At Canoe Trail we aim to inspire others to share our love of the outdoors through kayaking, canoeing, wild camping, SUP, and other activities. For us, being in the Great Outdoors is quite literally uplifting and a breath of fresh air. It also allows us to work with ‘our kind of people’, customers who want to see nature first hand, be active, and return home in calorie credit! Over the years we have coached, supported, and met so many lovely people through the simple activity of hiring and coaching watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, SUP's, woodland camping, and zorbing.


Pride In Bedfordshire

We were delighted to win the Pride in Bedfordshire Award in 2014 for showcasing Bedford and the town. We are happiest seeing our customers enjoy their day paddling but it was nice to be recognised for our work.

Awards held by Inspired Life CIC

Canoe Trail has also played a key role in the impact and success of Inspired Life CIC, our sister company and social enterprise. Inspired Life was a London 2012 Inspire Mark Project and was also runner up for the Pride in Bedfordshire Award, Finalist in the RBS SE100 awards as a trailblazing newcomer and finalist in the Independent Business Excellence Awards.


The Daily Telegraph

We have featured in the Daily Telegraph Men’s section in an article written by Tobias Mews who had a great time kayaking and wild camping at our woodland. Part of the article highlighted that Canoe Trail was less than an hour for London making it perfect for families and weekend warriors looking for a break in the country.

The Canoe Show

The Canoe Show is a digital TV channel run by Maximus Productions for British Canoeing. Canoe Trail has featured in episode 2 with Richard talking about his adventures and the woodland campsite.

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Outdoor Adventure Guide is a fantastic adventure magazine produced by Fall Line Media. Over the years Richard has produced a fair few articles about his adventures working with OAG. Last year we were featured as the 16th Best British Adventure. 

Active Traveler

Active Traveler featured an article about ask your local adventurer where Richard was interviewed about adventure locations local to him. Canoe Trail came about as a result of his life long love of watersports and canoeing and kayaking. The River Great Ouse and Canoe Trail were first on the list.

Paddler Magazine

Paddler Magazine is the world’s favourite paddling magazine presenting the wider paddling family. Paddler has featured canoe and camping articles, top destinations, and other paddling articles that highlight Canoe Trail and our offers.

Bedfordshire Times and Citizen

Bedfordshire Times and Citizen have featured stories and articles about Canoe Trail for many years. One of the key articles featured their fearless reporter Catherine Varney who tried canoeing and also Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the river. They also featured some coverage about our Charity Canoe Race in 2015.

Bedfordshire On Sunday

Our local newspaper, Bedfordshire on Sunday has done various articles about Canoe Trail and our different activities. At the last River Festival in 2014, we were stoked to make the front cover with one of our flying kayakers on the Big Air Ramp

BBC 3 Counties Radio

We have worked with BBC 3 Counties Radio over many years with stories, reporters trying kayaking and canoeing, and also linked to the Bedford River Festival. In 2015 Luke Ashmead and Geoff Doyle came down to Viking Kayak Club with Canoe Trail to come and try kayaking and canoeing. BBC 3 Counties helped promote the Charity Canoe Race and also filmed it for the web.

Ouse Valley Living

Featured Canoe Trail with their roving reporter Sian Davies having a go at canoeing and kayaking on the River Great Ouse. They also ran a competition for local people to come paddling which again received a great response.


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