Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding

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Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding the Broads

With freedom to move on your own terms and a different perspective on the beauty of the Broads, intrepid explorers should consider taking to the waters by this less conventional craft. As some of the fastest growing watersports canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding in the calm waters of the Broads are suitable for all ages.

Experience wildlife like never before while uncovering the hidden corners of the Broads, set deep in the heart of the waterland.  And discover the many nooks, crannies and otherwise inaccessible areas out of view from both passing pedestrians and larger pleasure boats.

With exceptional views and a vast array of flourishing flora and fauna, some being unique to The Broads National Park, these thriving waterways and landscapes are best explored up close.

Kayaking the Broads
Kayaking at Strumpshaw Fen

Anyone from a first timer, all the way up to an experienced enthusiast can take part. Whether you want to enrol in a half day trail, or complete a 3-day bushcraft camp, there’s an adventure to be had out here for everyone.

And with a variety of canoe, kayak and paddleboard hire centres, you can choose a trail based on its length and location to best suit you.

Do I need a licence?

If you are a member of British Canoeing you are licensed to canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard on any of the Broads Authority waterways including the main rivers and associated broads and dykes without the need to pay a toll on your craft.

If you are not a member of the BCU you will require either a Broads Authority short visit toll or an annual toll (depending on how frequently you plan on using the waterways).

There are canoe launching points throughout the Broads.

Canoe and kayak trails

Canoeing on the Broads
Explore the Broads by canoe

The Broads has hundreds of kilometres of navigable waterways to explore and what better way to get into the action than by canoe. We have over ten different canoe trails, ranging from short paddles to all day excursions, and have created handy guides for you that provide maps and more essential information.

You can find more canoe, kayak and paddleboard events in our boating listings.