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Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

Lake Vyrnwy is a reservoir in Powys, Wales. To launch you kayak it will cost you £4.50 for the day. You will be issued with a flag and a whistle from the boat house. You are restricted to a certain area of the reservoir, nevertheless, its still a pretty decent size areas for beginners to paddle on. You can’t launch your kayak unless someone is manning the boat house. Bethania Adventure provide kayaks & canoes if you don’t have your own, buoyancy aids are provided & wetsuit are also available to hire. How to get there: From Llanfyllin, take the B4393...

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Horseshoe Lake, Hampshire

I took my cub-scout group there one evening and to see 25 kids having one whale of a laugh for a couple of hours was fantastic. Strongly recommended How to get there: It is hiden away a bit round the back of Sandhurst, Hampshire. See their specific website for extra details Facilities: Rental of equipment Good size car park Snack/tuck shop Changing facilities Begineers area, protected from the main lake as well Hazards: Other users! Can get very busy on occasion Ins and Outs: Several entry points anf a jetty Notes: Great enthusiastic tuition. Not really for advanced paddlers, unless you just fancy a quick paddle and are in the area Overview: A great little site which caters for beginners and youngsters in particular. Sit-ons, stand up paddlers, rowboats and the like are available for easy hire. Location: Horseshoe Lake  IMAGES COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT TO Don Cload...

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Lopwell Dam, Lopwell Wood, Devon

Lopwell Dam is a large weir that’s situated on the River Tavy and it’s possible to drop down the flowing slope in your boat. At certain times the water cascading down the weir will give you a hefty shove while at lower waters you’ll be scraping the rocks with your kayak. The weir at Lopwell is a good introduction to white water/river paddling that closed cockpit boaters regularly participate in. Unless the water is particular strong flowing, it’s perfectly applicable to the sit on kayaking crowd. Even though it’s hardly the most extreme drop in the world, it’s still good fun to huck yourself over the ledge. Designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) due to abundant wildlife that frequents the area, Lopwell is a big draw for many. Outdoor enthusiasts visit the site for various activities – the area wouldn’t handle too many boaters and the peace and tranquillity would be severely disrupted with large crowds of paddlers. For those looking at covering a bit of distance then Lopwell Dam to Stonehouse is a pretty good route. Launch off the slipway next to the dam and then go with the tide under the multi arch bridge that bears left. You’ll end up close to Devonport Dockyard where there’s a lot of heavy boat traffic that you’ll need to steer clear of. You’ll also pass Torpoint ferry terminal...

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Sandy-beach bay

Sandy beach is serviced by two caravan/camp sites; one has its own launching runway they both also launch from the beach. The only drawback is that jet skis also use the area, but have found them to show consideration and giveaway to sail and paddle powered boats How to get there: A55 towards Holyhead, turn right at Valley and down single-track lanes to the caravan/camp sites. Facilities: Both sites have site shops, one has a small bar and restaurant, the other has a heated swimming pool for inclement days Hazards: Jet skis and the bow wave from the Holyhead Dublin ferry Ins and Outs: see description Notes: for site details visit http://www.penrhynbay.com/ Overview: A Sheltered mile long beach, only used by two caravan/camp sites so never gets crowded. Plenty of small coves and two seaweed-covered islands to explore below high tide. Location: Sandy Beach Bay  IMAGES COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT TO Dave...

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Uig, Isle of Skye, Inverness

Uig Bay is a sheltered inlet of on the west coast of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. How to get there: Ferry from mainland to Stornaway. Facilities: Toilets and changing at Reef beach nearby, local community shop in Uig. Hazards: Be aware of tides and weather subject to change at will. Ins and Outs: Little harbour in the lovely village of Cnip (English – Kneep) or just launch off any white sandy beach. Overview: The stunning beaches and little harbours are an ideal place to launch for a bit of island exploring or maybe a little bit of surf action, my personal favourite is the little island of Pabbay Mor, uninhabited with it’s own special lagoon and even a giant stone arch. Takes a bit of effort to paddle to the lagoon but well worth the effort, you may see seals porpoises and maybe the odd basking shark along the way. Location:  IMAGES COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT TO Elizabeth Veitch Pelle Sten Neil Williamson  LOCAL INFORMATION WEBSITES Uig Isle of...

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