River Journey & Woodland Wild Camp

  • Location London
  • Duration 2 days
  • Price £229.00 per person
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Camping
  • digital detox
  • bucket list

Adventure Highlights

Voted as one of the ‘Top 52 weekend activities in the World’ by Lonely Planet. Canoe, kayak or SUP 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 and wild camping in rural Bedfordshire, on one of the most beautiful rivers in Britain. Traveling by canoe, kayak and/or stand-up paddleboard (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.

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Adventure Details

Day 1

Start time 09:00

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 campfire, learning some top tips for preparing bush tucker. Then it’s time to relax around the fire and toast marshmallows.

Day 2

Day two starts 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.

End time 17:00

Effort Level

Relax and unwind whilst exploring the great outdoors

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough


No-frills Accommodation

1 night in a teepee in a private woodland campsite

What's included

  • Guide Fully guided
  • Transportation Transfer back to start-point if on-the-water route doesn’t take you there!
  • Food 1 x free range dinner (day 1) 1 x free range breakfast and lunch (day 2)
  • Equipment All specialist watersports equipment
  • Other Campcraft hints and tips (eg camp cooking), Camaraderie of a friendly group

What you'll need to bring

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs


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:

40 The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3TP, England, United Kingdom


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