Barcombe Mills to Isfield Weir

Explore the beautiful UK countryside by water, taking in the scenic views and spotting some awesome wildlife along the way, is there a better way to spend a day?

We start at Barcombe Mills and paddle upriver to Isfield Weir (also known as Fish Ladder Falls). Depending on the group’s experience, our expert instructors will spend some time at Barcombe Mills helping you to get used to manoeuvring the kayak, how to turn, brake and paddle backwards. These skills will come in handy when we meet a few obstacles on our adventure, no spoilers, but how are your limbo skills? No binoculars needed as you’ll be right next to some awesome local wildlife, such as herons, swans, Canadian geese, dragonflies, damselflies and, if you’re lucky, a trout heading upstream to it’s spawning grounds.

We will pass the Anchor Inn, and when we arrive at the Weir, it’s time to stop and really take in your surroundings and reflect on what you’ve seen so far today while having a bite to eat. There’s also a great photo opportunity with the backdrop of rushing water.

This trip is suitable for all levels of kayakers, even if you’ve never sat in a boat before. Our experienced instructors can tailor the day to the group to make sure everyone gets the most out of it.

Information

Season

March to October

Duration

4hrs

Group Size

4-16

Restrictions

Minimum age: 14 Under 18yrs: Must be accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian Maximum weight: 18 stone (115kg)

Distance

10km

Level

Easy

Permits

None required

Tidal

No, this trip can be 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 is it for?

Groups who are looking for a day out with a difference. Suitable for anyone interested in taking up kayaking or those just wanting to explore Sussex 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

£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 Ouse - near Lewes - East Sussex

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 of 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.