From Monday 14 September, new government guidelines state that when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.

Recreational and independent paddlers can paddle alone, or with up to 5 other people from outside your household. Up to two households in groups of more than 6 people will no longer be permitted.

Organised club, centre or provider activity can continue to be delivered in groups of no more than 6 members/customers. Clubs, centres and providers may have several groups of 6 operating as long as each group operates wholly separate from each other. 

Canoe Trail has put in place a plan and COVID-19 risk assessments to reduce the risk of transmission through the use of any areas of the facility or shared equipment. Paddlers must practice social distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres. This means a distance of 2 metres between people from different households, or 1 metre plus mitigations (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2 metres is not possible.

Latest Covid-19 Restrictions Plan

  • Customers are reminded NOT to participate if they/anyone in their household is deemed in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable categories as defined in the current UK Government advice.
  • All customers are reminded NOT to participate if they/anyone in their household has been infected/ displayed any symptoms within last 14 days.
  • If you or a member of your household/ group falls ill after you have booked, we will need 48hrs notice prior to the time of your booking to enable us to reschedule your booking.
  • Please note that less than 48 hrs notice we will NOT be able to reschedule your booking and no refund will be given.
  • No groups larger than 6 people.
  • Our Put On’s will now be staggered, to allow a greater distance between people getting on the river.
  • Some groups may be asked to access their boats on the other side of the inlet to further reduce the number of people during peak times.
  • Larger groups who have booked before the new legislation was introduced, will be split into smaller groups, given different time slots to get on/ off the water, and be allocated more clearings if camping.
  • Our briefings will be given to small groups (max 6 people) and this may cause slight delays in getting you on the water, please be patient.
  • Strict cleaning regimes are in place using antibacterial sprays and detergents.
  • You must maintain social distancing of 2m and wash your hands for 20 second or hand sanitize as frequently as possible.
  • You are reminded to avoid traveling with people outside your household in the same car and to remain locally wherever possible.


Coaching, leadership and instruction within outdoor sports can continue to be conducted on a ratio of 1:5. Coaches can meet with different groups in a single day as long as it is in gatherings of no more than 5 clients and social distancing is maintained. Following recent confirmation with CIMPSA, DCMS, and Sport England, British Canoeing has confirmed that the running of qualifications and awards is allowed under the exemption of education and training.

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