Bridgnorth to Bewdley River Severn Canoe Trip

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🛶 Distance: 14 miles
⌛ Duration: 5‑6 hours
👪 Ages 7+ (see age restrictions)
🚐 Free minibus transport
🕙 Start time: 08:45

14-mile canoe hire trip on the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Bewdley with time to stop off in Hampton Loade, Highley or Arley along the way. Enjoy some faster flowing areas and varied scenery as the river meanders alongside the path of the historic Severn Valley Railway steam trains.


per person (based on 3 people sharing a canoe)

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Inclusive of VAT. An additional 5% online booking fee is charged by our booking system provider.

Difficulty Level 4 of 5We have graded all of the routes and trips we offer across our various locations on a relative difficulty scale of 1 to 5 (from easy to moderately difficult).

This trip is rated 4/5 because of a trickier section to navigate at the beginning of this section.

Prior canoeing experience is recommended but not required. You will be given a safety brief and a route map outlining the features of the route.

If you are a confident swimmer, a generally competent person when it comes to learning new things and good at following instructions then you will manage just fine!

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About this route

Paddle the Severn Canoe Trail from Bridgnorth to Bewdley, through the Severn Valley Country Park, and enjoy some faster-flowing areas as the River Severn criss-crosses and runs alongside the historic Severn Valley steam railway.

You will pass the villages of Hampton Loade, Highley and Arley during your canoe trip and you are welcome to get out of your canoe for refreshments.

The most convenient place to stop for a bite to eat or an ice cream is Arley Riverside Tearooms on the left side of the river in Arley.

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Who is it suitable for?

At low water levels our Bridgnorth to Bewdley canoe hire route has some slightly more technical sections, meaning you must be confident you can steer a canoe and swim in moving water in the unlikely event of a capsize.

This trip is suitable for competent beginners but you must be a confident swimmer and listen carefully to the instructions during your safety brief!

Due to the nature of the River Severn on the Bridgnorth to Bewdley section, we have set age restrictions, please scroll down to read these if you are wanting to go take children with you.

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Unbeatable value

So if it’s a one-way trip, how do I get back to my car?

We offer free transport from Bewdley to Bridgnorth at the start of your trip, so there is no need to worry about shuttling cars.

This canoe hire trip is the best value you will find on the River Severn!

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What to expect

Meet us at our base at Bewdley Rowing Club — look for the big yellow minibus and trailer full of yellow canoes! We will provide you with paddles and buoyancy aids, then it’s time to jump in the minibus.

From there, we will drive you to the canoe launch point in Bridgnorth where you will be given a map, a safety brief and an introduction on how to paddle your canoe.

We will make sure you are feeling safe and comfortable in your canoe on the river and then you will be free to paddle the 14 miles downstream to Bewdley at your own pace.

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Bringing the kids?

Under-10s: the minimum age for this trip is 7 years old. To paddle this route with 7-10 year olds, you will need to be in a Rafted Canoe.

Under-13s: kids aged 10-13 will need to be accompanied by two adults and sit in the middle seat of a 3-seat canoe.

Ages 13+ can paddle at the front of a 2-seat canoe with a responsible adult.

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What is a Rafted Canoe?

A Rafted Canoe is where we secure two canoes together side-by-side to create a craft that cannot be capsized. This requires a minimum of two adults at the back of the boat to steer and propel the Rafted Canoe. In front of the two adults you can seat up to two young children (7+) and, in front of them, a further two teenagers or adults.

When booking, please select your choice of 2-seat or 3-seat canoes (at least two!) and then add the Rafted Canoe option.

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Not quite what you're looking for?

If these age restrictions mean that this option is currently unsuitable for your group, why not take a look at our Arley to Bewdley route or our other location in Shrewsbury?

These canoe trips are suitable for slightly different age ranges as the character of the River Severn is different in these sections of the river.

See our Arley to Bewdley trip

After something a little shorter?

If 6 hours and 14 miles sounds like a bit much, how about our best-selling 8-mile trip from Hampton Loade to Bewdley?

You will still get to experience the fun of sections of the River Severn such as “Trimpley Rapids” but with a bit less effort required!

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Severn Valley Railway

You can even get a steam train back to Bridgnorth from Bewdley!
If it is more convenient for you to meet us in Bridgnorth, you can! How? Read on below for details...

Hire a Canoe launch point in Bridgnorth

Our Bridgnorth to Bewdley canoe trip starts from Severn Park in Bridgnorth.

If you would like to meet us directly in Bridgnorth and get the Severn Valley Railway steam train back to Bridgnorth at the end of your canoe trip, you are welcome to do so!

We have discounted one-way train tickets available to purchase.

If you choose this option, we will meet you in Bridgnorth for your canoe trip instead! The meet time for a Bridgnorth to Bewdley canoe trip with steam train return is 9:15am by the slipway in Severn Park, Bridgnorth.