£100 – £160

Canoe and Wild Camp on the River Medway

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£100 – £160

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Tonbridge Railway Station (Stop H)

Barden Rd

Tonbridge

TN9 1TT

United Kingdom

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A slice of wilderness, open fires and Tipi wild camping. The plan Two day canoe and wild camp adventure. Enjoy the majestic tranquillity o

About this event

A slice of wilderness, open fires and Tipi wild camping.

The plan

Two day canoe and wild camp adventure. Enjoy the majestic tranquillity of the Medway river. Once out of Tonbridge we paddle through the meadows of the Medway Valley, with no roads in sight. The quiet pace of the river is perfect for observing nature and wildlife on the river. You can also fly down through the locks on the river using the canoe passes to give you a short burst of white water.

Camp on a river island in a Tipi with a wood burning stove to heat the space and and an open fire. If you feel more adventurous you can sleep under a tarp. Share an evening meal cooked over the fire to give you energy for the next day's paddle. A chance to stargaze and experience the splendour of nature away from the lights and noise of the city.

Learn basic canoeing skills and also the lore of camp craft, from knot tying to fire lighting with feather sticks.

The Paddling

No experience necessary but some level of fitness recommended. Day one is 13km which takes around 5 hours of paddling with a break for lunch. Day two is 15km which takes around 6 hours of paddling with a break for lunch.

What is included

All meals, so lunch and supper on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and energy snacks.

All canoeing and camping equipment including canoes, buoyancy aids, paddles, waterproof jackets if needed, dry bags to keep your personal things in and sleeping bags and thermarests.

What to bring and what to wear

Comfortable active wear for paddling. Warm jumper and hat for the evening. Overnight bag. Water bottle.

Start point

Tonbridge station, Kent. Finish at Maidstone station, Kent.

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Date and time

Location

Tonbridge Railway Station (Stop H)

Barden Rd

Tonbridge

TN9 1TT

United Kingdom

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organiser Wilderness Weekends

Organiser of Canoe and Wild Camp on the River Medway

James Hewson and Maria Gandy have delivered outdoor pursuits for over 15 years. 

Maria is a yoga teacher and the visionary director of Wilderness Weekends.  Along with Wilderness Weekends, she runs several companies including a nursery, a yoga studio and a dofe and outdoor training company called Mountainwise.

James's experience is in outdoor activity leadership, coaching and guiding. He is a qualified mountain instructor, teaching climbing, abseiling, ice climbing and navigation skills. He is also a qualified canoeing and kayaking coach on rivers and at sea. He also teaches bushcraft and survival skills.

James' qualifications are:

AALA – Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Licence Holder

Climbing and Mountaineering:

MIC – Mountain Instructor Certificate

IML – International Mountain Leader

IOL – Institute for Outdoor Learning Bushcraft Provider

Mountain Training Provider of the following awards:

SPA – Single Pitch Assessment

ML – Mountain Leader

CWA / CWLA / CWAA – Climbing Wall Award / Leader Award / Abseil Award

Canoeing and Kayaking:

BCU – British Canoe Union – Level 3 Kayak Coach, Level 4 Sea Coach

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