22/11/17 - BLACK FRIDAY promotion now on till 27th November 2017
26/10/17 - Second try out session by more members of the Lee Valley PaddleSports Club rafting teams and Team GB on evening 01/11/17
24/10/17 - Catarafts and ONE ww kayak appearing at Lee Valley on evening 25th October. Try out session by members of the rafting section of the Lee Valley PaddleSports club and Team GB
20/06/17 - Photos of the Expedition version of the inflatable WW river runner kayak ZelGear The ONE - with inflatable storage compartments in bow and stern. Photos
10/06/17 - Cats and inflatable kayaks available for try outs - ZelGear Needle-2 and ZelGear The ONE inflatable kayaks, ZelGear TourCat-2 Mini, ZelGear VectoR-2 and ZelGear SportCat-4 catamaran rafts
26/05/17 - Our demo / try-out TourCat-2 MINI has arrived! Some photos here
30/04/17 - New addition to the TourCat family - Budget TourCat-2 "Mini". Some photos here
12/02/17 - New addition to the inflatable kayak range -
ZelGear "The ONE". A white water
single seater kayak that packs into a backpack. A demo is available for try-outs now. Some photos here
- PU versions Cats
In addition to the existing PVC range, Cats made with stronger and
lighter PU will be available to order soon. News
Enquiries & Ordering
When you would like to order, write to us and
we will provide up to date quotes. We will also send you an invoice with relevant
payment details etc. Or if you need advice etc, we are more than happy to help
ZelGear products are all made in Europe, using European made materials and high
grade German made PVC welding machines.
5 year warranty on all ZelGear products
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It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid license
/ permission from the relevant authorities to
use water craft on UK's waterways, rivers, lakes, etc. Not all inland
water is open to paddlers, some are privately owned or is bounded
land which is private, so do check beforehand. Membership of a
canoe union / club is very beneficial.
Websites with useful information to enrich your paddling experiences
on the Thames (Making the most of the Thames)
Port of London Authority
Tideway section of the lower River Thames is a particularly
challenging and potentially hazardous section of the river
with fast-moving tidal water and high volumes of river traffic.
There are also official "rules of the road" and
signals on bridges which paddlers should understand and obey.
Port of London Authority has a very useful website loaded
with information and advice for recreational river users.
All paddlers using the Tideway should familiarise themselves
with this material for their own safety. There is a section
devoted to canoeists and there is also a strongly
recommended useful instructional
video entitled Rowing Through Central London.
BCU is the national governing body of canoeing and
kayaking in the UK. It is concerned with all paddle
sports in the UK, recreational as well as competitive,
in open and closed craft, paddled with single and double-bladed
paddles, on inland and coastal waters as well as open
ocean. An important aspect is that you be licensed,
be suitably coached and know where you can paddle,
British rafting website.
and River Trust
A charity entrusted with the care of 2000 miles of waterways in England
and Wales. The website has useful information and this trust is looking
for volunteers to become involved with the wide ranging rewarding opportunities
in the work that they do. Useful guides to help plan your next trip - free
places to visit.
The Canoe Camping Club is a national club for touring canoeists (and kayakers)
and for those who like to combine canoeing/kayaking and camping. The Club
caters for everyone, with a variety of meets round the country. Some are
ideal for beginners whilst others challenge the more experienced paddler.
Members are always glad to offer help and friendly advice to newcomers.
This club is an active section of the Camping and Caravanning Club, and
is affiliated to the British Canoe Union.
A very useful resource about UK's rivers. For the paddler, there is information
about temporary paddling licensees at reduced rates for short periods,
to river levels and condition, location of campsites at locks, and many
more. One very useful service is that you can subscribe to for free, the River
Conditions Update for the Thames, from Lechlade to Teddington. This
service provides up-to-date information about river conditions.
Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced
paddler, one of the best ways to get involved in canoeing
and kayaking and meeting like minded people is through the
Go Canoeing ...
This website lists various Starter Sessions, Guided Tours, Paddling Events & Skills
Based Workshops, and Canoe Trails, that
are held all year round at various locations around the country.
GB Raft Team
GB rafting team website
The IWA is a charity that campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration
of all Britain's inland navigable waterways. The website has useful information
and maps of every waterway under IWA care.
Paddle Points provides a central online information center where canoeists
and kayakers can go to find where they can launch. The idea is simple.
You search for the place in the search box on the page, and the paddle
points in that area will show on a map. Clicking the various markers representing
launch spots, weirs, rapids, slalom, car parking, clubs, campsites will
provide more handy information. There are now over 4000 information markers
covering the UK useful to paddlers on this site.
of the Paddle
of the Paddle is the UK online home for those with
a love of, or an interest in, open canoes and canoeing.
with an active forum, this site is a very useful resource
as to locations as to where you can do flat water touring,
camping ideas, etc. Highly recommended site for relevant
info and being a forum, anyone can post questions and
expect to get instant answers from knowledgeable folks. A
lovely aspect of this site are detailed blogs of recent
Rivers Access Campaign
The purpose of the Rivers Access Campaign is not only to raise awareness
of the access issue on inland waterways in England (and Wales) but to
bring about a change. The campaign is being undertaken by Canoe England
on behalf all members of the public.
In England and Wales, unlike elsewhere in the world, the public do not
have an automatic right to have access to rivers. Scotland already enjoys
that right. Access to the UK’s waterways is highly restricted (EG
- Owners of river banks have legal right to stop people paddling), and
maintenance of the waterways is dramatically under-funded. With over
90% of the population living within two miles of a waterway, many more
people would take up water sports if accessibility and facilities were
there should be a public right of access along our
inland waters.. so we can all enjoy our natural heritage...rights
small friendly UK based forum site with members
who have all kinds of paddle craft including
UK Rivers Guidebook website covers the many paddable
rivers in the UK. There is a very active discussion
forum. It is a predominately white-water site but there
is some useful information for those intent on relaxing