Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:16
If you're looking for a new challenge this summer get on the water and join The Big Adventure!
National Go Canoeing Week runs during the half-term holiday from 27 May – 4 June. Events and paddling adventures are being held, by Clubs and Centres, up and down the country, for people of all ages and abilities to have a go.
Whether you're after a solo challenge or a new hobby for the whole family to enjoy, National Go Canoeing Week will be packed with loads of canoeing, kayaking activities to keep you and the kids entertained.
If you're already a paddling fan and want to push yourself with a new endeavour, this is the perfect time to train up and take something big on!
"National Go Canoeing Week is the Olympic-inspired British Canoeing initiative which aims to get everyone out on the water having fun." said Jenny Spencer, Go Canoeing Development Manager at British Canoeing. "It is designed to provide a real focal point, attracting new people into the sport and stimulating those who really like a challenge to think big and achieve something special.
"Our theme this year is The Big Adventure and we'd like as many people as possible to join in and help us get to our target of 30,000 miles paddled during the week. When people register their miles there is the chance for their picture to be featured on the front page of the website and there are prizes for the most miles paddled."
This year British Canoeing has also partnered with Cancer Research UK, so you can raise money for a great cause while having a big adventure on the water. So get your fundraising thinking caps on, get sponsored and help us reach our target of £30,000!
There will be hundreds of starter sessions, run for novices, where participants can just turn up and get a feel for what paddling is all about. All the necessary equipment be provided and you can contribute to the mileage target.
Alternatively, you could tackle one of the British Canoeing Challenge Paddles and take in the scenery of the beautiful British waterways. There are challenges of a one, two or six miles, or perhaps you want to do the big one, The Three Lakes Challenge.
If you want to make a weekend of it you could even discover fantastic places to paddle across the UK. The River Wye and Lake District have a wide variety of events and hire opportunities. Spend the weekend in a cosy B&B, visit friends or give canoe camping a go.
Local events can be found on the National Go Canoeing Week website, check http://www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk/ for full details of the events and guided tours nearby.