Yalding to East Peckham (Oak Weir)

The River Medway offers a fantastic opportunity to explore with numerous tributaries to take you off into the tranquil woodland surroundings, orchards, fields and historic villages. The area is known as the ‘Garden of England’ and it’s easy to see why...passing through overhanging willow trees and investigating hidden pools, you’ll feel as though you could be in the middle of a jungle as opposed to the middle of Kent! Remember to keep an eye out of Kingfishers as you paddle down the river, sightings are common around the area and you may even spot a Heron or maybe a Water Vole too! Take your time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings before finally ending up in East Peckham, where apparently the first speeding summons in Britain was issued, in 1896, Mr Arnold being fined 1 Shilling for doing 8 mph! 

Whether you have never paddled before or you’re a regular paddler, our highly qualified instructors will ensure that everybody has a good time by adapting the trip to suit your needs and abilities.

This river trip along the River Medway is one of our many group days out on offer. Take a look at our other river trips including; the River Cuckmere, the River Arun and the River Ouse. Most rivers are tidal, meaning we can only paddle them on certain dates and times, please contact us to find out more.

Information

Season

March - October

Duration

4hrs

Group Size

6-16

Restrictions

Minimum age: 14 Under 18yrs: Must be accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian Maximum weight: 18 stone (115kg) For private bookings the minimum age is 8yrs old (please bear in mind that younger paddlers may not be able to paddle as far).

Distance

10km

Level

Easy

Permits

Yes: British Canoeing Membership or Permits from the Environmental Agency (this £10 fee is included in the trip costs).

Tidal

No, this trip can run at any time.

Aim

Adapted to suit the needs and ability of the group, ensuring everyone has fun paddling the river whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

Who it's for

Groups who are looking for a day out with a difference! Suitable for anyone interested in taking up canoeing or those just wanting to explore the countryside of Hampshire by water!

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this trip, but being able to swim 50m and a reasonable level of fitness is preferable.

Groups

Group bookings can be arranged:

£65pp (Group Size 4-6)
£62pp (Group Size 7-8)
£59pp (Group Size 9-10)
£56pp (Group Size 11-13)
£53pp (Group Size 14-16)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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Locations

River Medway - Yalding, Kent

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Full change of clothes to go kayaking in, including footwear, and underwear.
  • Clothing should be suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (to wear on the water)
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.