Montford Bridge to Shrewsbury

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⌛ Duration: 4‑5 hours
👪 Ages 5+ (see age restrictions)
🚐 Free minibus transport
🕙 Start times: 9:00, 10:20, 11:40

Setting out from the historic Montford Bridge near Shrewsbury, follow the River Severn Canoe Trail as it meanders downstream through the beautiful English countryside surrounded by native woodland, hills and a stunning array of wildlife.


per canoe with 2 persons

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

Difficulty level 2 of 5

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

This trip is suitable for beginners and is rated 2/5 because you will be required to negotiate a section of tree-lined faster-moving water.

Prior canoeing experience is not required. You will be given a safety brief and will be made aware of what to look out for along 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!

Dog-friendly canoe hire

About this route

The Montford Bridge to Frankwell section of the River Severn is suitable for beginners, with a couple of gentle yet easy-to-navigate faster-flowing sections mixed with an ever changing view of rolling hills, forests and large country estates to keep the route exciting. You will be paddling with the current downstream into the heart of Shrewsbury.

This route is suitable for beginners, couples, families and groups. You are more than welcome to bring your dog along too!

Pack a picnic for this 5-hour adventure and enjoy your lunch floating through the countryside or pulled up along one of the stopping points en route.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along this route—from fish jumping out of the water, to buzzards, herons, swans (maybe the black swan might make an appearance again this season!) and even kingfishers. The lucky few may even be graced with the presence of an otter or two!

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Montford Bridge to Shrewsbury Route Map

What to expect

We meet you in Frankwell, Shrewsbury, in our big yellow minibus then drive you to our canoe hire centre in Montford Bridge where we will issue kit, explain the route, give you an introduction to your chosen craft and a safety brief and get you on the river!

We will provide you with a buoyancy aid and a paddle, and any kit required is included in the price of hire.


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Canoeing Safety brief Montford Bridge

Bringing the kids?

Under-7s: the minimum age for this trip is 5 years old. To paddle this route with 5-7 year olds, you will need to be in a Rafted Canoe. This 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 (5+) and in front of them, a further two older children 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.

Under-10s: kids aged 7-10 will need to be accompanied by two adults and sit in the middle seat of a 3-seat canoe.

Ages 10+ can paddle at the front of a 2-seat canoe with a responsible adult.

Did we mention we love dogs? They are welcome to come along, free of charge.

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We have kayaks too!

If you have previous experience paddling a kayak and were able to go in a straight line then you can paddle this route in a single kayak instead!

We have a fleet of yellow Venture Flex 11 kayaks, which are stable and have a large cockpit for easy access.

Our kayaks are suitable for ages 13+ and must be hired along with another craft to ensure there are at least two people on the water together, for safety reasons.

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Yellow Venture Flex 11 Kayak

Or you could SUP it!

This route can be completed on a stand-up paddle board too!

To choose this option, you MUST have been paddle boarding before. If you are a beginner, please first join one of our SUP lessons or hire a board from us in the centre of Shrewsbury.

Our fleet of boards are Tahe rigid SUPs and come in the following sizes:
10’6″ – recommended for small/medium adults up to 75 kg
11’6″ – recommended for larger adults up to 110 kg

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Our customers say it better than we can—and they take better pictures too!

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Meet us in Shrewsbury, we will drive you upstream to Montford Bridge then you can canoe 12 miles downstream through the beautiful Shropshire countryside surrounded by woodland and a stunning array of wildlife

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From £25

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From £20

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