25/03/18 - Special Spring 2018 offer on GRAM split Greenland paddles Free shipping to mainland UK addresses! Offer ends 3rd April 2018. See details of offer on Home page
02/12/17 - Urgent sale - Klepper Aerius I 490 replacement skin (new). Details here
19/11/17 - new 'kid on the block' - Neris SMART Series of kayaks. Unique hybrids that can either be paddled as a canoe with bench seats or as a kayak with inflatable floor seats. A cross between a folding kayak and an inflatable kayak. Starting with SMART-2 here
17/11/17 - new range of Greenland paddles added - Gram Kajak paddles. In 2-3 piece in both wood and carbon versions. Appearing on the 'New Paddles' page here
16/05/17 - Next show day - Beale Park Boat Show 2nd - 4th June 2017. On display will be boats from Neris, Wayland and ZelGear, plus other brands, replacement skins and accessories. Details
02/03/17 - Product Videos page added. Videos of some of the listed folding kayaks ... see here
05/02/17 - Wayland Mk II Formoza
550 SOF military kayak, and the single seater version Mk I Achilli 500XL now included to the range
04/02/17 - 2 seater ZelGear added These nimble crafts do provide better excitement than whitewater
rafts and pack rafts! See Catarafts
UK dealer for the following brands:-
are a specialist team that previously was an exclusive folding
kayak brand dealer in the UK with several years experience.
We now have added a multi-brand on line store to better serve
a growing UK market with a wider range of foldable small craft
- from "Klepper" type of kayaks, to lightweight canoes
plus related accessories.
NERIS - foldable alu framed kayaks
ZelGear - inflatable kayaks and catarafts (catamaran rafts)
MyCanoe - origami concept open foldable canoe
WaveDesign - carbon paddles including Greenlands
Wayland Folding Kayaks - traditional foldable wood framed kayaks
Can we paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of
the waterways, rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe
Wales, Scotland Canoe Association and the Canoe Association
of Northern Ireland) includes a license to paddle
on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.
Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are
privately owned or is bounded by land which is private,
so do check beforehand. See Useful
To get the best out of your folding
kayak or to learn more about them, we have listed a few key
websites here.... It is by no means complete - if there are
any sites that is very relevant that is not listed, do let
BCU is the national governing body of canoeing and kayaking
in the UK. It is concerned with all paddle sports in
the UK, recreational as well as competitive, in open
and closed craft, paddled with single and double-bladed
paddles, on inland and coastal waters as well as open
ocean. An important aspect is that you be licensed, be
suitably coached and know where you can paddle, etc.
The Canoe Camping Club is a national club for touring canoeists (and kayakers)
and for those who like to combine canoeing/kayaking and camping. The Club
caters for everyone, with a variety of meets round the country. Some are
ideal for beginners whilst others challenge the more experienced paddler.
Members are always glad to offer help and friendly advice to newcomers.
This club is an active section of the Camping and Caravanning Club, and
is affiliated to the British Canoe Union.
to Westminster International Canoe Race
The official site for the world's renowned kayak marathon - one of the
longest at 125 miles (201km). The good news here is that after a long absence
of the official folding kayaks class, this class had been re-instated for
the DW2013 race. More details about this Folding kayak Class - see the
'Devizes to Westminster
2013' page on this site.
A very useful resource about UK's rivers. For the paddler, there is information
about temporary paddling licences at reduced rates for short periods, to
river levels and condition, location of campsites at locks, and many more.
One very useful service is that you can subscribe to for free, the River
Conditions Update for the Thames, from Lechlade to Teddington. This
service provides up-to-date information about river conditions.
A very useful American based site dedicated to folding kayaks. The forum
is also active with members from worldwide.
A very useful tutorial site on everything about sea kayaking.
Canoe Sailing Group
The Open Canoe Sailing Group is a UK wide club for those interested in
sailing small, lightweight craft including kayaks. An excellent resource
for those thinking about purchasing or already have folding kayaks complete
with sail rigs - very helpful members await you!
Paddle Points provides a central online information center where canoeists
and kayakers can go to find where they can launch. The idea is simple.
You search for the place in the search box on the page, and the paddle
points in that area will show on a map. Clicking the various markers representing
launch spots, weirs, rapids, slalom, car parking, clubs, campsites will
provide more handy information. There are now over 4000 information markers
covering the UK useful to paddlers on this site.
of the Paddle
of the Paddle the online home for those with a love of,
or an interest in, open canoes and canoeing. Combined
with an active forum, this site is a very useful resource
as to locations as to where you can do flat water touring,
camping ideas, etc.
Historic Canoe and Kayak Association
A UK based group interested in the heritage of canoeing in all its aspects
- Types of boat and how they were used around the world, notable canoeists
and their exploits, past competition under paddle and sail, manufacturers,
construction and restoration, museums and literature. They also organise
occasional meetings for paddling (chatting) and camping and produce a quarterly
journal which is a mine of information on world canoeing heritage. Members
can also advise on aspects of boat renovation.
Rivers Access Campaign
The purpose of the Rivers Access Campaign is not only to raise awareness
of the access issue on inland waterways in England (and Wales) but to
bring about a change. The campaign is being undertaken by Canoe England
on behalf all members of the public.
In England and Wales, unlike elsewhere in the world, the public do not
have an automatic right to have access to rivers. Scotland already enjoys
that right. Access to the UK’s waterways is highly restricted (EG
- Owners of river banks have legal right to stop people paddling), and
maintenance of the waterways is dramatically under-funded. With over
90% of the population living within two miles of a waterway, many more
people would take up water sports if accessibility and facilities were
there should be a public right of access along our
inland waters.. so we can all enjoy our natural heritage...rights
small friendly UK based forum site with members
who have all kinds of paddle craft including
UK Rivers Guidebook website covers the many paddlable
rivers in the UK. There is a very active discussion forum.
It is a predominately white-water site but there is some
useful information for those intent on relaxing river
Sea Kayak Guidebook
site to the UK Rivers Guidebook, this site offers information
on sea kayaking trips around the UK and also has an active
discussion forum discussing many sea kayaking topics.