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Water sports

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park provides a wonderful backdrop for watersports and there are opportunities to canoe and sail in the area.

Canoeing

The upland rivers of the Dales respond quickly to rainfall and there are many challenging white water opportunities and spectacular waterfalls after heavy rain.  While there is no recognised right of access to a number of these sites, informal agreements are in place on some, and others have a history of tolerated use.

Further information on access to rivers can be found through the River Information Service provided by the British Canoe Union. Call 0115 982 1100 for information.

If you would like to take up canoeing the best way is to join a local club and again details are available through the British Canoe Union.

Sailing and windsurfing

The post-glacial lake of Semer Water, and reservoirs at Embsay and Grimwith offer opportunities for sailing.

Located high in the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Grimwith Reservoir is the largest inland sailing venue in Yorkshire (371 acres).  We believe it's the best place to enjoy sailing or windsurfing in the area, and some say the North. For more information visit the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club website.

The smaller reservoir above Embsay is the home of Craven Sailing Club.

The post-glacial lake of Semer Water high above Bainbridge in Wensleydale is also available for watersports. Canoeing, sailing and windsurfing all take place here.

Photos courtesy of Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club.

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