Activities for the summer


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Bedford Borough Council – Summer Courses

Canoe Trail’s Adventure School

Canoe Trail is a family run multi-award winning watersports and adventure business that runs a wide range of outdoor activities across the UK and further afield. Canoe Trail’s instructors and programmes are structured around years of experience inspiring and teaching outdoor activities and life skills. Canoe Trail’s Adventure School programme, provides a unique blend of paddling activities, adventure skills and life skills in a fun action packed week. 

Sir Ran Fiennes (World’s Greatest Living Explorer offered these words about Adventure School…)

“Adventure School is a fantastic programme for young people offering a blend of outdoor activities and all important life skills. I have long maintained on my expeditions that selecting people with the right personal attributes is the key to success as you can teach and train the technical aspects.  I am convinced that Adventure School will provide many young people with the foundation and grounding in life skills such as team work, leadership, problem solving and decision making to give them the best start in life. It will change lives and help prepare them for future challenges. Happy adventuring.”

‘Wet And Wild’ Course

Based on Bedford’s stunning Victorian Embankment this programme will include canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in a fun, safe and progressive learning environment. Canoe Trail’s instructor team have vast experience and qualifications to make sessions enjoyable, fun and inspiring. These sessions will also include some simple bushcraft sessions on the riverbank whilst exploring Bedford’s stunning river Great Ouse.

The ‘wet and wild’ course provides fantastic opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors and re-wild themselves immersed in nature.

‘Woodland Wild’ Course

Based from our private woodland in Willington this programme will include a wide range of team challenges, bushcraft activities as well some days spent doing watersports. Canoe Trail’s instructors are experienced in bushcraft with expert sessions on fire lighting, carving and camp fire cooking to name a few. This week will also include sessions on shelter building, low ropes and archery. It will also of course include a couple of days of watersports activities, we are after all a watersports and adventure business after all.

The ‘woodland wild’ course provides fantastic opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors and re-wild themselves immersed in nature.

More About Canoe Trail

The award winning is run by husband and wife team Ashley and Richard (a professional adventurer with over 10,000 miles on the trail) providing water sports  and adventurous activities which was voted Top52 things to do in the world by Lonely Planet. They run youth programmes including Princes Trust, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and Adventure School which they developed with Sport England offering technical skills and life skills for young people.

Canoe Trail runs expeditions to canoe the wilder parts of Scotland, canoeing 440 miles of the Yukon River and also canoeing in Algonquin Park and Temagami every year. They help train lots of novice paddlers to achieve their adventure sand expedition goals and dreams. Canoe Trail was recently voted in the Top 3 UK destination to stand up paddle board for micro adventures and was a finalist in the Adventure Awards 2019.

  • 1000 young people attend the Adventure School Programmes each year
  • Over 100 young people completing duke of Edinburgh each year
  • Voted Top 52 things to do in the world by Lonely Planet for family activities
  • Voted Top 3 destination to Stand Up paddle board in the UK by Red Bull Magazine
  • Private riverside woodland for camping, outdoor activities and bushcraft
  • Archery, airguns and team challenges

Experienced and highly qualified instructor team

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