Canoeing has to be the most flexible, adaptable and fun way to go on adventures - the reason is simple, the same craft can be paddled, sailed or even motored, it can be wobbly, stable or even bounced down rivers. You can have a gentle relaxing trip on the lake in them, adventure all the way across the country or take the exhilarating gravity train down the river towards the sea.More InfoDisability InfoBook Now
There really is something for everyone and the place to start - and progress to bigger and more exciting things is with Anyone Can.
We host a range of adventures based around canoes. Most people join us at an introduction to canoeing day or weekend in the Lake District that progresses from the first steps to how to look after yourself and your family on open water. Even better because we work with prebooked groups we can give you a professional instructor and lunch for little more than it would cost to hire the boats at a walk in hire place.
On top of this you should know we charge fixed pricing and accept all abilities and those that are disabled. Our price promise is never to charge less to the fully able - that’s right, we’re an adapted needs supplier with a range of adapted kit and support, but charge no more than ability normal clients.
Have a look at our range of adventures based in canoes and come try us out on a introductory day or weekend.
If your party benefits from very exact times and a visual time table - no problem, let us know.
If your party needs a quiet and calm environment without strangers - let us know.
We can run “capsizeless” or "capsize very unlikely" sessions - just let us know.
We have a range of options to help users into canoes and to support them when they are using them. Have a chat to us about your individual needs
For those who require to stay in their own chair we have a wheel chair accessible powerboat we can use.
We have a range of supportive adaptive seating for users who can transfer from their own chair, including manual handling slings and transfer stools to help.
Our main base has both an accessible toilet and shower and a full changing table available
We have access to an offroad wheelchair for those who need it to get around site
Canoeing is a great activity for those with a visual impairment. It is a very tactile sport and with the addition of our in-boat radio communications equipment, users with a visual impairment can be guided to paddle solo if they wish.
We can include those with audio impairments via high quality and needs aware instructors.
By arrangement, we can often source an assistant instructor fluent in BSL.
We possess a bank of 2-way radios we utilise to help those with reduced hearing to understand instructions and communicate. These can output directly to earpieces or T-loop compatible hearing aids
From fitting your buoyancy aid, to manoeuvring in the wind and what to do when you encounter difficulties.
It’s not all teaching, we get a short paddle journey in there and a delicious lunch. We even brew up using the wood fired traditional kettles - essential kit for “proper” canoeing.
Typical timings are meet at 10am, lunch at 12:30 on the lake shore and finished up by 4pm. Getting wet is optional but staying dry isn’t guaranteed (there are options for those who need not to capsize)
This day is about using the canoes for their born purpose - going out and doing stuff.
After a short introduction and refresh we load the boat with delicious raw food and set off into the open water - about a third of the way down the lake.
The journey takes 2-3 hours normally and is quite beautiful. When we get where we are going out comes the kit: traditional kettles, fire bases, pizza pans, mugs and everything else needed to self sufficiently cook a delicious meal over fire in a stunning location. When we’re done we clean up the site and paddle home.
One to remember and for those with a little experience already.
At sunrise set off from the far End of Windermere and journey for the length of the lake. Supported by our experienced staff and powerboat this is a challenge for those wishing to push themselves and have an experience to remember.
Availabe as a stand alone challenge but more normally booked as the third day following a couple days of training
Ever fancied hopping in a canoe, cooking your meals on a fire and coming back by paddle one or two days later? Covering all the content and skills of the two days weekend experiences - with extras. Learn to construct a shelter from tarp, sleep in hammocks and work wood with traditional whittling into the tools you need. With no accommodation costs it’s an excellent and cost effective way to spend a memorable weekend with family and friends. We can even collect you from the train station so you don’t need to drive!
This is the next stage for many looking for further thing to do in canoes. We have a range of rivers for different abilities. Some experience is necessary - a weekend introduction to paddling (above). Some rivers require camping, some we stay in self catering accommodation and some we base from hotels. On rivers, boats cannot be stabilised so plan to get wet at some point. We can combine the weekend course with a river to make an amazing weeks holiday for an up for it group. (With a rest day in between)
A 6 day (with 2 travelling part days) expedition across Scotland paddling canals and Loch Ness. There is the option to canoe some river sections also. An amazing life memorable trip and surprisingly adaptable. This trip can be supported or unsupported by the power boat depending on needs. It is possible to operate from hotels (if supported) but more normal to camp in stunning locations. There is something amazing about starting at one coast and paddling to another. This does require the right groups, confident they will enjoy the challenge. Navigating the lock gates requires some carrying of canoes if done without powerboat. Canoes can be stabilised if using the canals and locks route without rivers.Pricing
Includes all equipment and lunch
Long day from approx 7am
Return journey by powerboat
Upto 6 paddlers
Includes all equipment and lunch
Whole day 10am to 4pm
No Experience Nessasary
Normal Launch point : Fellfoot on Windermere
No Minimum group size
Includes transport from key rail stations
All food, equipment and accommodation included
Pre expedition training available
Experience or training necessary
We have a range of methods by which you can book and pay for adventures with Anyone Can. For quick individual bookings you can use our AirBnB page to book individual days.
For everything else the best thing to do is drop us an enquiry and we can discuss your needs, dates and ambitions further.
We host a range of open trips for people throughout the year for indivuduals and small groups to join like minded people on our more adventurous trips, enquire for more details
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Europe investing in rural areas
Anyone Can : Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing
Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group