Alfresco Adventures

Alfresco Adventures

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Ever fancied canoeing but didn’t want to throw yourself in at the deep end? You have come to the right place!

Our activities are great fun and offer a wide range of adventures, we offer taster sessions in canoeing. We use rivers and lakes in numerous locations throughout North Yorkshire and the Lake District. From a gentle paddle on flat waters to conquering moving water and rapids. We have an exciting, adventurous and fun option whether you are 7 or 70. We deliver various nationally recognised courses from the British Canoe Union including the 1 Star Canoe Award, the 2 Star Canoe Award and the Foundation and Safety Rescue Course.

What’s the difference between a kayak and canoe? 

Kayaks were invented 1000’s of years ago by the Eskimos kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler. The paddler sits facing forwards with their legs in front, most kayaks have closed decks.

Canoeing also has a long history, a canoe is often referred to as a Canadian Canoe these have an open deck and are canoed with a single bladed paddle in a kneeling or sitting position.

Both kayaking and canoeing have become Olympic sports. There are various forms kayaking and canoeing and types of boats. We use the Old Town Discovery 158 canoes which are agile, stable and easy to handle. These are one of the most popular canoes on the market and suitable beginners to experts.

So do you fancy canoeing on a beautiful stretch of river or the tranquillity of a lake admiring the picturesque landscapes and stopping off along the way for relaxation and refreshments. How about the Swallows and Amazons canoe experience on Coniston Water or a canoe taster session on a lake?

This is the place to start you adventure!


Canoeing Locations

Just some of the places where we can offer this activity

  • Semer Water



  • Ripon to Boroughbridge

    Ripon to Boroughbridge

    Harrogate, York

  • Boroughbridge to Linton-on-Ouse

    Boroughbridge to Linton-on-Ouse

    Harrogate, York

  • Ullswater


    Penrith, Keswick, Ambleside

  • Boroughbridge on the River Ure


    Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk, York

What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature Pierre Trudeau

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