The Perfect Staycation – Kayaking and wild camping under the stars

Getting away from it all can be difficult in the current situation. I was sent this information from Canoe Trail and honestly, it sounds amazing – like the perfect way to switch off and enjoy nature. I’m a lover of camping anyway and find that its the perfect way to unwind, so after any recent stresses this would be great. It would also be a brilliant opportunity to spend some quality time with slightly older children who like a bit of adventure!

Canoe Trail is based in Bedford (as are their canoe and camp trips) and they have beautifully detailed everything below. They are working to a very tight risk management procedure as well to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors.

If it sounds like your sort of thing visit their website for more information.

What you could expect from your trip…..

Starry skies, toasted marshmallows, canoeing and wild camping.

After a few hours paddling in your canoe, gently lilly dipping down the River Great Ouse you
turn into the little brook leading to the woodland campsite. It narrows and is decorated with
gorgeous green rushes and plant life enticing you towards your destination. A few hundred
metres later and you have passed under two small foot bridges and arrive at the woodland
portage, the steps up the river bank.

The woodland stands tall with poplars, oaks, English maple and a myriad of other species
and was a test woodland for Bryant and May, the match company. The little brook as much
a wading as paddling exercise is home to kingfishers flitting effortlessly displaying their
bright plumage, otters and their kits and the odd statue like Heron. The woods are equally
blessed with wildlife as badgers snuffle and explore after dusk, deer bark to signal the
morning as well as the wood peckers yaffle and owls hooting. It is the perfect antidote to
modern life and our digital overload.

Sometimes you have to pinch yourself that you are not in the wilds of the Canadian Boreal
forest or some other pristine paradise. In fact you are in rural Bedfordshire, less than an
hour from London on Britain’s fourth longest river. Canoe Trail’s private woodland was
voted Top 52 Things to Do in the World by Lonely Planet for family activities and Top 3
places for a UK SUP adventure by Red Bull Magazine in recent years. You will not be

After unloading your kit it’s time to stroll the woodland path to your personal clearing and
set up camp. Tents erected and kit unpacked the world is your oyster. Kick back, chill your
drinks and get the camp fire lit for a woodland feast. Food always tastes so much better in
the outdoors. Hone your BBQ skills cooking on glowing embers, toast your marshmallows,
make a smor and settle back to unwind and relax. There’s plenty of time for family fun with
a wild swim in the river, practice some bushcraft skills or even go for a walk around the
Grange Estate.

Booking is simple, visit Canoe Trail’s website and select the canoe and
camp tab (you can select kayaks, the luggage service or even hire a tepee tent). Trips
currently start and finish at our Bedford base where you will receive a friendly welcome and
your briefing and equipment. Prices start from £179 for a 2 person canoe on the mid week
camp option or £99 per kayak.

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