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Canoeing on the River Severn

The River Severn is famous for its bore – a tidal phenomenon which flows upstream against the current – and for being the longest river in Britain. Its journey takes it from mid Wales’ Cambrian Mountains, through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, before it flows into the Bristol Channel. The Severn is one mighty stretch of water with the highest flow rate in England and Wales. It’s also home to Canoe UK Ltd.

Severn Bore

They’ve been running canoe trips from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, for nearly 30 years, so it’s safe to say they know their way around. With a safety record as impressive as theirs, you know you’ll be well cared for. No need to worry about skill. Canoe UK Ltd. cater for all, and your time on the river will be a fun day out with a touch of nostalgia at the end.

Their canoe trips range from single days to a two-day camping trip. One of their longest day trips is from Bridgnorth to Bewdley in Worcestershire. This runs for around 14 miles – with stops on the way including a pub lunch – and highlights include the Trimpley rapids, and a train journey back on the Severn Valley Steam Railway. At £37 for adults and £20 for children, including all equipment and safety brief, it’s a great value and a superb day out.

Slightly shorter at around 10 miles, is a day trip to Arley in Cheshire. The trip includes a pub lunch before completing your journey downstream in Arley. This charming village is renowned for its historic Arboretum dating back to the 17th century and the mid-19th century Arley Hall. Your return journey by steam train rounds off the day beautifully. Priced at £32 for adults, and £18 for children, it’s a great family away day.

River Severn

If you’re looking for a touch of adventure including a night under canvas, Canoe UK’s two-day camping trip could be the answer. Each day’s canoeing stages are bite-sized ranging from around 4.5 to 7 miles, so it’s not an Olympic sprint, and you’ll have that glorious scenery to take in, not to mention the wildlife. Red Kites, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons are often seen, so have the cameras primed. The steam train journey back will give you ample chance to relax and talk about your adventure. The trip is great value at £65 for adults and £45 per child.

It isn’t hard to imagine gliding silently downstream through this beautiful part of the West Midlands, taking in the peace and quiet and the teeming wildlife. This, as well as their skills, experience and local knowledge, are part of the reason for Canoe UK’s success. What a great way to switch off and relax. And what an unspoilt county to unwind in. For full details give them a call on 07774-907326.

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