Canoeing – Hen Party on the River Severn

The Ironbridge our main objective

The Ironbridge our main objective

Last Friday, I was working for my friends at Gateway Outdoors providing a canoeing session for a hen party. We put in at Buildwas where the muddy beach caused much amusement as on or two of the group were reluctant to get their shoes muddy!

However, once on the water the fun resumed and we were able to give the group an introduction to the core skills of paddling forwards, stopping and turning before heading off down river to Ironbridge. Along the way we chatted about the local history and the Ironbridge, the first bridge to be constructed of cast iron and built by Abraham Darby in 1781 and played a few confidence building games.

Once at the bridge, we loitered for a while and then turned upstream to paddle back against the current to Dale End. With the group advised to stay out of the main flow and paddle close to the bank we made good progress. Some of the group did struggle but they were cheered on by the rest of the group, which soon turned into friendly banter about being ‘too girly’. A great afternoon on the water and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

To see a few pictures of their trip please click here.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this activity for your group then please take a look at our main site by clicking here.

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