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River Wye Canoe Weekend

27th May 2022 - 29th May 2022

3 days/United Kingdom /Moderate

Overview

Spend the weekend on the water as you canoe through the stunning Wye Valley. We’ll be camping right on the banks of the river and testing our skills on the waterway over two days.

Explore the River Wye from your canoe stopping for lovely lunches and refreshments along the way before returning to share dinner around a cosy campfire each evening.

This trip is suitable for both novices and experienced paddlers.

This trip is graded as moderately challenging. A good level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of the trip.

Although there are not great distances of canoeing involved (average 20km per day), this is quite a physical trip and having a reasonable level of mobility and fitness, particularly core and upper body strength, will benefit you greatly. Please also note that all participants must be able to swim.

As a minimum requirement, participants must be able to get themselves in and out of the canoes, have sufficient upper body strength to paddle for several hours per day, assist with pitching tents and cope with camping and toilet facilities.

The weather in the UK is unpredictable and changeable so you must check the local weather forecast prior to arrival and pack accordingly.
Typically, days are cool (average temperatures around 13°C) and nights are colder (down to around 1°C). Strong, cold winds are possible on some parts of the route. Please note it is possible to experience extreme deviations from the normal climate pattern and very cold conditions are not impossible. Climate and weather conditions during the trip are out of our control. It is extremely important that you take responsibility to prepare yourself for all weather conditions during this challenge.

The challenge can be undertaken by those aged 18+ (or 16+ if accompanied by an adult). You must have a good level of fitness, able to self-manage (e.g. you know how to keep hydrated, nourished, warm and dry), be in good health, have oodles of determination and a positive and flexible can-do attitude. An ideal candidate would be someone who enjoys being outdoors and wants to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

Please also note that all participants must be able to swim.

This challenge is accompanied by professional canoe guides who will offer expert instruction in the various canoeing techniques and supervise throughout the trip. You will also be joined by a UK Different Travel tour manager.

Swimwear, shorts and t-shirts are suitable but it is important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Wear extra warm layers or thermals if it’s going to be colder. Wear loose-fitting clothes if it is warmer. (NB. It is much more comfortable to wear loose-fitting clothes while canoeing.) Please ensure you bring waterproofs in case of rain.

Old trainers, reef/surf shoes or Cros are good footwear to wear while in the canoe. Do not wear flip-flops or wellies.

You will be provided with a 60-litre watertight plastic barrel or a ‘drybag’ in which to put all your gear while we are out on the river.

Byecross Farm campsite is located between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye and is the perfect base for a weekend of canoeing down the River Wye. You will be camping in either the Old Apple Orchard or open camping fields but you must bring your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries, towel etc.). Please see the full suggested kit list below.

The campsite has a toilet and shower block and a small shop on site to buy basic essentials and local beverages.

Meals are included on the trip as specified on the itinerary. Breakfast usually consists of tea/coffee and a sausage/bacon roll or similar. Lunch is taken as a picnic on the riverbank and is buffet style where you will make your own sandwiches and tuck into other treats. Dinner will take place at the campsite.

If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us in advance.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Clothing

Underwear and socks
Non-cotton t-shirts / shirts
Non-cotton shorts / trousers
Non-cotton fleece / sweater / warm layer
Non-cotton base layer top and bottoms / thermals (for cold days or to sleep in)
Sunhat with brim, warm hat and sunglasses
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof trousers
Gloves – preferably waterproof, or wool which stays warm when wet
Footwear you can get wet for the day time
Footwear to keep dry for the evenings at camp
Swimsuit

Accessories and luggage

Large waterproof kit bag/ duffel bag to hold all your camp gear (NO suitcases!)
Small waterproof dry bag / rucksack liner (for small items e.g. camera and phone)
LED head torch with new batteries inside
Portable battery pack for mobile phone (optional)
Camera (optional)

What to carry?

Mobile phone – fully charged
Wallet with cash and credit/debit card(s)
Sunglasses
Toilet paper*
Nappy sacks or disposal bags to carry any used toilet paper*
Hand sanitizer
Waterproof sunscreen (high SPF)
Small, basic first aid kit (pain killers, blister plasters, plasters, personal medication).
Consider antihistamine medicine for midge bites.
Mosquito/midge repellent (50% DEET repellent and/or Avon Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray)
Feminine hygiene products*
Small pack of baby wipes (optional)

What to bring for camping

Tent
Sleeping bag (comfort rating 0°C or lower)
Sleeping mat
Sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk)
Fast-dry travel towel
Toiletries (toothbrush*, toothpaste*, shower gel*, shampoo*, deodorant* etc.)

What food and drink do I need?

Water bottles to hold at least 2 litres of water
Snacks
Knife, fork and spoon
Camping mug and bowl
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. Nuun, High5 etc.) (optional)
Thermos flask / mug plus hot refreshment items e.g. tea, coffee, hot chocolate (optional)

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday 27 May 2022): Bycross Farm Campsite
You should arrive at the campsite to meet the group and have a briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday 28 May 2022): Canoe to Byecross Farm
After a safety briefing this morning we head upstream to our launch point. We will spend the day paddling back towards the campsite at Byecross Farm, stopping for lunch and refreshments along the way. You will arrive back at the campsite in time for a hot shower and dinner around the campfire
Total distance: Approx. 12 miles paddle
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 29 May 2022): Byecross Farm to Hereford
After a hearty breakfast, we get back in our canoes and paddle downstream to Hereford. We aim to arrive by around 4pm before being picked up by the mini-bus and return to camp to check out and head home.
Total distance: Approx. 12 miles paddle
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

NB. An extra night at the campsite can be booked on request.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £95
and then either…

Self-funded: £200

or

Sponsorship: £400

or 

Flexi: £200 trip costs and £200 sponsorship for a charity of your choice

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel and your fundraising is payable to the charity 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included

  • Two nights accommodation at campsite
  • Transport between campsite and canoeing start/finish points
  • Two-man Canadian canoes and paddles
  • Buoyancy jackets
  • All meals as specified
  • UK canoe instructor
  • UK Different Travel tour manager

What's not included

  • Tents and camping equipment
  • Transport to/from the campsite
  • Personal expenses (e.g. tips, snacks or drinks bought locally etc.)
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing and equipment (see kit list)

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