Water Sports in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:27 20 February 2013
Somerset is a great place to get out on the water, and kayaking offers a wonderful sense of freedom and empowerment, as well as providing the opportunity to have very different experiences
Learn to kayak
Somerset is a great place to get out on the water, and kayaking offers a wonderful sense of freedom and empowerment, as well as providing the opportunity to have very different experiences you can paddle gracefully along the River Barle (from Tarr Steps down to Dulverton) and the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, enjoying the countryside at your leisure, or you can seek thrills by tackling the rapids on the whitewater River Lyn (from Brendon to Watersmeet).
Tuition sessions start with the basics of how to use the paddle, as well as what to do if you end up in the water (lets face it, thats highly likely). As your confidence builds and skills improve, it wont be long before youre exploring the waterways of the county, perhaps even venturing out on the sea.
Whether you favour coarse, game or sea fishing, youll be spoilt for choice in Somerset. Head to Exmoor (the Barle and the Exe) for wild salmon and trout, and to the Bristol Channel for bass and conger (you can hire a boat yourself or join local fisherman). There are also plenty of reservoirs, lakes and fisheries, some of which are stocked with unusual varieties. What could be better than dropping your line (or casting your fly) in the water either from the shore or a boat surrounded by some of the
most tranquil and glorious countryside? Catching a fish THIS BIG, of course!
The countys diversity of waterways makes it the ideal place to learn
to sail. Located beside lakes, reservoirs and marinas, as well as the Bristol Channel, training centres offering Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications can teach you to handle whatever craft youre interested in, from dinghies (small boats and multihulls) and yachts to RIBs and sportsboats. Getting children involved young is a great way to build confidence and team-working. So what are you waiting for?