Every Mile Counts

Thank you for visiting the National Go Canoeing Week website! Go Canoeing Week 2014 was a huge success. A whopping 5,602 people paddled a total of 34,010 miles- that’s over three laps of the UK’s coastline!

National Go Canoeing Week will be back next year, May 23rd to May 31st 2015. Put the dates in your diary and join us! In the mean time, please visit the main Go Canoeing website to find loads of fun paddling activities happening near you.

Target: 11,073 miles
So far:
34,010
Lap 4
34010 miles completed
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Farne Islands
During the breeding season (May to July) the Farne Islands host up to 23 species of birds including around 37,000 pairs of puffins.Click dot for more info
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Souter Lighthouse
Built in 1871 to ward ships from the dangerous rocks at Whitburn Steel, Souter was the first lighthouse in the world purpose built to use electricity.Click dot for more info
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Challenge
1m & 3m routes
Windermere
Sat 24th May - Sun 1st June
9am - 4pm everyday
Running from two venues on the lake
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Port Mulgrave
On the Yorkshire coast rocks from the Jurassic period (dating back 150-200 million years ago) are exposed for all to see, in a series of spectacular cliffs and bays.Click dot for more info
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Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve
A significant area for Natterjack Toads, Sandscale Haws supports one fifth of the national population of the rare amphibian, which is only found at a few other sites in the UK.Click dot for more info
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Formby
Step back in time at Formby. Erosion of the sand has revealed footprints that date back 7000 years to the late Neolithic era.Click dot for more info
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Blakeney Point
There are four distinct habitats found within Blakeney NNR, the fresh water marsh, the sand dunes, the salt marsh and the vegetated shingle where the terns nest.Click dot for more info
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Porthdinllaen
The soft cliffs are home to nesting sand martins and cormorants. Oystercatchers and other coastal birds can often be seen. The headland is also popular spot with the local grey seals and one of the largest seagrass meadows in North Wales hides beneath the water.Click dot for more info
Horsey WindpumpImposing five-storey drainage windpump provides stunning views over the coast and the broads a great spot for birdwatching and wintering wildfowl.Click dot for more info
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Challenge
1m & 3m routes
Rutland Watersports
Sat 24th May - Sun 1st June
9.30am – 6pm everyday
Half price hire Wednesday!!!
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Orford Ness
For most of the 20th century the military used the Island for top secret experiments on a vast range of weapons. Intensively used as a bombing and rocket range, dangerous debris, including bombs, still remains.Click dot for more info
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Rhossili Bay
From the top of Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, views of the peninsula can be seen as well as across the sea to West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast. Rhossili Down is lowland heath and home to a variety of birds and insects including the rare black bog ant.Click dot for more info
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Lundy Island
Undisturbed by cars, the island encompasses a small village with an inn and Victorian church, and the 13th-century Marisco Castle.There's also a disused lighthouse to discover. Called the Old Light, it offers superb views over the north part of the island.Click dot for more info
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South Foreland Lighthouse
This Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Strait of Dover. The lighthouse was the first to display an electric light anywhere in the world.Click dot for more info
Every Mile Counts... EVENTS Every Mile Counts
Challenge
1m & 3m routes
Portsmouth
Organised groups running
at set times everyday
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Boscastle
Present-day Boscastle owes its existence to two factors. One being the de Botterell family who settled in the area in the 12th century. The other being that more than 100 years ago Boscastle was the only possible place where a harbour could be considered along 40 miles of the intimidating north coast of Cornwall.Click dot for more info
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Birling Gap
The wild forces of the sea create unusual chalk platforms and huge heaps of gleaming white chalk as the cliffs erode at up to one metre a year. Inland over 500 acres of open chalk grassland are rich with butterflies and downland flowers.Click dot for more info
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Brownsea Island
There are between 200-250 red squirrels on Brownsea Island. Females produce 2 litters a year usually having 3 youngsters.Click dot for more info
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Branscombe
In January 2007, the MSC Napoli, a 62,000-ton cargo ship, was beached in Lyme Bay, off Branscombe. Over the next two years the spotlight was on this beached vessel and the complex salvage operation.Click dot for more info
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Wembury
Wembury narrowly avoided becoming an ugly eyesore. In 1909 there were plans to build a huge passenger port here, stretching from Wembury Point to Gara Point. Thankfully the plans were rejected by the House of Lords.Click dot for more info
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Lizard
Back in 2001, after nearly 30 year’s absence, the Cornish Chough naturally returned to the Lizard. Thanks to the hard work of the National Trust and the RSPB these rare birds came back to stay.Click dot for more info
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