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Canoe the Wye and Walk Offas Dyke
Multi Activity Adventure
Why not have a day out in the borderlands between England and Wales on this multi discipline challenge. With the ancient history of the near 1000 year old Offa's dyke and the picturesque Why valley, what better way to explore and inspire yourselves on an Adventure Café challenge
The Wye valley is renowned for its beauty so what better way is there to explore the valley than to canoe down the river. Starting near the village of Goodrich, we meet our canoes early morning and after a safety briefing we will start our journey on the river.
Paddling for the morning we will pass the towering symonds yat rock and cliffs before arriving in the isolated symonds yat itself. Here will be our lunch stop in one of the selection of tea rooms or pubs. Following lunch we head off on foot alongside the river until meeting Monmouth, this is where we join the iconic Offa's dyke; an ancient embankment marking the border of England and Wales. We now follow Offa's Dyke to Tinern abbey the finish of our walk.
Canoe Phase 14km
0830: Meet canoes at designated location near Goodrich, safety briefing and kit check before heading on the water
0900: Set off on challenge, canoe to Symonds Yat
1200: Arrive in Symonds Yat, a short but relaxing lunch break. Prep kit ready for the afternoon's walk.
Walking phase 27km
1230: Set off on walking phase
1830: Complete walking phase, finish at Tintern Abbey and local pub for celebratory coffee and cake.
Shuttle will be conducted back to your vehicle/accommodation.
There is a wide range of accommodation options in the area. YHA Wye Valley is available to cater for groups on a bunkhouse basis or there are multiple charaterful pubs in Goodrich, Ross on Wye and Symonds Yat itself. This itinerary does not include accommodation but please get in touch with us if you require this and we can tailor the event for you.
What is a Level 2.5 Multi Activity Challenge Like?
These challenges are moving up in intensity from beginner level, and will require a higher level of fitness. You will need the appropriate specific fitness - probably requiring good flexibility in the case of climbing or caving. In the case of Open Canoeing, the event will probably seem fairly straightforward to begin - however, you need a good level of endurance to complete the event. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing with 2 stars and above.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Multi Activity Challenge’?
To participate in these 2.5 star challenges you do not need to be an alite endurance athlete - however, some light gym work - focused around upper body, and core strength would be a good idea. You must be used to doing longer days in the outdoors - 6-8 hours. You should be used to doing some kind of exercise, and probably being out and exercising for several hours at a time - even if it is at a relatively low intensity. Remember, the more preparation you put in, the more enjoyment you will take out.
All water based equipment i.e. canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles will be provided, please ensure you bring a waterproof dry bag for any precious items and spare clothing.
Included In Trip
Qualified and experienced first aid trained canoe and walking leaders. Safety equipment, Shuttle at the end of day back to start for drivers to their vehicles, Tailored joining instructions with pre event information.
Excluded From Trip
Accommodation, all meals, transfers outside of designated shuttle
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and hold the neccessary national governing body qualifications for the activity at hand. They will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
As you know the weather in England is unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for hot or cold conditions. Bear in mind you will be on the water and it is likely you will get wet, so please bring suitable clothing for this. Equally during the summer, you could find hot and sunny conditions, so please be prepared with plenty of fluids, and sun protection.
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