Values

Canoe Trail is a lifestyle business, it is not about labels it is about how we chose to live our lives. We love the outdoors, wearing flip flops, and sharing our rivers and coast.  We pick up litter and plastics most days when walking and paddling and try to shop locally and look after the planet. 

For us, it about sensible sustainability and making a difference to our local community and helping others where we can.

Canoe Trail Values

  • We deliver activities that are safe, fun and provide outdoor learning
  • We are proud of our family-run business and awesome team
  • Our aim is to provide progressive outdoor activities, outdoor learning, and adventures that inspire the participant
  • Our unique award winning wild camping experience promotes ‘fresh air miles’, locally sourced and free-range food and a leave no trace
  • Our expeditions are designed to develop skills and confidence in the great outdoors supported by our professional team
  • We forge partnerships with organisations that share our values it's our lifestyle and not a label

 

How Do We Live Our Values?

  • We provide a number of free trips for local groups and charities such as church youth groups and the Princes Trust.
  • We educate and help young people through our partner company www.inspiredlife.org providing adventurous activities and outdoor learning for young people through schools and community groups.
  • We have shared over 30 experiential learning and well-being resources on our Inspired Life blog which are free to use. https://medium.com/@inspiredlifeCIC
  • We support local businesses by providing locally sourced and free-range food using our village farm shop Browns of Stagsden
  • We buy British were possible with our canoes and kayaks reducing transport costs supporting Palm Dagger and Silverbirch Canoes
  • We forge partnerships with like minded people who love the environment and deliver great customer service
  • We help with the river clean up activities, picking up litter when we paddle and removing fishing debris.
  • We host the Plastic Patrol movement helping to clear rivers of plastics and debris on a regular basis
  • We tailor our bookings and try to share our enthusiasm and experience with others.
  • Adventures are part of our life, see richadventure.com
  • We encourage fun!

 

Supporting Charities and Good Causes

Part of our DNA is to try and make a difference to others and support good causes. This has included cycling London to Paris(twice), London to Marrakech by bike and kayak, canoeing the Great Glen, and various other exploits raising tens of thousands for good causes. Ash has completed many long distance walks with William our Collie including Coast to Coast for the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Fund.

Supporting Your Charity Event

There are a number of ways we can help support your charity event. Obviously we are a small family business and need to balance paying the mortgage with helping out. We can help in the following ways:

Raffle prizes

We have provided half day or full day paddling vouchers to be included within charity raffles. We provide 4 of these a year and try to share them amongst good causes.

Charity Auction Prizes

We have provided an overnight woodland camp trip for 4 people to canoe and camp using our woodland. This often includes a dedicated coaching session with one of our coaching team. We provide 1 or 2 of these a year.

Charity Fundraising Paddle

We can provide charities and groups with a fundraising mechanism where for larger groups linked to a charitable cause we provide a heavily discounted rate for a canoe/kayak and camp weekend activity challenge.

This can be sold at a normal full rate to allow the charity to raise funds for their cause. We can also organize this as a distance or time based challenge to allow participants to get sponsorship and raise additional funds for the charity.

We map out our charity initiatives at the start of the season so apologies if we are not able to help you at this time.