Canoeing on the Cam

The River Cam is a great place to canoe or kayak.  You can canoe along any section that we look after including the upper River in Grantchester, the Backs and the Lower River out through to Waterbeach.

You will need a license to do this (unless you are canoeing on the upper river only - i.e. upstream of the Mill Pit where no license is required).

You can purchase a license directly from us if you already have 3rd party insurance in place - via our online licensing.  This will give you an annual license running from 1 April 2016 until 30th March 2017.

A better option may be to join British Canoeing (also sometimes called BCU / Canoe England) - as membership includes insurance and we have an agreement in place with Canoe England that allows all its members to use the River Cam freely (and many other rivers in the UK). 

A third option is to join Cambridge Canoe Club who also have an agreement with us that covers all their members for use of the River Cam.

Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs)

Stand-Up Paddleboards are also welcome on the Cam.  The same licensing requirements and recommendations apply as canoes.

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