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Canoeing is Brilliant

Flexible Adapatable and Fun Adventures on the water

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.

Canoeing - something for everyone 

There really is something for everyone and this is the place to start - and progress to bigger and more exciting things 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 then progress to more remote and longer trips.  

Have a look at our range of adventures based on canoes and come try us out on an introductory day or weekend.  

Canoeing (in general) is great for




Down's Syndrome

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Have a visual impairment and want to come alone 


Speech Impairments

Visiual imparement with helper

Visual impairment and your own guide

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Space and calm needs




Older people


Walking sticks or aids

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Sports Chair users


Tourettes syndrome 

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Hearing needs




Older people


Walking sticks or aids

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 Those with an assistance dog


Normally have full time support

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Manual Chair users

Speak to us if you:

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Need to make arrangements for an assistance dog


Normally have full time support


Use an electric wheelchair 

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Are an essential chair user


Need head support 

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Primarily communicate using sign language


Use a hoist to transfer

For a full rundown of the accessibility of canoeing see the individual pages

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Canoe Winderemere
A great way to get started 
Based on Windermere 
All abilites and experience levels 
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Canoe buschcraft journey 
A day canoe journey with open fire cooking 
A great day 2 for a weekend of canoeing
No experience necessary 
More Info
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Windermere Epic Journey 
A full on day to navigating the whole lake 
A challenging next step in canoeing 
Some experience necessary  
More Info
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Rivers, Expeditions and Overnight Journeys 
Take canoeing to the next level 
Adventures across Scotland or down rivers 
Some experience or training required
More Info
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Canoe Winderemere

Explore Englands Longest 

Canoeing is great: a sport that's quick to get started and a lifetime to master (though by the end of the day you’ll be pretty good). We explore the lake at ducks' pace and with little more noise than the water on your paddle.

First, some training time to get the hang of it and perhaps a visit to the steam train line before a bite to eat and explore the open water of the lake.

Typical timings are meet at 10 am, lunch at 12:30 on the lakeshore and finished up by 4 pm. Getting wet is optional but staying dry isn’t guaranteed (there are options for those who need not capsize)

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Canoe Bushcraft Journey 

What canoes are made for: Journeying 

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.

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Windermere Epic journey 

An intrepid sunrise journey the length of England's longest lake 

We meet by head torch and do our last minute arangements and launch as the sky begins to lighten. This time of the moning is uniquely special with typically glass like water and soft lighting reflecting off the mountain. At some point the sun will light the valley and the Lake District massive as you sweep towards it. 

The lake end to end journey is long, about 10 miles, but we’ve got all day to silently slide the canoes throught the water as we work our way to the other end. 

This is a trip for experienced paddlers or as part of a 2 or 3 day learning to paddle event - you need to get your efficency and positioning up to a good level beforehand. 

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Rivers, Expeditions and Overnight Journeys

Canoes:  built for travel, traverse and adventure

Canoe camp out weekend 

 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!

Windermere Canoe Bushcraft Trip24 -25 June 2023  Canoe Loch Lomond 14-16 July 2023
River Canoeing

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)

Intro to River Canoeing 19-21 May 2023
Paddle Loch and River Tay 18-24 August 2023
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Great Glen - Canoe Across Scotland 

Canoes-  built for travel, traverse and adventure

Great Glen - Canoe from the west to east coast 

A 6 day  expedition across Scotland paddling Canals and Lochs, including Loch Ness. There is also the option to canoe some river sections. 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 Lochs route without rivers.

Great Glen 11-18 Seoptember 2023 Trip Arrnge a private trip - Click here

Anyone Can - Canoe Experiences Pricing 

Windermere Epic Journey

  • Includes all equipment and lunch 

  • Long day from approx 7am

  • Experience required

  • Return journey by powerboat

  • Upto 6 paddlers

Canoe Windermere and Canoe Bushcraft Journey Days and Weekends

  • Includes all equipment and lunch 

  • Whole days 10am to 4pm 

  • No experience necessary 

  • Normal launch point : Fellfoot on Windermere

  • No minimum group size

River trips, Campout and Expeditions

  • Take your canoeing to the next step 

    Longer canoe journeys and more challenge

  • Learn to use your own or your future canoe safely

    All food, equipment and accommodation included 

  • Includes transport from key rail stations

Great Glen - Scotland 

  • Paddle through the heart of Scotland 

    Includes transport from rail stations

  • Epic scenery, great people and a “proper adventure"

    Includes transport from rail stations

  • All food, equipment and accommodation included 

  • Pre expedition training available

  • Accessible to a wide reange of additional needs 

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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 

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