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Canoeing in the Yorkshire Dales

Treat yourself to an open water voyage. You will be led by an instructor on Scar House Reservoir in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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How Stean Gorge has sole rights to use Yorkshire Water's Scar House Reservoir. This makes it the ideal place to learn canoeing and have fun with friends. Master the art of the open canoe as you are taught the skills required to pilot your craft. All our canoeing sessions are led by a friendly British Canoe Union qualified instructor. It is ideal for anyone over the age of 7 years.  No experience is necessary. All safety equipment is provided.

Canoeing and Wildlife

Enjoy the stunning scenery and natural wilderness of this special area as you paddle your canoe and attempt to stay dry! See how many different types of wildlife you can spot from your privileged position on the water.  There are many different kinds of raptor that circle the skies above Scar House. Keep your eyes peeled you never know what you might spot!

Canoeing Expeditions and River Trips

Multiday canoe expeditions and river trips can also be provided for groups of 8 or more. A typical trip takes place along the River Ure and River Ouse taking in the scenery from Ripon to York.  Ideal for friends and family groups, hen do and stag do parties and school and college groups.

What's the difference between canoeing and kayaking?

Kayaking is using a boat where the paddler faces forward with the paddlers legs in front of them using double bladed paddles.  Some kayaks have closed decks.  Cock pit and 'sit on top' kayaks have open areas.  In canoeing the paddler either sits or kneels and uses a one bladed paddle. More information can be found by visiting the wikihow 'how to tell the difference between a canoe and a kayak' pages.

The Big 5 - Multi Activity Day - Let's make it a full day of adventure

Canoeing is part of our 'Big 5 - Multi outdoor activity adventure day' . You take part in 5 activities all in one day. This includes Gorge walkingAbseilingCaving and the Ultimate Via Ferrata.  Lunch is provided in our own licensed restaurant.

After your canoeing adventure, fresh up in our great facilities

Hot family sized showers, changing facilities and restaurant all at How Stean Gorge.  You can enjoy your canoeing and return to freshen up as soon as the activity is over.  There is also a 3 star campsite if you want to take part in our outdoor weekend adventure package.

Start times

Sessions at 09.30 am or 2pm daily, in addition to these we also run sessions Friday & Saturday evening for groups only 6pm - 9pm at a special price of £400. Please arrive roughly 30mins early to complete medical forms.

Great facilities, Just a stones throw away from our activities.......

What our customers thought about us:

The staff were so friendly and attentive, nothing was too much trouble and they tried to accommodate everything we asked.                                    Canoeing, Mrs G, Harrogate

Canoeing FAQs

What do I need to bring?

Wear comfortable clothes. We supply all safety equipment. You are not guaranteed to keep dry so bring a towel and change of clothes for after the activity.

Can I take the whole family?

Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. Spectators can watch from the shore, there is also plenty for younger children to do at How Stean Gorge providing they are accompanied by an adult.

Is it safe?

Yes. All our activities are supervised by our highly trained and experienced instructors.