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About Watersports

The UK's beautiful coastlines, lakes and rivers offer countless opportunities to indulge in all types of watersports: surfing, sailing, yachting, kayaking, white water rafting and many more are all for the taking, and each one offers a unique way to appreciate spending time on the water. Whatever your favourite sport is, YHA's extensive network of hostels and lodges around the country offer the perfect places to stay for an unforgettable watersports holiday.

It may not be sunny California, but Britain holds its own when it comes to surfing spots, with places like Sennen Cove in Cornwall, Croyde in Devon, Saltburn in Cleveland and Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire regularly drawing surfers for fun on the waves. Meanwhile, the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia offers an unbeatable experience for canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting, and fans of boating will be spoilt for choice at the Lake District's massive selection of waters.

At all these places and many more, you'll find nearby YHA hostels ready to offer a comfy bed and a bite to eat at an affordable price. Some of our hostels are even located right on lakefronts, so you may not have far to travel every day if you're planning a watersports holiday. YHA London Lee Valley provides the perfect example, with the 180-acre Holyfield Lake just a stone’s throw from our accommodation. There we’ve teamed up with UKSA, whose friendly group instructors lead exhilarating activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and dinghy sailing – just ideal for youth groups.

Watersports holidays in the UK can be energetic or relaxing, and as challenging or beginner-friendly as you like: throughout the network you can easily book sessions with qualified local instructors who’ll be happy to show you the ropes. Whether you're setting out alone or with friends and family, you're sure to return from your break energised and with plenty of new experiences, and it won't be long before you're planning your next big challenge!

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YHA Sheringham is within easy reach of lots of water sports. Favourites include Crowmer Windsurfing School with its friendly instructors, sailing in Blakeney, an area of outstanding beauty and learning to sailing on the Norfolk Broads.

There's a water sports centre on the shore of the lake, only 3 miles from YHA Windermere. It offers, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, sailing and windsurfing for groups and individuals. Kayaks and rowing boats are available for hire on Windermere.


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