersfield & Dewsbury

Leeds University Union Club (LUUCC)
One of the most active student clubs in the country. You dont even need to be a student to join, just the willingness to act like one!

York Canoe Club
An active club based in and around York

British Canoe Union

British Canoe Union
Set up in 1936 to send a team to the Berlin Olympics, the British Canoe Union (BCU) is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. Since then the organisation has grown considerably, and the range of canoeing opportunity has increased tremendously.
The BCU is the umbrella organisation for Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Canoeing Association.

YORCIE Website
The Yorkshire Division of the BCU looking after all paddlesports in our region.

 

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