Water AdventuresA Thousand Strokes under a Thousand Stars
Devon is home to some of the UKs most stunning and diverse waterways and coastline.
If you want to take on a paddling journey, we can work to provide an adventure of a lifetime.
We have several journeys offering a range of distances and environments which can be undertaken in canoes, kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards.
Your adventure begins here.
This 2-day adventure will see you spending 2 days travelling in open canoes, stand up paddleboards or kayaks, as well as developing your paddling skills on one of the most beautiful rivers and coastline in Devon. With most our overnight adventures you can opt to include either wild camping with our Wild Style journeys or local accommodation in a suitable and approved hotel or B&B with our Lux and Leisure packages.
You will start your adventure with coaching from your qualified and experienced instructor, learning different techniques before heading off on your adventure. Choose from the following journeys for your adventure:
Option 1- River Exe Wild Style. Starting in the city of Exeter you will take on the weirs and paddle down the river Exe, navigating the waterways until you reach Turf Locks. You can choose to stop off for a drink before continuing your journey to your secluded, wild camping spot on the water’s edge. You will pitch you tent (this can be provided) before tucking into your evening meal. (Your lunch and dinner on day one and breakfast on day 2 is included). With a clear night, this is an amazing area to see the stars at night. Waking up the following morning, you might choose to don your swimmers for a dip in the water before launching the boats, heading up the estuary and canal toward Exeter where your journey will be completed.
Option 2- River Exe Lux and Leisure. Starting in the city of Exeter your coach will work with you to ensure you have the skills required to take on the weirs and paddle down the river Exe, navigating the waterways until you reach Turf Locks. (approximately 10 km). Here you will either pitch your tent in the grounds of Turf Locks or check in to your B&B, yurt or shepards hut. You will have access to washing facilities as well access to the pub for the evening. After settling in, you can choose to stretch your legs and continue the journey out toward the sea along the coastal path before returning for your evening meal at Turf Locks. Your Westcountry Adventure coach will arrange your start time for the following day, so you can decamp, pack and have breakfast in good time. Launching the boats, you will then be heading up the canal toward Exeter where your journey will be completed. If tides permit and you want to extend your journey, you can choose to head out toward to sea for a longer day.
Option 3 – River Dart Wild Style. Taking on one of a number of journeys along the River Dart will provide you with some fantastic views from the water and an experience of a lifetime. Exploring the waterways, creeks and wooded banks by kayak, canoe or SUP. Paddling on the River Dart offers something for everyone, with gently meandering stretches as the river winds into the South Hams. Between Totnes and Dartmouth, the scenery is spectacular and there are some wonderful places you can explore.
Option 4 – River Dart Lux and Leisure. Kayaking on the River Dart is a fantastic way to get to know the local area, and an excellent way to build up an appetite before checking into one of the many B&Bs as well as visiting some of the areas top food and drink establishments. Please discuss accommodation options when making your booking, so we can advise and plan your adventure around your accommodation.
Option 5- Torbay Wild Style. Torbay and the surrounding area has some of the most beautiful coastline in the south west for you to explore. With secluded beaches, rocks to navigate around and even seals and porpoises at times, this is an amazing area to spend your days. We will work with the tides on the day to allow you to have a fun day.
Please be aware that the routes will take into consideration the weather conditions and changes to the itinerary may be needed to ensure both a successful and a safe adventure.
All the adventures are open to beginners and suitable for most, but you will require a reasonable level of fitness as you’ll be self-powering your canoe for the journey (speed will be affected by ability and weather conditions).
- 2 days fully guided paddlesport instructor
- 2 days use of canoe/kayak/SUP (including paddle, buoyancy aid and dry bags for your personal equipment)
- All safety equipment
- Accommodation cost will be included in the final price for all Lux and Leisure adventures
- Tents can be provided if required
- All cooking equipment
- Lunch, dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2 is included in all Wild Style adventures
- Transport of the canoes to the start point and collection of the canoes at the end of the journey
FOOD AND WATER
Food and water is included in our Wild Style adventures. We recommend you bring your own additional snacks for your adventure- foods that can be eaten on the move with ease. We will provide all groups with reusable water bottles (2 ltrs per person) which can be filled up along our journey.
We will send you our recommended personal kit list once you book your adventure.