The Dart river valley is bursting with life and vitality, its beauty unspoiled and waters unpolluted.
The Nightpaddle is an evening spent meandering gently up the river giving you the opportunity to sink into the exquisite scenery and the rhythm of the river.
Carrying everything we need in the canoes, we will journey for several miles. The pace is relaxed, and there will be plenty of time to spend around the campfire, or to swim, play, and enjoy a delicious communal meal in the company of the storyteller, Spindle Wayfarer! The return journey is a magical experience of the river at night.
We provide canoes, equipment, life jackets and teach all the necessary skills. Also included in the cost is a simple campfire supper. NB. No previous experience of canoeing is necessary, although participants must be able to swim.
Chris Salisbury: Chris founded WildWise after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world. He has worked with Ray Mears and John Rhyder, amongst many others.
Tom Wigston: Tom is a qualified teacher, Forest School leader and Bushcraft Instructor and carries several other outdoor leadership qualifications and accreditation. Tom has recently completed a master’s degree in education, pursuing his keen interest in the academic and philosophical exploration of outdoor learning and human-environment relationships
Sam Kouzarides: After studying Conservation Sam worked as a ranger for the National Trust where he developed his passion for outdoor education work. Supported and inspired by training in the Art Of Mentoring with the 8 Shields Institute, and WildWise ’s Outdoor Leadership Foundation (years 1 and 2), Sam’s work includes teaching at Acorns Learning, nature connection mentoring, running bushcraft and nature connection events; conservation work and tree surgery. Sam works with a healthy combination of playful energy and a relaxed and easy manner and likes nothing more than a good adventure.
Columb Thompson: Columb joined WildWise in 2018 as one of our Seasonal Assistants and has since progressed to become one of our key leaders. Through his work he shares his love of the outdoors and wild places with a wide spectrum of people from youngsters to adults. From a child he has always enjoyed sleeping under the stars and cooking over the fire and he now finds himself in a position to help others to have this experience. His desire is to open that door to others, to adventure to marvel and to share skills and learn together.
Timings: All dates are 18:00 start except Sept paddle 17.30 start and Oct paddle 17:00 start
Cancellations: The paddle will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds or transfers if you are unable to attend. Please see our terms & conditions for further information.
How to book:
1. Email us (only if >48 hours before event): provide your contact details and how you would like to pay i.e. BACS or card
2. By phone: call 01803 868269 (message service when office unattended) ALWAYS PHONE FOR LATE BOOKINGS
3. Online booking via Eventbrite: instant booking with immediate confirmation - eventbrite booking fees apply. Coming soon.
Meet at the Totnes boatshed, King Edwards School (KEVICCS). This is by the river just above Totnes weir. You can reach it on foot on the river path from either Totnes or Dartington. To locate it by car from Dartington, make your way towards Totnes. As you enter the town, look for the footbridge over the road and KEVICC Elmhirst site is on your left hand side. There is a path leading passed the Astroturf pitch leads to the foot/cycle path next to the river. Turn left, you will see the small concrete boat shed, covered in ivy, where we will meet you. You can also access the river path from the bottom of Swallowfields, a no through road near to KEVICCS school.
There is no parking at the river side and nearby on street parking is very limited. We recommend you use the pay & display car parks nearer town, for example at Totnes station or at Pavillions car park near Borough Park.