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River Journey and Woodland Wild Camp
31st Aug to 1st Sept 2019

Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 weekend activities in the world! Canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard down the River Great Ouse, sleep in a teepee in a private riverside woodland and learn camp cooking on the open fire - all just 35 minutes from central London!


Escape for a weekend of paddling, wild camping and adventure skills in rural Bedfordshire on one of the most beautiful rivers in Britain. Travelling by canoe, kayak and/or stand-up paddle board (no experience is necessary), you'll start your adventure with coaching from professional instructors learning different techniques before heading off downstream. You'll paddle through Bedford's Victorian embankment and out into miles of pristine river. This stretch is known for otter sightings, plenty of kingfishers, herons and other wildlife. Bring your swimming costume for some optional wild swimming and rope swings!

After a half day of paddling you'll arrive at a secluded riverside woodland to enjoy a night wild camping under the stars. You will literally paddle into the site then make camp in shared teepees and tents or you can bring your own tent or hammock. As a group we’ll cook a free-range woodland feast over the camp fire, learning some top tips for preparing bush tucker. Then it’s time to relax around the fire and toast marshmallows.  

Day two starts with a campfire breakfast and some adventure challenges in the woodland and river(???). Then you'll return to the water and improve your skills ready to put them to the test on some fast moving water/white water in the afternoon.

This is a great adventure to travel to by public transport as we'll start and finish just a short walk from Bedford railway station.

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.



Download our recommended basic kit list for canoeing trips HERE. You'll need at least one other set of dry clothes and shoes in case you get wet!


  • Two days of kayaking/canoeing/stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) instruction and other adventures (eg camp cooking, campcraft etc)

  • Coaching from experienced and qualified instructors

  • 1 night in a teepee in a private woodland campsite

  • 1 x free range dinner

  • 1 x free range breakfast

  • 1 x free range lunch??

  • All specialist watersports equipment

  • EC Host

You will need to bring a packed lunch on the first day and sleeping bag and roll mat. You do not need to be able to swim (you will be wearing a buoyancy aid) but you need to be confident on/in the water.


This adventure runs from 9am on Saturday 31st Aug to around 4/5pm on Sunday 1st Sept, 2019.

BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!

  • Discounted Earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £199 (if booked before 7th June 2019)

  • Discounted Earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £214 (if booked before 7th June 2019)

  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £214

  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £229

You'll need to pay a £99 deposit when booking with the balance due by Friday 5th July 2019.

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If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.