Residential Trips


Canoe Trail is delighted to be able to offer outdoor residential trips tailored to the youth group's needs. We provide for schools and young people through Inspired Life CIC. 

For example, we currently provide residential programmes for young people for the Prince's Trust in partnership with the Tokko Youth Centre in Luton. Our flexible residential trips include a wide selection of outdoor activities:

- Canoeing and kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding
- Zorbing
- Raft building and river crossings
- Team games and problem-solving
- Bushcraft and adventure skills
- Wild camping at our woodland site
- Low ropes and climbing wall challenges
- Various rural locations
- Archery
- Orienteering and walking

Typically participants and groups opt for a mix and match of water and land-based activities. We work closely with local partners to provide interesting options for residential programmes including:

Chellington Church Retreat

This English Heritage converted ancient church is perched on a hilltop overlooking the River Great Ouse and country park at Harrold. It offers bunkhouse accommodation in the old church as well as communal space, full kitchen, and shower facilities.  It has internet, great space for activities including orienteering, paddling, team games, walking and of course paddling.

Camping At Matchstick Woods

Wild camping at its best in our stunning Matchstick  Wood. Generally, groups opt for 1-2 nights at the campsite with the option to use our partners such as Chellington and Clophill as accommodation for additional nights and also to mix and match activities like a ‘Surf and Turf’ option.

Local Hotels

If you are looking for something a little bit more comfortable then we work closely with a number of the local hotels and accommodation provides in and around Bedford. We can point you in the right direction.

Clophill Eco-Lodge

Another iconic location, this time located on the Greensand’s Ridge Walk, a 45-mile walk across rural Bedfordshire with lots of interesting and beautiful points of interest. The site is located next to the restored Clophill Church with a viewing platform on the old tower overlooking Greensands Ridge itself. The Eco-lodges are purpose-built ‘off-grid’ with capacity for 4 people as a standard booking, showers, toilets, and a community space. The church restoration was funded by English Heritage.