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Sporting Event, Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017

National Go Canoeing Week

National Go Canoeing Week


Aubrey & Clare Fry,
Racquety Farm,

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Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun National Go Canoeing Week


National Go Canoeing Week 2017
#TheBigAdventure in Hay on Wye

National Go Canoeing Week runs from 27th May to 4th June and the idea behind the week is to get as many people out on the water as possible.

We will make sure everyone gets to register their miles with us to help British Canoeing reach their target of 30,000 miles paddled throughout the week.

With just a short time to go until #TheBigAdventure here are the BIG 3 great ways you can get involved. . .

1. Attend an Event @wantocanoe HQ
We've got loads of great activities on offer, for paddlers of all ages and abilities! want to canoe? is ideally situated on the banks of the River Wye in Hay on Wye on our small, organic, family-run farm. The farm, as well as arable and pasture also offers a gorgeous mile-stretch of riverbank, ancient woodland areas, camping, glamping, BnB and self-catering as well as Hayfield Community Garden, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and a market-garden raspberry patch!

So this half-term week in Hay on Wye, just down the road from WANT TO CANOE? HQ it is the world famous Hay Literature Festival as well as lots of other independent pop-up events and activities in the town itself . . . you can join us on the river to escape the festival buzz for a while and enjoy some peace and tranquility! It also works the other way around too! ; Why not combine your adventures on the river with a leisurely stroll around the bookshops, markets and historic sights in our friendly and vibrant market town of Hay on Wye. It’s only five minutes walk over the bridge to town so make a day of it or even stay over!

Canoeing with us is a great way to have some fun in the outdoors, get a gentle work-out, oxidise and blast those bleary eyes from last night at the festival or simply just sit back and enjoy the breath-taking wildlife and scenery . . .
Book our hire-canoes and head off on your own or even better join one of our guided adventures. . . a bespoke set of tours for groups/families/staff teams etc.

Set yourself a challenge. . . Our Challenge Paddle provides you with the opportunity to complete a six mile route in a handpicked, scenic location, in your own time and at your own pace.

Everyone who takes part in one of our Challenge Paddles will receive a Go Canoeing medal for their efforts and the mileage completed can be registered with us to help us reach our overall target! You'll also be entered into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes. . . BONUS!

The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. want to canoe? offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from two different start-points, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells. Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, dragonflies, ducks, swans and otters all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe. #FindYourEpic Pre-booking is advised but not essential and we have an enormous fleet of versatile Open Canoes available to hire including two-man, three-man and family options. We supply all the kit you need as well as the all-important return transport at the end of your challenge. There's also a complimentary cup of tea or coffee on arrival while you are completing paperwork and planning your route with the team.

You will receive a thorough safety-briefing and practice paddle before you head off downstream so be assured you are in very safe hands. Challenge Guided Tours are also available!

Alternatively, if you have your own boat and equipment you can bring it down, we will arrange your logistics and support!

2. Go on a Guided Tour
This half term paddle your local area with a fantastic guide to enthuse and inform you!

Explore the secrets of the waterways from a whole new perspective.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced paddler, our Guided Tours offer a great way to get out on the water during National Go Canoeing Week.

3. Take On an Independent Challenge

Get out and do what you enjoy!

Crank up your miles in your usual way, or maybe push yourself and do a few extra for the week.

Tackle our challenge route covering 6 miles from Hay to Whitney or go all out and take on a full-day or multi-day expedition!

Still not convinced?! See what was achieved last year.....
12,864 participants took part in 2016
38,395 miles paddled collectively
360 activities and events took place from 78 locations
197 organisations/groups took part and registered miles Marketing reach 14 million Highest Individual mileage: 227 miles Highest Club mileage: 2730 miles Highest Organisation mileage: 5550 miles (that was us @wantocanoe!)

Give us a call today to start planning your adventure!

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017 08:00 to 18:00


From £25 per person for a half-day session



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Map reference: SO 226425  Lat: 52.07613 Long: -3.12957


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