Evening Canoe and BBQ with Storytelling

Join us for a magical evening on the River Dart! The evening paddle by canoe is an opportunity to slow down, switch gear and experience the natural world on the water as it moves from day to night. The fading light, bird-song, bats, moonlight, dusk. After a short briefing, introductions, and a little canoeing tuition we set off in the daylight and paddle our canoes for a while (usually between 60-90 mins). Pitching up on the river bank, we'll gather around the fire and sup hot chocolate and eat cake whilst we are entertained by a river tale or two from our on-board story-teller. As the final light is fading we'll then hop back in the canoes and paddle to the finish point (30-40mins) where the trip ends about 9.45pm. No previous canoeing experience required.

Please note (especially for returning visitors): We now use two different venues for the evening paddle. Both are stunning, teaming with wildlife, and rich in natural beauty Venue one is the stretch of water running through the Dartington Estate. On this trip we finish at the same place where we start - it's a there-and-back journey. Venue two is the tidal stretch between Totnes and Stoke Gabriel. We start at Totnes and finish at Stoke Gabriel. A taxi is provided to take you back to your cars in Totnes (a 15 minute journey)

"With the minimum of fuss, Nick enabled us to explore the enticing beauty of the Dart.The shimmering reflections, the sighting of a kingfisher, the ease with which a tasty supper was served from a firebowl & watching the storyteller's face in the firelight as he recounted the very ancient & fearsome myth. Then the silent paddle homewards, feeling liberated by our night eyes ability to follow the silvery pathway between the shadows. Back in the city we will always remember our venture into the owl's domain..Thank you!"   (Sheilah - London)

"Thank you Winding River for such an excellent evening trip up the dart!
Canoeing back in the twilight with bats skimming the water and owls silently flying by, after food and storytelling around the fire... I couldnt imagine a better way to spend your evening... when's the next one?"
(Joseph - Devon)

IMPORTANT TRIP INFORMATION - please read, even if you've already been on one of these trips as the info has changed.

  • Times: The trip generally runs from 6pm-9.45pm but may vary slightly depending on time of year. Please arrive on time because we can’t wait if you are late!
  • Start/finish point: We use two different locations for this trip. Make sure that you turn up at the right place for the trip you have booked!
    • VENUE ONE: KEVICC School boat shed - TQ95LA.
    • Directions to boat shed: Park in the railway station carpark and walk to Swallowfields TQ9 5LA (10 minutes walk). From the railway station head back to the main road and turn right, walk past the traffic lights and under the footbridge and take the next right turn which is Swallowfields. Walk to bottom of street and turn right down tarmac track, through 5 bar gate and keep walking about another 100 metres to the shed. The shed is by the river and is a long low ugly building covered in graffiti - easy to spot! You can also park in Swallowfields if you really need to, but parking is limited here and we want to avoid taking up the neighbourhood parking spaces.
    • VENUE TWO: Longmarsh car park TQ95AL. This is the FINAL car park on Steamer Quay road, next to Totnes Rowing Club. 
  • What to wear/bring: Wear loose fitting comfy clothes, and a warm top for later on. Bring a raincoat if it looks we might have a shower. FOOTWEAR: Old trainers/boots SUITABLE FOR MUDDY UNEVEN RIVERBANKS. Drinking water, tea, and hot chocolate is provided. See notes about alcohol in the FAQs.
  • Cost: ADULT £35  CHILD (under 16)  £15
  • What's included? Canoe, paddle, life vest, qualified guide, fireside story-telling, refreshments (Tea/coffee/hot chocolate, CAKE!), owl hoots  (often but not always) and bat swoops...!
    • taxi provided for 'venue two' trip.

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