Tunbridge - Maidstone Paddling Adventure

  • Location London
  • Duration 2 days
  • Price £205.00 per person
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Multi-activity
  • Microadventure

Adventure Highlights

Join us down by the river for a 2 day trip messing about in boats. Running from Tonbridge to Maidstone and then on to the sea, the Medway is a fascinating river that has been used for centuries both as a commercial waterway and, more recently, as a navigation for pleasure-boats, canoes and kayaks. It has an amazing mix of old industrial sites and more modern facilities and there are a number of locks to negotiate on route via canoe slides. It is also home to a huge variety of wildlife including kingfishers, barn owls and perhaps, for the very quiet, otters and water voles!

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Corporates
  • Families
  • Hen / Stag parties
  • School groups

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Adventure Details

Day 1

Start time 10:00

Travel down by train to Tonbridge and meet ESOC leaders. Drop luggage in our kit vehicle and walk the short distance to the river. Organise kit and food into boats and begin a leisurely paddle downstream, through Tonbridge and out into the countryside. Finish at Oak Weir Lock and set up tents and cook dinner on camping stoves.

Day 2

After breakfast, continue downstream past the steepest and highest canoe pass on the journey (a great opportunity for some brilliant videos and pictures!), a disused lock and visit the world famous teapot museum. Finish the journey at Yalding bridge and taxi back to Tonbridge Station to return to London.

End time 16:00

Effort Level

You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough


Comfort Accommodation

The group will stay in hike tents with inflatable sleeping mats.

What's included

  • Guide Fully guided
  • Food Breakfast will be a choice of cereal, porridge and hot sandwiches, lunch will be packed ready to have out on the river and dinner will be a carbohydrate rich feast to replace all the energy used paddling! Please ensure any dietary requirements are listed when booking.
  • Drink Some drinks will be provided. However, please ensure you bring along a person bottle to keep hydrated.
  • Equipment Canoes, life jackets, Bowl, knife, fork, mug and spoon, Sleeping Mats, Tents, Cooking Equipment, Food

What you'll need to bring

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Drink
  • Camping Equipment Sleeping bag, Head Torch, Water bottle (Sig or Nalgene recommended, not reused drink bottle)
  • Other Shoes for paddling in (closed toes recommended), Shoes for camp (walking boots/trainers), Socks and underwear, Pyjamas, T-shirts, Trousers (lightweight cotton/tracksuit bottoms. NOT jeans which, once wet, are heavy, uncomfortable, and impossible to dry!), Shorts, Warm Jumper, Full set of Waterproofs (trousers AND jacket), Sunglasses / Sunscreen (SPF 30), General Toiletries, Towel, Eye Care material (if applicable), Insect Repellent,


Strict - Cancel up to 31 days before your adventure to recieve a 75% refund

Cancelling less than 30 days before results in no refund.

Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.

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Starting point:

Tonbridge, UK

Adventure leader

The Exploration Society

The Exploration Society