Links to, & addresses of, other useful sites

There are many UK canoeing and outdoor recreation links - I've tried to select those likely to be useful to our members, including ones I myself check or use regularly. I try to keep them checked, but links do move - so please do let me know of any problems or errors - or if you have a favourite, "undiscovered" link you'd like added to my list - just email I've tried to highlight Clubs, suppliers etc in the London/South East area at the top of relevant sections. For further information on other CSSC activities look at the CSSC London or the CSSC web sites.

Note: the Civil Service Canoe Club is not responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked web sites. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.


Bulletin Boards

The best resource for day-to-day kayaking news and gossip in the UK is the set of "bulletin boards" available in the "Community" section via The UK Rivers Guidebook where people can post questions, find information, and discuss relevant issues.

The Song of the Paddle is a similarly useful resource for open boating (Canadian canoeing).

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Governing bodies, Access etc

The UK Rivers Guidebook Excellent UK Rivers on-line guidebook and more (bookshop, articles, worldwide links, discussion board etc), managed by Mark Rainsley - with contributions from anyone who'll write them!!
How to contact the British Canoe Union, Welsh Canoeing Association, Scottish Canoe Association Or go straight to the BCU WEB SITE
Port of London Authority

Useful site for local tide tables:

Information on London's Thames bridges: see - WCA's in-depth guide to paddling in Wales

River Dart local weather info and webcam from "Dartcom" at Yelverton...


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Disciplines etc

Canoe Slalom UK - Nick Penfold's excellent source site for up to date slalom info!  
 Wild water racing  
 Devizes-Westminster Race  



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Clubs and personal pages

London area

Regents Canoe Club North/West central London
Battersea Canoe Club South/West central London
Shepperton Canoe Slalom Club South-West of London
Bromley Canoe Club South London
Purley Canoe Club South London 
Meridian Canoe Club South East London
Marlow Canoe Club West of London
Blackwater Valley Canoe Club Aldershot based
Castle Canoe Club A small friendly canoe club based at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney, North-east London.
Tower Hamlets Canoe Club A big club based at Shadwell basin near Wapping
Chiswick Pier Canoe Club Our neighbours
Canoe London Canoe London is an independent website which promotes canoeing and kayaking in the London region.

Miscellanous sites

Playak.Com "The Playspot Portal"
Shoulder Dislocation: The Paddlers Perspective Don't read this if you are a nervous disposition!

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Manufacturers, Suppliers etc

Whitewater - The Canoe Centre
"The Finest Canoe Shop in the Universe" - at Shepperton (south/west of London)

Supplier of most of CSCC's boats & equipment

Kent Canoe Services
(near Sevenoaks)
Brighton Canoes
New shop, based in Newhaven (10 minutes from Brighton)

UK (Sheffield) manufacturer of outdoor jackets - great for the post-paddle warm-up. 

Kayaks & Paddles (Plymouth)
Plymouth-based store
AS Watersports (Exeter)
(Exeter store)

Gaybo Ltd - Perception in the UK

Kayak manufacturer


UK  (Runcorn) manufacturer of kayaks



Makes some of their gear in Cornwall, UK, e.g. their top end decks, cags & throwlines

Dagger's US site

Manufactures kayaks in UK


UK rights to sell Lendal paddles are now owned by Celtic Paddles and most are apparently now made in Anglesey, Wales

UK (Twickenham) paddle manufacturer

UK (London) manufacturer of waterproof bags for your wallet, car keys etc. 

Reed Chill Cheater

UK (Devon) manufacturer of kayaking waterproofs

UK manufacturer of canoes & kayaks

Up & Under outdoor gear online logo
Cardiff: independent canoe shop with all major brands
Whitewater Consultancy Performance Kayaks

Desperate Measures

Nottingham & online retailer of kayaking gear

Mega Performance Kayaks

UK (Yorkshire) manufacturer of sleeping bags & outdoor clothing - perfect for a canoe camping trip!

Yak logo

The website for Nigel Dennis sea kayaks - made in Anglesey, Wales

UK (Nottingham) manufacturer of neoprene decks 

Retailer of UK manufactured pogies (paddling gloves) & throwbags

Playboater/System X RoughStuff Paddles

UK (Kendal) manufacturer of outdoor gear, including some massive kit bags

Kirton Kayaks
Helpful "catalogue and retail" suppliers of outdoor equipment, many useful links.
Field and Trek
The other major "catalogue and retail" supplier of all sorts of outdoor gear.
Paddleworks (based near the Tryweryn)
UK  (Warwickshire) manufacturers of kayak & canoe paddles

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Centres, Magazines, Adverts etc

Nene Whitewater Centre (Northampton)

The venue for the 2012 Olympics slalom & open to the public for white water paddling. 


Plas Menai

The Welsh National Watersports Centre

TYF Adventure
TYF Adventure, Pembrokeshire: for sea kayaking, rock hopping, surfing and Bitching -
includes Bitches info & Tide Table
River Dart Country Park

Plas y Brenin 

Foremost outdoor training centre including canoe/kayak courses

Woodmill Outdoor Centre (Southampton) - local courses etc, plus white water and sea kayaking trips/courses in Spain
Braich Goch Inn, Corris, Nr. Machynlleth
Run by paddlers, with paddlers in mind

Canoe Kayak UK logo Playboating Magazine
Canoeist Magazine Canoe Focus Magazine
Pesda Press Books - Franco Fererro's publishing venture Rivers Publishing - Pete Knowles's publishing venture

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Weather, tides and similar information

The Met Office Not much "free" information, but things like current shipping forecasts, some links, and access to ...
European surf/weather forecast links - from Ric Harwood, Oceanographer! European forecast charts slipway info etc - may just come in handy...
Surfing links including web cams  Environment Agency pollution, navigation, water levels etc

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Other useful stuff - on-line UK street maps and aerial photos - on-line UK street maps and aerial photos

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