If there is one place in the world which you need to visit for kayaking then you should definitely think about The British Isles. The British isles has water ways, easy rivers and hard rivers. The coastline is gorgeous and you will be able to experience the challenging white water if you want. The best advice is to work your way up to the rougher waters.
Touring on Canals for beginners
Within the UK you will find roughly 3000 miles of canals. You may require a license to ride on these but they are the best way to learn for beginners.
Rivers & Lakes
Each river in the UK provides you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy some recreational fun, but also if you want to gear yourself towards a more competitive environment then these are great for this too. All rivers are graded 1 to 6 with 1 meaning calm and 6 extreme. You will find that some rivers are actually private so please be wary of where you are riding as someone may own it. You can contact The British Canoe Union for more advice regarding this.
Map Your Route
Always map out where you want to go. If you are looking for a tried and tested area then check out the British Canoe Union's trails.
Kayaking on the open water
Britain's coastline is a great playground for kayaking. Most of the special areas are remote and are hard to access. If you are a beginner please be careful in these areas and do not attempt touring here unless you have had adequate training.
If you don't have a kayak then HB Canoe & Kayak at www.hbcanoekayak.co.uk offer great deals for new and used kayaks.