Canoe and Kayak Hire

About Backwaters

We are a family-run canoe and kayak hire business, established in Wales in 1988.

Our philosophy is a relaxed but responsible approach to adventure, enabling our clients to enjoy the countryside while travelling at their own pace. We are proud of our working environment and will share our love of the outdoors with you, alongside our canoeing and kayaking expertise.

Backwaters Environmental Policy

Backwaters is committed to preserving and maintaining the environment in which we operate and to minimising the environmental impact of our operation. We try at all times to:

• Develop a positive awareness of the environment.

• Constantly review the environmental impact of our operations.

• Identify and control risks to environment and wildlife, as a result of canoeing, kayaking and camping.

Provide information and instruction; brief clients and consult with staff as necessary, to minimise the impact on the environment of canoeing, kayaking and camping.

Backwaters has signed up to the Environmental Charters of the BBNP and conforms to the environmental policy of Canoe Wales. The recommendations of these organisations are kept on file in the booking office, and, where appropriate, appended to the Operating Procedures.


Backwaters Ethical Trading Policy

Backwaters supports fair trade principles. Wherever possible we:

• support local businesses

• support ethical businesses

• use Fair Trade products.


Polisi Iath Gymraeg 'Backwaters' Welsh Language Policy

At Backwaters we are proud to belong to the bilingual Welsh nation, and we support efforts to protect the future of Cymraeg - the Welsh language. At present we are unable to offer our service yn Gymraeg - in the Welsh language, but some of us speak a little Welsh. We endeavour to:

• use Welsh greetings alongside English

• use some Welsh on our web site and publicity

• use the original Welsh names for locations, or give the English name alongside the Welsh.


Access Statement

Canoe and kayak hire takes place on natural, improved and man-made waterways, which vary greatly in their accessibility. We do not have special provision for disabled clients, but we are happy to help in any way possible if clients with special needs wish to hire canoes or kayaks.


Croeso Cynnes Cymraeg Backwaters has completed the Croeso Cynnes Cymraeg programme.


Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador The Proprietor is a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador.

 Backwaters is a member of the Brecon Beacons National Park`s Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Backwaters is an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, to provide canoe/kayak hire and training.


At Backwaters we believe that responsible access to the countryside, and waterways, should be available to all. Backwaters supports the movement for responsible public access, in particular:

Waters of Wales


River Access for All


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Last updated 04 June 2016