Touring

Inland Touring

We run ad-hoc river trips throughout the year including; River Wye camping trip, general paddling trips both locally and further a field.

Upcoming Touring Events:

Jun
24
Sun
Worcester Ring Challenge @ Worcester Canoe Club
Jun 24 all-day
Worcester Ring Challenge @ Worcester Canoe Club | United Kingdom

Sunday 24th June, Full day paddle. Some people may camp the night before near to start.

Speak to Mark James at the club for more info or see below:

THE CHALLENGE: Paddle this circular route down the River Severn and on two separate canal networks.

Distance:  21 Miles
Time: 3.5 – 8 Hours (approx)
Portages and Locks: 32 locks, one weir portage and 3 tunnels
Hazards: Make sure you get out well in advance to portage Bevere weir on the left hand bank. There are three tunnels on this route. If you intend to paddle through them you must ensure you have a forward facing, bright white light, switched on as you go through.
OVERVIEW:  Follow a twenty one mile circular route, starting on the River Severn and taking in a variety of waterways. With thirty-two locks (some of which can be portaged in clusters) one weir to portage and three tunnels along this challenge route, it will be a tough day on the water.
This trip was not possible, for many years, until 2011 when the Droitwich Canals were reopened, having been officially abandoned some seventy years before.
The Worcester Ring is a popular weekend route for canal boaters and also a yearly challenge race, run by Worcester Canoe Club. The race runs each July and you can find more information here.

ROUTE DETAILS:
Start/Finish Location:
Worcester Canoe Club Grandstand Road Worcester WR1 3EJ

The canoe club is at the end of Grandstand Road.
Parking is available on Grandstand Road for free, if there is any, or in the pay and display car park at the start of the road.  There is a toilet and café opposite the car park (or ask at the club if it’s open).
Please do not use the canoe club and rowing club car park

Jun
30
Sat
Chesterfield canal festival @ Staveley Town Basin
Jun 30 – Jul 1 all-day
Chesterfield canal festival @ Staveley Town Basin | United Kingdom

Viking trip planned for weekend of 30 June. Proposed trip to the Chesterfield Canal Festival. Flat water paddling on 5 miles of canal, camping and full access to festival activities including 2 concerts, food and beer tents and lots of fun stalls. Reduced costs for a group of 12 or more.
Please see www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk for festival details.
If you are interested please let Malcolm know

Aug
10
Fri
River Stour Canoe & Camping
Aug 10 – Aug 12 all-day

River Stour, Canoe and Camping trip.

(open to other crafts). Need to be 1 star or higher.

We will be going downriver from the historic market town of Sudbury, through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the edge of the tidal estuary at Cattawade, near Manningtree.

This 25 mile stretch of river passes through some of the most idyllic Suffolk scenery and links together the homes of two of the most famous painters of the British landscape. We start at Sudbury, home to Thomas Gainsborough and pass through Bures, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and the iconic Flatford Mill, made famous by John Constable.

The Plan

 

Friday

Travel down afternoon or evening and set camp, we are staying at the same campsite on both nights.

Rushbanks Farm, Wissington, Colchester CO6 4NA.

There is a pub 1.7 miles, or can rent a camp fire pit.

 

Saturday

Drive to Sudbury (get in), paddle to Bures for lunch, and then continue on to Wissington (campsite)

In the evening we plan to cook food over the campfire (bring your own food)

 

Sunday

Pack away tents in the morning & sort car shuttle

Paddle downstream to Stratford for Lunch and then continue on to Cattawade

Each session is approximately 5-7 miles long and takes around 3-4 hours. The total paddling time for each day is therefore 6-8 hours.

 

Costs

  • £22 – 2 people in tent/caravan/camper per night (maximum of 2 adults)
  • Additional children (above 2 people) are free of charge in the same tent
  • £5 – per additional adult in tent/caravan/camper per night (above 2 adults)
  • £5 – additional separate children only tent per night

It is a fairly basic campsite, although there are warm showers. They do allow campfires but only ones they provide.

  • £4 – Fire Pit (per stay)
  • £12 – Per large bag of wood
  • Wood includes fire-starters & kindling

We would get a few of these for cooking the dinner on the Saturday night and would split the cost between us.

Usual campsite rules apply, with the addition of no dogs.

We can do kit list if people require nearer the time

Due to booking requirements we would need to know who is coming, with campsite fees paid by start of July.

Any Questions and to book – Please speak to Richard Evans or Martin McConnell

captain@vikingkayak.co.uk