Richard Harpham - Director

Canoe Trail was founded by experienced adventurer and kayak / canoe coach Richard Harpham.

Richard has completed human powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home.  Richard is has over 30 years experience of paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, 4 star canoe leader and has completed his 4 star sea kayak training.  Richard holds SUP qualifications as well as coaching modules for young people and navigation.  He has also cycled the Sahara and completed London to Marrakech by bike and kayak and in total has now completed over 9,000 miles of human power.  You can see more about his adventures by visiting Richard regularly writes for magazines including Outdoor Adventure Guide, Paddler and BAMLife.

Richard is also one of the coaches at Bedford’s Viking Kayak Club, Club of the Year 2012 and home to Olympic Champion Etienne Stott.  Richard’s passion is to inspire young people and communities to set goals, get outdoors and to dream big. He is a co-founder of which provides inspirational programmes and experiential learning to young people and communities.