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Waterways á la Carte 

You don't have to paddle rivers to enjoy a canoeing adventure.

The British inland waterways network covers over 2000m (3000km) of placid man-made and improved waterways. These waterways are ideal for canoe touring, offering considerable variety; including canals built in a bygone industrial age, now used mainly for recreation, and some rivers which have been made navigable to larger craft. Some are remote and peaceful, while others are used by larger traffic, and some pass through bustling towns and cities.

Backwaters will hire you a canoe or kayak licensed for British Waterways managed canals and river navigations* equipped with paddles, buoyancy aids and waterproof kit barrels (canoe) or drybags (kayak) to explore the waterways network at your own pace, following your own unique itinerary.

*A small number of navigations, e.g. 'Shakespeare's' River Avon, are managed by private trusts and may require you to purchase a separate licence if you include them in your itinerary.
The only restriction is that you need to start and finish either at the junction of Camlas Maldwyn - the Montgomery Canal and Camlas Llangollen - the Llangollen Canal at Frankton, near Oswestry; or at any of our designated drop-off and pick-up points on Afon Hafren - the River Severn, and that you pre-book your pick-up time and place with us.

You will need to plan your itinerary around the B&B's, hotels and camp sites along the waterways. If you do not have camping equipment, we can supply your canoe with tent, stove/fuel, sleeping mat and bag.




Not sure if it's for you?

Try it out with a short break on Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. This scenic and unspoilt canal is a single, self-contained waterway, so you will have no navigational problems! For a really gentle introduction to waterway touring, base your exploration from a single point, travelling out and returning each day to your camp. If you wish, we will even provide the camping equipment and set up your self-catering camp for you (bookings based at Castell Pencelli - Pencelli Castle only - please ask for a quote). All you have to do is arrive and enjoy yourself!


Canoe and Kayak touring is a peaceful and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy a day on the water with a waterside picnic, watch wildlife or spend a holiday exploring an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's. And it's FUN!

Backwaters hire open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks on a number of waterways in South Wales and the Borderland. 

Backwaters welcomes canoeists who want responsibly to enjoy the waterways and countryside, respecting other users and wildlife.

If you are not sure about your ability for unaccompanied canoe hire; we offer Guided Tours and a 'River Awareness' Day. We can also arrange skills training courses at various levels from beginner to open and white-water.



is associated with

Mountain & Water: Wales-wide Adventure Ltd.

For guided tours, activity holidays and courses.


You are responsible for your own planning, and your safety on the waterways.

Canoeists should be aware of the Waterways Code.


 Last updated 30 March 2016