Sheffield is the perfect place to go canoeing or kayaking. Rivers, canals and lakes around the city are all easily accessible and offer a whole range of different opportunities to get out on the water.

Don’t worry if you have no previous paddling experience: help is at hand in the form of canoe clubs and centres, which can offer sessions with fully qualified coaches. These venues will also be able to provide you with all the specialist kit you need to get you on the water safely. As well as their main outdoor venues, most clubs will also have access to swimming pool sessions as well, allowing you to practice your skills when it might be a bit too cold to do so outdoors.

Sheffield Canoe Club
Based on the River Don at Oughtibridge and Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

Sheffield City Kayak Club
Based on River Don at Kelham Island and Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre.

Sheffield University Canoe Club 
Based at Crookes Valley Park Lake and Goodwin Sports Centre.

Hallam University Canoe Club 
Based on the River Don at Oughtibridge (Wednesdays) and King Edward's, Clarkehouse Rd.

Canoe Centres:

Rother Valley Watersports Centre

Peak Pursuits – Underbank

And if you have your own equipment, you have a whole world of opportunities available to you. Canoes and kayaks are easily transportable on almost any vehicle, so you can explore waterways all over the country. There is even a dedicated circular canoe trail through the city centre on the River Don and Sheffield Tinsley Canal.

There are also opportunities to try different competitive disciplines of the sport in Sheffield. Sheffield Canoe Club have a canoe slalom course set up at their base on the River Don at Oughtibridge where as well as training regularly they even host regional and national competitions. Both university canoe clubs are extremely strong in the fast and exciting team sport of canoe polo and there is a proud history of this sport in the city as the first ever Canoe Polo World Championships were held at Ponds Forge in 1994.

So what are you waiting for? Explore The Outdoor City's waterways.




  1. Matt
    Please advise what Lakes you are allowed to canoe on? I can only assume the reservoirs are not allowed.
  2. Chris
    Any more information on the canoe trail? I can't find any detail about it.
  3. Phil
    From Sheffield Canoe Club;

    @Matt Rother Valley is allowed but i'd speak to the centre briefly there to check.

    @Chris - British Canoeing are currently updating the Canoe Trail info so it has been taken offline at the moment.
  4. Msanindita
    Where can I find the list of lakes and river that I can do kayaking on my own for free?
    Do I need to register for using my own canoe or kayak in river don, rother valley, and crookes valley lake?

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