Adventures

COVID 19 - Please note you must not join our trips  if you have had any symptoms associated with COVID 19 in the past two weeks, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has.   

Canoeing is an outdoor, organised sport and permitted under government guidelines.  You will be in the fresh air all day and we have taken measures to reduce risks of infection, but please note we cannot guarantee you will be able to maintain a 1.5 - 2m distance from other member of the crew at all times.  Please make sure all your crew are aware of this and are happy to participate.  

Prices and logistics

Our standard adventures last 4.5 to 5 hours.    Times vary daily according to the tide and prior booking is essential.

Most adventures start and finish at the excellent Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay (TQ9 7EQ), lying halfway between Totnes and Dartmouth. Parking is nearby. 

We also start from Stoke Gabriel, which is on the other side of the estuary between Totnes and Paignton, and occassionally from Totnes, Dittisham and Dartmouth. 

Our charges are as follows:

  • £35 per person
  • £20 per child (<16 years old) *
  • Under 3 years: FREE!
  • Family ticket £95 (2 adults, 2 children). Saves £15! *
  • Private boat bookings: minimum charge £210 per boat.
  • 8 paddlers (>16years old):  £250.  Please note 8 large adults would require the larger 9m canoe. Please let us know when booking. 
  • 9 + paddlers (>16years old): £30 per person.

* Please note child and family tickets are not always valid on our specials and late night pub to pub adventures.

Groups - book your own canoe, or fleet of canoes!

We have a fleet of 6 canoes with a capacity to get 60 adults out on the water at any one time, up to 69 if you have very small children:

  • Three x 8 metre canoes; take up to 5-8 paddlers each.  Maximum licensed capacity is 11 people, if including small children.
  • Three x 9 metre Longbow canoes; take up to 12 paddlers each.  Maximum licensed capacity is 12 people of any age.
  • Please note we have to consider weight and power to operate each canoe safely.  By 'paddlers' we generally mean adults or paddling teens, or closest combination, eg 4 adults and 4x7-10 year olds = approx 6or7 paddlers.  For this reason it is important we know the age ranges of all your under 18s so we can best advise which canoe you need.

Additional optional costs for private groups:

  • To add a BBQ option - £12 (£10+VAT).  We provide the equipment to cook and help you get the right fire going, you provide the food and chefs. 
  • Extra hours in addition to the standard 4.5 to 5 hour adventure - £20 per hour per boat.  For example, a pub lunch stop, extra time on the shore to run additional activities, paddling Totnes to Dartmouth and back, or taking the longer Sharpham vineyard tour.
  • Towage to ports other than Tuckenhay or Stoke Gabriel - price on asking. 

Coach access is possible from Totnes and Dartmouth only. 

We normally have to charge extra to start and / or end at ports other than Tuckenhay and Stoke Gabriel, to cover the costs of towing and additional logistics.

Friends & Family trip with Canoe Adventures

'All Aboard' Adventures - friends & family, book by-the-seat

Adult:£35.00Child:£20.00
(Family Ticket: 2 Adult + 2 Child - Save £10)
Suitable for:All Ages

'The perfect day out' we have been running for over 21 years.  Formerly known as 'Friends and Family By-the-seat'.   Proper, timeless, healthy fun for friends and family to enjoy together on the water and on the shore.   Paddling, ice cream, firebuilding, catching crabs, tea, biscuits and laughter, all rolled into one great adventure.   Remembered as 'the best day of the holidays' by children up and down the country, many of whom are now grown up. 

The itinerary for this trip includes the following activities.

  • Camp Fire Building
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Stoke Gabriel ice cream stop
pub trip eating with Canoe Adventures

Pub to Pub and Evening Paddles

Adult:£35.00
Suitable for:All Ages except Moonlight trips: 7yrs+ (Please note late hours back)

Start and end at a pub and stop at another pub midway, with options for dining there.   You’ll find some of Devon’s finest pubs on the shores of the River Dart estuary.   What better way to visit them than in a giant canoe, taking in all the amazing scenery along the way? 

For the real magic check our, now legendary, ‘pub-to-pub and home by moonlight adventures’, when you paddle home under the stars.    Please note child tickets are not valid on our late evening adventures.

Please ask if you would like to do this adventure as a private boat booking.  It makes for an excellent team building event, or a unique way to spend some quality time with your friends.  Dates additional to those given below may be possible.

The itinerary for this trip includes the following activities

  • Canoe Paddling
  • Camp Fire Building
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Pub Stop
  • Paddling after nightfall, under moonlight (usually)
Dart by Moonlight Overnight Camp with Canoe Adventures

Wild Camping

Adult:£85.00Child:£55.00
Suitable for:All Ages

Scheduled Public Trips

Join us for a very special Canoe Adventure to experience the full magic of the River Dart estuary over nightfall and daybreak. We paddle up river as the sun goes down, camp out and wake with the dawn.  We'll cook dinner and breakfast over an open fire. 

We start and end at the excellent Maltsters Arms pub so, if you want to spoil yourself further, come early for a pre-expedition pint and round things off the next day with a full English breakfast (not included in the price!). 

Normally start 1600-1730.  Back ashore 1100 approx. the following day.  

Private Group Bookings

Also available as a private group booking.  Minimum charge for small groups is £570, to start 1600-1730 and return 1100 approx. the following day.

Option to make it a longer adventure.  To start 1100-1230.  Back ashore 1100 approx. the following day.  Adult £120, Child £75, Minimum charge £740. 

This would allow you to explore the estuary further.  Normally going to Dittisham for lunch and / or some remote shore for an afternoon brew around a fire (exact itinerary dependends on tide, weather and your crew).

The itinerary for this trip includes the following activities.

  • Canoe Paddling
  • Camping
  • Camp Fire Building
  • Wildlife Watching
School days out in devon with Canoe Adventures

School, Youth and Study Adventures

From:£180.00/boat
Suitable for:Groups of 5 to 60+ students. All ages. Adult to child ratio requirements apply.

The itinerary for this trip could include any of the following activities. Give us a call or send us a message to discuss your requirements and we'll be happy to create the most perfect adventure for your students and your budget!

  • Canoe Paddling
  • Camp Fire Building
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Link to curricula - history, geography, ecology...
  • Personal development - team skills, leadership, self-confidence
Things to do in devon with Canoe Adventures

Hen and Stag Parties

Adult:£35.00
Suitable for:Groups of 5 to 60+ paddlers. All ages. 18+ years in most circumstances.

We do great stag and hen parties!  Oh yes.  Give us a call or send us a message to discuss your requirements and we'll be happy to create the most perfect adventure for you and your best mates.

£35 per person, starting from £210.  For group rates see our prices here.  

The itinerary for this trip could include any of the following activities.

  • Canoe Paddling
  • Pub Stop
  • Camp Fire Building
  • BBQ Kit
  • Sharpham Wine Tour
  • Wildlife Watching
team building with Canoe Adventures

Big Groups and Private Parties

Adult:£35.00Child:£20.00
Suitable for:Custom trips for groups of 5 to 60+ paddlers. All ages.

Take your party out onto the water!  With our fleet of 6 canoes we can get up to 60 adults out in one go, 69 if you have little children!

Parties.  Reunions.  Charity Fundraisers.  Corporate Events.   If you're organising an event for a mixed bag of people, we'll help you get all of them out onto the water and have a great time.    Give us a call or send us a message to discuss your requirements and we'll be happy to create a unique trip just for you!

For a list of prices including group discounts, please see our prices and logistics page here

The itinerary for this trip could include any of the following activities.

  • Multi-boat Adventures available!
  • Canoe Paddling
  • Camp Fire Building
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Pub Stop
  • Sharpham Wine Tour
  • BBQ Kit
  • Camping
  • Coach access possible (Totnes and Dartmouth only)
  • Dogs welcome (so long as they can handle being in a boat!)
  • Bushcraft options
  • Fishing options
  • Wild swimming options
Approach to mouth of River Dart Estuary with Canoe Adventures

River School

Suitable for:8+ years

River School.   "Where nature is the teacher and the river is our guide"

Life Skills, Fun and Adventure on the River Dart Estuary

We provide fun and rewarding outdoor education activities for children on the River Dart estuary.  As well as our BIG canoes, we also have access to kayaks, canoes, rafts and some secret shore locations which we bring together to deliver unforgettable learning experiences.
Child-led learning and exploration happens freely and naturally, with distinct learning outcomes following our structured River School curriculum.
We support learning, discovery and play on and off the water, developing resilience for today’s rapidly changing world.

races and teambuilding with Canoe Adventures

Team Building and Company Adventures

Adult:£35.00
Suitable for:Groups of 5 to 60+ paddlers. All ages.

Paddling in time with one-another. That's a skill.  And it's one teams readily achieve out on a Canoe Adventure when we're all in the same boat.  And we have lots of fun one the water and on the shore, with new skills and great banter.   Our staff have experience of team and group work in a range of settings. Whether your just looking for a fun day out or some focussed process in addition, we can normally provide.

Give us a call or send us a message to discuss your requirements and we'll be happy to create a unique trip just for your company or team.

£35 per person, starting from £210.  For group rates see our prices here.  

The itinerary for this trip could include any of the following activities.

  • Pub stops
  • Sharpham wine tasting
  • Evening paddles and overnight expeditons
  • Campfire & bushcraft
  • Multi-boat trips
  • Racing & challenge journeys

Specials and One off Events

Adult:£35.00Child:£35.00
Suitable for:All ages

Throughout the season we run Special and one off Events. Please enquire if you would like to book a 'Special or one off Event' as a private group 'By-the-Boat' booking.  We may be also be able to do other events on the river by request.