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Sharpham Family Canoe Adventure

Thursday 29 July, 10am PROMPT until 2pm

Sharpham House and The Bathing House from the River DartAn amazing opportunity for you and your family to experience the nature and beauty of the River Dart from 12-seater Canadian canoes.

Starting from North Quay on the Sharpham Estate, we will explore up and down the river at a gentle pace, relaxing and taking in the wonderful natural beauty and wildlife of this tidal section.


This event is part of our Wild For People rewilding project. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able to offer free places on this event for children.


There will be an experienced skipper from our partners Canoe Adventures in each of the canoes, steering, ensuring everyone stays safe and revealing some of the wonderful stories about the Dart along the way.

 

Proper, timeless, quality, healthy fun for friends and family to enjoy together, on the water and on the shore.  Paddling, seals, laughter & chat, hauling up on the river bank for refreshments, tea & biscuits and more. All rolled up in one great adventure paddling through the magnificent landscape that is our River Dart estuary 

                                                               – Canoe Adventures

 

 

Who is this event for?

This event is for 24 people. There is NO wiggle room.

There can be a ratio of 1 child to 1 adult, or 1 child to 2 adults, but there is a maximum of 2 children to every 1 adult.

Adults CANNOT book without a child/children.

Canoe Adventures canoe

Canoe Adventures advice on what to wear

  • Everyone should dress for a day outdoors.  Please note it is often cooler and/or brighter out on the water than you may be used to. Whatever the day’s weather forecast, bring waterproofs and a warm layer. 
  • Sun cream and hats are important when it is sunny, and shades/sunglasses are useful if you have them.  
  • We advise against jeans; they are not good in the heat or cold, and can be dangerous when wet and cold. We provide a 'dry bag' to keep your waterproofs and warm layers dry when you are not wearing them.
  • Footwear: wear shoes that stay on and that you don't mind getting a bit muddy.  Old trainers are ideal.  In summer, sandals with straps over the heel are great too. Flip-flops can get very slippery. Walking boots are fine.
     

Canoe Adventures skippers are entitled to refuse people if they are not, in their opinion, sufficiently dressed for the day's conditions.

Given the canoes require a minimum number of people and a specific adult:child ratio, turning away one or two people could cost the whole trip.  

Canoe Adventures canoe

Canoe Adventures advice on what else to bring

Canoe Adventures provide a 'dry bag' for your warm layers, waterproofs and precious things. 

There is some space elsewhere in the canoe for bags of food and provisions which we advise you put in plastic bags or small backpacks that don't mind splashes or light mud.  You don't need to bring much more gear than that. 

There is no reason to go in the water if you don't want to!  Nor should your camera or phone get wet, so long as you have suitable cases, good pockets in your waterproofs, or use our on board 'dry bag'. 

Food

Bring a snack for the children and, as you will be out until 2pm, bring a light picnic for when we stop on the shore. 

Water

Bring a bottle of drinking water each. At least a litre per person is recommended.  You may be surprised how dehydrated you can get on the water.

 

Canoe Adventures health & safety

By joining our activity you are presenting yourself as medically fit to do so. Please advise us in advance when you or anyone in your group has any health or fitness condition that may affect safety or ability to participate in canoeing. 

Non-swimmers should make themselves known to their skipper/guide on the day. Advice given on 'dress' is part of our health and safety policy and risk assessment.
 

PunctualitySharpham House & Bathing House

We work on a very tidal estuary so we cannot be flexible over start times, especially on low water trips.  The tide never waits!  One or two no shows or late arrivals could cost the whole trip.

This event has been carefully planned and numbers are limited - please tell us immediately if you've booked but can't make it so we can give others the chance to come.


For more information on Canoe Adventures, their safe practice, sustainable ethos and style see www.canoeadventures.co.uk

 

This event runs from 10am PROMPT to 2.00pm.

We work on a very tidal estuary so we cannot be flexible over start times, especially on low water trips.  The tide never waits!  One or two no shows or late arrivals could cost the whole trip.

Drive/walk/cycle to the Three-Way Junction where you'll see signs for parking and meeting close to North Quay.

Directions to getting to Sharpham House & parking can be viewed, printed and downloaded here.

Adults:

£20 - standard cost

£10 - subsidised cost

Children (aged 5-17): FREE

National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able to offer free places on this event for children.

This event has been carefully planned and numbers are limited - please tell us immediately if you've booked but can't make it so we can give others the chance to come.

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How to book easily and securely:

  • online on this page
  • by phoning 01803 732542

Ring us or email [email protected] if you've got any questions.

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.


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