26th August 2024
River Severn Iron Bridge Paddling Trip

Paddle the iconic River Severn and Iron Bridge with the sumptuous and fun Jackfield Rapids, meandering the gorge and of course the historic bridge itself. This is an action packed day with lots to see and explore.

If you are not able to book this trip then it is at full capacity. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list or have  group of friends, family or workmates that you wish to book on and we can look at booking a bespoke trip for your group. We run this ever popular trip several times a year.

Dates & Requirements

Next  Trip Dates: 26th August 2024 09:00 - 15.30

We welcome all abilities, you just need to choose between paddling kayak, SUP or canoe.

If you have a group of friends or  club then why not contact us to arrange a private booking.

Trip Description

View one of Britain’s most iconic bridges, Iron Bridge set in the gorge at a UNESCO listed destination with historic buildings, museums and engineering linking to Britain's industrial revolution.  Paddling the Iron Bridge Gorge is like stepping back in time with high banks and rocky boulder strewn banks leading down the meandering flow until we reach the fantastic Jackfield Rapid. The red coloured river crossing giving the town its name was the world’s first cast-iron bridge built by Abraham Darby III, is a tribute to Britain’s industrial past and features the Toll House on the far side which was built to recover the £6000 construction costs.

Jackfield is a superb place to learn moving water skills (white water) on this short simple rapid (Grade 1-2) easy features with a slow moving pool  at the bottom.  There’s a simple line running from left of centre towards river right and the rapid itself is just over 100m long with some simple places to break out on river left to slow your speed and practise some new moves. You can walk up the side and repeat the route locking in whitewater paddling skills.

Paddling on downstream you’ll reach the first of several public houses lining these banks, The Half Moon Inn, and  then a little further down is The Woodbridge Inn, which is located after you pass under the stunning spans of Coalport Bridge. The river now weaves gently through the rural countryside and you will have more time to practice your paddling skills as you pass the Apley estate with its own river bridge and gothic mansion. The paddle finishes at in Severn Park at Bridgenorth where we load kit and shuttle back.

Choose from kayak, canoe or SUP to paddle this world class paddling destination. Make a weekend break of it booking into the local YHA or air B&B to explore the Blist Hill museum, tunnels  and surrounding history which can take a day on its own.

  • Choice of canoe, or kayak
  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides who have run expeditions and adventures all over the world
  • Hire of drysuits is available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Craft, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!

Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada, Scotland, and some of the other coldest places the world can still offer moving water!

She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach and has over 10 years of paddling experience. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, and Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled all over the world, running waterfalls, long distance big-wave sea kayaking, and some of the most dangerous white water in the northern hemisphere.

BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland, Greece, and Europe.

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 has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, 4-star canoe leader, and has completed his 4-star sea kayak training.


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