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A guide to some of the best water activities in Wiltshire

Posted on 06th March 2015

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With the weather improving and the Easter holidays just around the corner, Wiltshire is set to welcome thousands of holidaymakers in the coming weeks and months.

These holidaymakers will be spoilt as there are not only amazing properties and cottages in Wiltshire offering great places for visitors to stay, but the county boasts a number of attractions and activities that they can do during their holiday.

Whilst Wiltshire’s historical sites, walks and stately homes often are the main reasons for a holidaymaker’s visit, something that is not immediately thought about is the county’s range of water activities that are on offer.

Water attractions in Wiltshire may not be as well-known as attractions such as Stonehenge, but there are plenty on offer to please all members of the family.

We have compiled a list of some of the water-based activities that people can take part in as well as some of the places to visit that offer these activities.

Canoeing and Kayaking

There are plenty of canoeing and kayaking opportunities available in Wiltshire. Some of the most popular routes include canoeing or kayaking in or around Salisbury and from Chippenham to Lacock.


Kite Boarding

If you or any of your family members are thrill seekers then wakeboarding is a must-try. Groups or couples can try wakeboarding at the Cotswold Water Park, which consists of 150 lakes.

For those that are unfamiliar with the sport; Wakeboarding is a water sport that is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. Participants ride on a wakeboard along the surface of the water and attempt to jump and produce tricks.

Ride on a canal boat

The famous Kennet & Avon canal is 87-miles long and passes through Wiltshire’s stunning countryside, linking London to the Bristol Channel.

One of the best ways to travel the canal is by hopping on a canal boat at Bradford on Avon as a number of trips and tours are on offer to visitors from here.

Riding on a canal boat is one of the most relaxing and luxurious ways to see Wiltshire’s beautiful countryside as well.

Ringo Rides

The Cotswold Water Park, one of Cotswolds best attractions, is also home to Ringo Rides.

Ringo Rides, or Donut rides as they are also known, are inflatable tyre rides that are pulled by power boats that drag you across the lake.

This is the perfect activity for adrenaline junkies as you are dragged inches from the water at extremely high speeds.

Pedalo rides


If you have young children then riding on a pedalo is a great activity to introduce to your children.

Pedalo rides are available along the Kennet & Avon canal and are a great way to explore the canal as well as being a great activity to tire out your children.

So if you are going on any cottage holidays in Wiltshire in the near future then try out some of the aforementioned water activities during your stay.

Image Credit: Jason Ippolito, Boost , Garry Knight (flickr.com)