Canoeing and Kayaking

Exmoor provides some great opportunities for canoeists of all abilities both inland and at sea.

Wimbleball Lake, near Brompton Regis offers a range of options and full on-site facilities.

There is no general permission to canoe on Exmoor’s non-tidal inland rivers but it is allowed during winter on some sections of the River Barle and East Lyn subject to water level restrictions. Both of these rivers are protected by law for their special wildlife.

Information on canoeing on the River Barle

Information on Canoeing on the River Lyn

Sea Kayaking

Some of the most spectacular parts of Exmoor are along its 35 miles of coastline, many of which are inaccessible by foot. Sea kayaking can open up a whole new world of possibilities, and allow you to discover the beauty of Exmoor from the quiet of the sea. However, the impressive tidal range of the Bristol Channel can make taking to the water incredibly dangerous. It is vital that when out to explore on the water, you have a thorough understanding of the tides, the weather, and have the skills to avoid getting in to trouble. Take a look the RNLI's tips on staying safe when sea kayaking.

Never venture out on the sea alone. There are some brilliant activity providers on Exmoor who can supply you with local knowledge of the sea, as well as guided trips of the coastline to get the most out of your trips.

Useful Links

Exmoor Canoe Club

Exmoor Adventure (opens in new window)

Channel Adventure