Canoe & Camp

Our canoe and camping is a fantastic trip through stunning countryside in Bedfordshire, less than an hour from London. Enjoy a stay at our private woodland campsite.

This exciting trip was voted Top 52 Things to do in the World by Lonely Planet. Our unique offer of woodland camping only accessed by canoe or kayak has quickly become a popular choice. Finish your day in style at our private woodland riverside campsite, cook over an open fire and sleep under the stars.


Canoe and Camp in Woodland

Multi Day Canoe Trip

Canoe camping is the water equivalent to backpacking, carry enough to travel and camp for several days but do so in a canoe or kayak. It is also known as touring, tripping, or expedition canoeing. We have a number of different trips available. Each includes a camp in our woods next to the river. Choose your route and then relax and enjoy the nature of the woodland. 

Once you arrive at the woodland, you have your own clearing complete with a campfire (with logs to sit on) and not forgetting the all-important compost loo. You can pay for luggage service allowing you to paddle a lighter boat and make portages easier, your luggage will be waiting for you in your clearing when you arrive.

Watch our video below to sample life on a canoe and camp trip to our woodland.

Canoe And Camp Video


One of the best bits of camping is being allowed to have a real campfire. Using deadwood is prohibited because it is important to the woodland ecosystem. Please bring some firewood or purchase a bag of firewood from us when booking. The woodland main clearings have a campfire circle. We often pack a tarp and paracord in case it is raining and we need shelter around the campfire. Don’t forget to bring a fire lighting kit such as a good lighter, matches or a flint and steel. You may also need some tinder, paper, or other good material to start it.

Don’t forget to bring a grill or something to cook on over the campfire or bring your stove. We have a selection of cooking kit that can be hired including:

  • * Kettles - every camp needs a brew!
  • * Campfire grills - specially designed to flat pack into your boat.
  • * Dutch ovens - big cooking pots that can be placed in the fire.

Woodland Campsite Campfire

Why not research campfire cooking before you start your paddling adventure and make some lovely campfire treats. We recommend:

  • * Green & Blacks Chocolate Banana Melt
  • * S'mores
  • * Campfire Popcorn
  • * Gourmet Woodland Breadsticks
  • * Campfire Orange Muffins


Bring your tent or hammock as there is plenty of space in your clearings as well as lots of nooks and crannies between trees. If you pitch a tent just remember pack size and the weight you will be carrying. We have tents for hire or a Tipi which sleep 6-12 people.

If you're feeling adventurous, why not build a woodland shelter to sleep in? Matchstick Wood is a great place to hone your bushcraft and survival skills. We have plenty of large staves and branches already cut to make shelters. Although requiring a bit of elbow grease there is nothing more satisfying than sleeping in a shelter built by you.


Matchstick Wood is a riverside woodland campsite on the banks of the River Great Ouse. It is not accessible by road or car. So pack light. Please don’t bring the kitchen sink! You will need to bring a kit for camping as well as:

    • * Water –There is no running water. Bring enough for your stay or hire a filled container from us if needed.
    • * Toilet roll - don’t be the person who forgets to pack it!
    • * Fire lighting kit - paper/ lighter/ tinder.
    • * Firewood - Using deadwood is prohibited because it is important to the woodland ecosystem. Please bring some firewood or purchase a bag of firewood from us when booking.

Compost Toilets

Each clearing has a campfire and compost toilet which we lovingly call "the throne room" or “loo with a view!” They have a simple screen and toilet seat on a wooden frame. Try to leave them clean and as you would wish to find them. There is usually a citronella air freshener and some hand sanitiser. Please bring loo roll!

Compostable Campsite Loo in Woodland

Campsite Rules

  • * Be respectful of other people.
  • * Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept under control and to your campsite clearing.
  • * Keep noise to a sensible level.
  • * We suggest you don’t run as there are plenty of rabbit warrens and holes to trip you up.
  • * Don’t leave smouldering fires, please put them out when you have finished.
  • * Leave no trace (no rubbish) take your plastics, and waste with you.