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River Journey and Woodland Wild Camp
31st August - 1st September 2019

Voted as one of the ‘Top 52 weekend activities in the World’ by Lonely Planet. Canoe, kayak or SUP down the Great River 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 and wild camping in rural Bedfordshire, on one of the most beautiful rivers in Britain. Travelling by canoe, kayak and/or stand-up paddle board (SUP), no experience is necessary, you'll start your adventure with coaching from professional instructors learning different paddling 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, kingfishers, herons and loads of other wildlife. Bring your swimming costume for some optional wild swimming and rope swings.

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


  • Day 1 (Saturday): After a half day of paddling you'll arrive at a secluded riverside woodland to enjoy a night wild camping under the stars. Make camp in shared tepees or you can bring your own tent or hammock. As a group you’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 2 (Sunday): You’ll start your day with a campfire breakfast, you'll then return to the water and learn new skills ready to put them to the test on some faster moving water/white water in the afternoon.



Download our recommended kit list for canoeing trips HERE.


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.


  • Two days of kayaking/canoeing/SUP instruction

  • Coaching from experienced and qualified instructors

  • 1 night in a teepee in a private woodland campsite

  • Campcraft hints and tips (eg camp cooking)

  • 1 x free range dinner (day 1)

  • 1 x free range breakfast and lunch (day 2)

  • All specialist watersports equipment

  • Camaraderie of a friendly group

  • Transfer back to start-point if on-the-water route doesn’t take you there!


  • Dates: This adventure runs from 9am on Saturday 31st August to approx 4pm on Sunday 1st September 2019.

  • Price: £229 (member price: £214)

  • Earlybird: Book before 7th June 2019 and get £15 off

  • Deposit: £99 with balance due 8 weeks before the trip

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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.