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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  50m

Dist:  20km

Min age:  18

Duration:  2

Paddle The Exe Weekend

Paddle Adventure

A world away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, the tranquil historic shipping canal that connects Exeter to the spectacular Exe Estuary is the location for a wonderful weekend in the great outdoors. The Exe valley is an unspoiled area hidden away in a beautiful part of the South West.

Starting off from the centre of Exeter, we shall pack up our gear in waterproof bags and into our open canoes for the journey ahead. We shall take a spin around Exeter city centre in our two man boats, inspecting the old quayside and the course of the main River Exe, before departing down the canal. Our route will take us at a leisurely pace southwards passing a couple of pubs en route where we will have time for a quick spot of refreshment. Finally after having paddled a total of about 6 miles we shall hit the end of the line at ‘The Turf’. A beautifully situated patch of green grassy land nestled between sea and the canal is the perfect place to while away an afternoon in good company. With birdlife in abundance, and no motor cars for the weekend, just good fresh air, a bit of sunshine if we’re lucky and good food and company, this weekend will be perfect relaxation.



Day 1 Meet at Exeter Town Quay by 11:30.
Embark boats, and begin journey down the canal
Arrive at ‘The Turf’ by 16:00
Pitch tents
17:00 – 19:00 Optional Barbeque

Day 2
09:00 – Breakfast
09:45 - Walk down the Exe estuary path to Powderham
11:30 – Return paddle to Exeter
14:30 – Arrive Exeter,  buffet lunch
15:30 – Depart Exeter


Route Map


One night of camping at 'The Turf'. Tents provided.
Saturday night will be spent under canvas, hence please bring a sleeping bag and roll mat with you, and wash kit and towel.
Facilities are simple, i.e. no showers, but a tap is available.


What is a Level 2.0 Paddle Challenge Like?

These activities are either climbing, abseiling, caving, or multiactivity. They 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. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing at 2 star level.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Paddle Challenge’?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 5 or 6 hours or 15 miles in the lowland English countryside, or maybe bike rides of 3-4 hours.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Open canoe hire & guiding


Excluded From Trip

A simple barbeque dinner and buffet lunch can be bolted on to the package for an additional £20pp.
This price does not include your transport for the weekend; lift share may be available.

You will need to provide your own sleeping bag and roll mat


Equipment Required

Loose Comfortable Paddling Clothes (2 sets)
Waterproof Jacket
Trainers / Paddling Shoes / Sandals
Drybag / Bin Liners / Other waterproof kit bag - to store kit inside boat
Sunglasses, Suncream, Sunhat
Packed Lunch, Water Bottle
Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat
Personal Washkit, Towel
Spare Clothes for evening wear
Plastic bags to store wet gear after the event
Mobile Phone (stored in a plastic bag)
Personal Money and Cards
Safe place to store Car Keys for the weekend!
Gloves (you may find these useful if you have soft hands - to avoid blistering)


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and 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.



Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for both poor weather and scorching hot weather. Bring both equipment to protect from hot sun, and also to protect in case it rains. It is unlikely to be cold.



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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