Hampton Loade to Bewdley Canoe Hire on the River Severn

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🛶 Distance: 8 miles
⌛ Duration: 3‑4 hours
👪 Ages 7+ (see age restrictions)
🚐 Free minibus transport
🕙 Start time: 10:30 or 12:00

8-mile canoe hire trip on the River Severn from Hampton Loade to Bewdley with time to stop off in 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.


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Difficulty level 3 of 5

We 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 3/5 because you will be required to negotiate obstacles and islands along this section.

Prior canoeing experience is 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

Hire a canoe to paddle the Severn Canoe Trail from Hampton Loade to Bewdley, passing through the Severn Valley Country Park. Enjoy some faster-flowing areas as the River Severn criss-crosses and runs alongside the historic Severn Valley steam railway.

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Who is it suitable for?

At low water levels our Hampton Loade 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 beginners so long as you are a confident swimmer and you listen carefully to the instructions during your safety brief!

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

You will pass the village of Arley during your canoe trip and you are welcome to get out of your canoe for refreshments at Arley Riverside Tearooms on the left side of the river or walk uphill on the right side of the river to visit The Harbour Inn.

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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 Hampton Loade at the start of your trip, so there is no need to worry about shuttling cars.

Our canoe hire trips are 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 Hampton Loade 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 8 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

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