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UK River Expeditions

We provide an extensive range of river based expeditions for youth or adult groups. We can provide you with all the equipment you need for an all inclusive touring expedition on many rivers within England and Wales. We regularly carry out canoe or kayak based expeditions on the following rivers;

River Wye

wye mapThe beautiful River Wye (Welsh: Afon Gwy) is the fifth longest river in the UK and for part of its length forms part of the border between England and Wales. It is an important conservation and recreational waterway with it's source starting in the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon. It flows through or past several towns and villages including Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hay On Wye, Hereford, Ross On Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth and Tintern, meeting the Severn estuary just below Chepstow.

The Wye itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most important rivers in the UK for nature conservation. The Wye is a popular river with canoeists due to the relatively slow flowing water making it ideal for novices, yet the Symonds Yat rapids are more challenging albeit rather short in length.

Fact file: Length, 185 miles (297kms) from source to sea. Grade 1/2 between Glasbury to Chepstow.

Our Trips: We can run canoe or kayak touring expeditions along the Wye from Builth Wells to Tintern. A particularly scenic touring trip for adults and simple a first class touring river for any DOE award group.This is a beautiful touring river and we can't praise its scenic beauty enough.

River Teifi

The River Teifi (Welsh: Afon Teifi) is one of the longest rivers found entirely in Wales flowing into Cardigan bay through the town of Cardigan in Cardiganshire. The Teifi has its source in in Teifi Pools in the northern part of the county, effectively in the mid Wales region. The river passes through through one of the great raised mires of Britain known as Gors Goch Glan Teifi also known as Tregaron Bog. Over the next 30 miles the Teifi meanders generally south-west in a gentle arc, passing through the villages and towns of Tregaron, Cwmann, Lampeter, Llanybydder, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn, Cenarth, Llechryd and finally Cardigan town. The river becomes tidal below Llechryd and descends into Cardigan town through the beautiful steep-sided Cilgerran Gorge.

Fact file: Length, 75 miles (120 kms) from source to sea. Grades 1/2 between Pont Gogoyan to Cardigan with very short sections of 3-5 (obviously not for touring).

Our Trips: We can run canoe or kayak touring expeditions along the Teifi from Lampeter to Cardigan. This is a challenging touring river and especially good for DOE Gold Award groups who have received adequate pre expedition training.

River Severn

severn mapThe River Severn (Welsh: Afon Hafren) is the longest river in Great Britain and is the greatest river in terms of water flow in England and Wales. It too (along with the Wye) raises in Plynlimon near Llanidloes, Powys. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcester, Gloucestershire to enter the sea in the vast estuary that bears its name near Chepstow. On its long journey the Severn passes through Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Bridgenorth, Bewdley, Stourport, Worcester, Tewksbury and Gloucester.

Fact file: 220 miles (354 kms) from source to sea. Grade 1/2 with one short section of 3 just below Ironbridge. There are also weirs and locks.

Our Trips: We can run canoe or kayak touring expeditions along the Severn from Abermule near Welshpool to Tewksbury. This is a classic touring river that passes through the historic border counties of England and Wales. Due to the volume of the Severn this is a particularly reliable summer touring river for DOE award groups.

River Thames

thames locksThe River Thames is the second longest river in the UK and the longest river entirely in England. It rises at Thames Head in Gloucester and flows into the North Sea at the Thames Estuary. While it is best known because its lower reaches flow through central London, the river also flows through several other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading and Windsor before reaching London.

The Thames has a special historic significance as it flows through London where river is tidal with a rise and fall of 7 metres (23 ft). The catchment area of the Thames covers a large part of South Eastern and Western England and the river is fed by over 20 tributaries. The river contains over 80 islands, and having both seawater and freshwater stretches, it supports a variety of wildlife.

Fact file: 215 miles (346 kms) from source to sea. Grade 1 with weirs and locks.

Our Trips: We can run canoe or kayak touring expeditions along the Thames from Lechlade to Windsor. The Thames is very underrated but we assure you it is a beautiful and historic touring river that passes through the heartland of the home counties. Your journey will take you past beautifully kept locks, through Oxford, Henley, past Windsor Castle and much, much more. This is a great touring river for the tourist, adult recreational or youth group alike.

We can tailor a canoe or kayak trip on any of these rivers to the length of your choosing. We can either arrange a fully self contained camping touring expedition or stay in B&B accommodation en route, the choice is yours. As a guide we provide a regular four day camping expedition trip on the Wye for £250 per person (see our canoeing section) As these trips provide so many variations we price most of our trips up on request so please contact us to find out more.

In addition visit the canoeing section to find out more about daily kayak or canoe trips and prices.

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