Category: Easy/Introduction

Introductory/Easy Venues

Suitable for first race experience. Limited experience in a WWR is necessary. Rapids are typically straightforward with easy rescue.

Langham Farm

Small sprint/slalom course. Some simple rock groins and a slightly tricky turn through a bridge. Good vantage points across the whole course. Suitable for introductory races.

Goyt

Suitable for beginners, simple rapids and small falls.

Severn (Ironbridge)

A good race to start on. Best section of whitewater is based around Ironbridge, near Telford – home to the start of the industrial revolution. Jackfield rapids provides the most interest. Easy to recce from on the water, and safety is easy to provide.

Pinkston WW Course

A short artificial course, suitable for beginners and intermediates.

Aire

Map reference for club site is SE120380, there is like a footbridge across the river below the road bridge and it also has a square blob next to the bridge. Start is usually opposite cemetary, Grid Reference SE100400 Finish is usually at the club site but can be where the canal goes over the river…
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Nene (whitewater course)

The whitewater course at Northampton on the river Nene is a fully pumped artificial facility. It is only suitable for wavehoppers due to one of the drops being harsh on the back end. It is a great course to try out wildwater racing, either in a normal whitewater boat or a wavehopper.

Avon (Stratford)

The Avon race at Stratford is curently advertised as Grade 1/2. Well,that was true in the winter when we recced it, but come April it’s basically flat water with a dead easy 5ft weir and some interesting swirly bits at the bottom. It’s an ideal entry level race and safe as houses for first timers.…
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Derwent (Matlock)

This is a very popular regional race that provides a long but interesting course. The start is located adjacent to the car park of the Square and Compass at Darley Bridge north of Matlock and finishes down stream immediately below the slalom course at Matlock Bath. The course length is 7 km. The Derwent has…
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Irwell (Burrs Centre)

The Irwell at Burrs is a good introductory race, with full bank access. The nearby Mersey follows it up as a training venue with slighty easier water but a longer course. Both these race courses can be paddled at practically any level, even if there has not been recent rain. The Irwell comes up and…
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Trent (Stone)

The Stone River Race Course is located on the upper Trent at Stone in Staffordshire. It is held on a 3.5km stretch of the river between the Darlaston Inn (located on roundabout at junction of A34 and A51) and Stafford and Stone Canoe Club (located just off the A34 by the shell garage roundabout in…
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Mersey

The Mersey is a useful training river, as it carries a reasonable flow at almost all times, and there are no access difficulties. For introducing novices, it makes a good combination with the Irwell at Burrs, which is shorter and has better bank access. The Mersey follows it up with slighty easier water but a…
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Dove

A Regional Classic race run from from Tutbury to Marston Weir. In 2003 it took Peter Keron 10min 27sec, whilst the slowest junior completed the race in just over 20 min. It is a staightforward course but when shallow you need to look ahead for lines which avoid beaches. The last 200m or so is…
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