British Canoeing and Canoe Clubs

The British Canoe Union was first formed in 1936. Then in 2000 they federalised to become the umbrella organisation covering the home nation associations in Wales (Canoe Wales), Scotland (Scottish Canoe Association), and Northern Ireland (Canoe Association Northern Ireland). With British Canoeing still being the membership body for England.

Joining British Canoeing (or the home nations associations) gives lots of membership benefits, including:

  • A British Waterways Small Boat License providing you with access to over 4,500km of UK waterways. (normally costing £53)
  • Combined Liability Insurance providing for legal liability cover following negligence, nuisance or trespass. Also designed to support Coaches deliver guidance and advice.
  • Latest paddler news and advice, including the ever popular Canoe Focus magazine.
  • Access to very good savings on individual or multi craft boat insurance. Covers canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.
  • Supporting British Canoeing’s Access and Environment Charter - Clear Access, Clear Waters - a campaign which sets out a vision to confirm access to the rivers and inland waters of England whilst protecting the environment.

For general details of canoe sport, have a look at the British Canoeing and Go Paddling sites. For local details refer to the British Canoeing South West site.

Below is a list of local clubs for canoeing (affiliated to British Canoeing).

ADJ Canoe Club - Gloucestershire


Axe Vale Canoe Club - Devon

Bideford Canoe Club - North Devon

Bradford on Avon Canoe Club - Wiltshire

Bristol Canoe Club - Avon

Bude Canoe Club - North Cornwall


Cheltenham Canoe Club - Gloucestershire

Chippenham Sailing and Canoe Club - Wiltshire

Dartmouth Yacht Club Canoe Section - South Devon

Devizes Canoe Club - Wiltshire

Dorset Disabled Canoe Club - Christchurch, Dorset

Exeter Canoe Club - East Devon

Falmouth Canoe Club - Cornwall

Fowey River Canoe Club - Cornwall

Frome Canoe Club - Somerset

Gloucester Canoe Club - Gloucestershire

Griffon Canoe Club - Bristol, N E Somerset


Hayle Canoe Club - West Cornwall

Highworth Canoe Club - Swindon

Ibex Canoe Club - Brixham & Torbay, South Devon

King Edward VI College - Kingsbridge, Devon

North Avon Canoe Club - North Bristol

Paignton Canoe Club - South Devon

Penzance Canoe Club - West Cornwall

Poole Harbour Canoe Club - Dorset

Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association - Plymouth, Devon

Plymouth & Saltash Canoe Club -Saltash, Devon

Ringwood Canoe Club - Hampshire

Salisbury Canoe Club- Wiltshire

South Avon Canoe Club - Bristol, North Somerset

Southbourne Canoe Club - Dorset

St Austell Canoe Club - Cornwall


Stonehenge & Pewsey Canoe Club - North East Somerset


Stour valley Canoe Club - Poole Dorset

Stroud Valley Canoe Club - Gloucestershire

Sutton Bingham & District Canoe Club - Yeovil, Somerset

Swindon and District Canoe Club - Swindon


Tamar Canoe Association - East Cornwall

Taunton Canoe Club - Somerset

Teignbridge Canoe Club - South Devon

Thames Wey Canoe Club - London


Totnes Canoe Club - South Devon

Wellington Kayak Club - Somerset


Weymouth Canoe Lifeguards - Dorset

Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club - Pershore, Worcestershire