Half Day: Bedford to Cardington Lock to Bedford

This one is the ideal route for any beginner to paddling.  The journey is suitable for young children since adults will be the only ones in the canoe for an hour on each course. Therefore, the children will enjoy a more manageable river journey at a leisurely pace.
The Route
The journey starts at the Bedford’s Victorian Embankment near a local café before exploring Bedfordshire in the rural countryside. The river bank is overflowing with wildlife.
Along the route, there is one portage point. The location enables you to enjoy a picnic before continuing upstream. After you start paddling, you will see the Victorian Boat Slide.

2 Days Canoe and Camp: Kempston Mill to Matchstick Wood to Great Barford

The Great Ouse River is a simple and easy river to paddle in. This trip has a lot of contrasts with the rural stretches and the newly built area around Bedford which is always crowded.
The trail starts at 60 miles down the river from the highest point of navigation. River Ouse has been extremely modernized and canalized over the years. However, after the Second World War, the old navigation fell, showing the increasing interest of people regarding boating.
The Route
Great Ouse is a small river that is above Bedford. After 2.3 miles of paddling, there is a two-railway bridge mark as you approach the Bedford town. Here, paddlers should …

Full Day: Bedford to Great Barford

This is a nice trip to help you pass the time during a short afternoon. The river banks are full of wildlife such as birds, grass snakes, and kingfishers.
There are three main portage points where you can get off the canoe and stretch a little. Most of our clients use these points to grab a bite. You might need a car for the start and finish. The trip might take three hours.
The Route
You start at Longholme Island and start paddling downstream. At first, there won’t be much to see apart from the Victorian Boat Slide which is now a source of green electricity.
As you continue paddling, you will come across the Old Bedford then …