Most of our canoeing sessions are run on Semerwater, North Yorkshire's largest natural lake, and just a 12 minute drive from Low Mill Outdoor Centre.
We have a fleet of open canoes, which allows for flexibility in the way the canoes are used. They can be paddled by two or three people per canoe, or for groups that would struggle to control an open canoe, they can be rafted together in pairs. These rafted canoes are much easier to paddle and control, even if it's windy and can easily carry 6 people. Rafts are also very accessible for less able people, as they provide a very stable platform from which to experience canoeing and water sports. The virtual tour of Semerwater shows a canoeing session in progress, where the canoes have been rafted together to make two rafts.
Occasionally, during appropriate weather and water levels, we can use our canoes on small stretches of moving water, on the river Swale or River Ure. These moving water canoe trips are more appropriate for groups that have some experience of canoeing, as they need a certain level of skill in a canoe to make these trips enjoyable and safe.
All of the instructors that run canoeing sessions are appropriatly qualified and hold British Canoe Union qualifications.
Low Mill is a BCU approved Centre.
British Canoe Union awards can be arranged on a group basis or by joining an open course.
BCU award courses available range from: