Kayaking and camping adventure on the River Medway

Join us on this fantastic trip along the River Medway in Kent, as you paddle from Tonbridge to Maidstone.

The River Medway

Rising in the Ashdown Forest, the River Medway flows through West and East Sussex and into Kent before reaching the Thames estuary some 120 kilometres downstream. Many tributaries flow into the Medway as it passes through the High Weald and Vale of Kent with its characteristic orchards and meadows.

The Trip

Over two days you'll paddle 30 kilometres of this stunnig river starting in Tonbridge and finishing in Maindstone. Explore the river paddling its flat warters and shooting down a number weirs! At night you'll camp along the banks of the river, watching the bats, and listening to the birds a dawn.

The event can take one of two forms:

 

Information

Season

April-October

Duration

2 days

Group Size

4-16

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 A reasonable level of fitness required. Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).

Groups

Adult Groups - (Birthdays / Stag / Hen / etc.)

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

Choose from either of our guided or self-guided options below:

Guided

You'll be accompanied by a British Canoeing qualified kayak instructor. This is ideal for those who want the confidence of an instructor at their side who can help deal with any emergencies on the river and guide the route pointing out flora and fauna along the way.

Self-guided

Our self-guided option allows you to explore the river in your own group and go at your own pace. Our staff will transport your equipment to the campsite and arrange to get you all back to your vehicles at the end of the trip on day two.


Youth Groups / Schools / Duke of Ediburgh

We offer a range of options to suit your youth group or school:

Guided

Our experienced and qualified British Canoeing instructors will lead your group along the river, ensuring their safety, route finding and educating the group along the way.

Self-guided

Our self-guided option allows your group to explore the river in their own groups. This is ideal for groups such as youth groups or Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Our team will provide all the logistics, transporting your equipment to the campsite and arranging  to get you all back to your vehicles at the end of the trip on day two.

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Itinerary

Day 1

  • Meet at Tonbridge, get kitted up and select kayaks and equipment.
  • Pack our transport with camping equipment needed etc.
  • Kayak the river.
  • Arrive at campsite and set up tents.
  • Relax around a campfire and a BBQ with a few beers watching the stars.

Day 2

  • Pack kit into our transport.
  • Kayak the river to Maidstone (optional beer and meal in the pub).
  • Take transport back to the start and collect vehicles.
Locations

River Medway Tonbridge to Allington Lock

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All kayaking equipment is supplied, paddle and buoyancy aid and dry bag for the river.

Equipment needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list upon booking.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
Transport

We will provide transport for all equipment to the campsite and transport back to your vehicles.

Please note you will need to pay £5 to park your vehicle for 48hrs.

Accommodation

Camping (you will need your own tent and sleeping bag).

Catering

Day 1

  • BBQ dinner (bring your own beer / wine).

Day 2

  • Cooked breakfast or cereal.
  • Packed lunch