Canoeing is great fun and one of the most versatile and accessible sports you can try!  There is something for everyone and every ability, whether you want to improve your fitness, explore the countryside from a unique perspective, or take time out and enjoy the some peace on the water.    

Milton Country Park has plenty to offer those who want to try out canoeing.   We work with experienced BCU (British Canoe Union) qualified instructors to give you an opportunity to try the sport, whether through introductory sessions, our skills & journeys programme or organised groups.  

To find out more and book your sessions online simply choose from the following options and see our FAQs below... 

Quick Start Sessions

Our one hour Quick Start Sessions offer you the chance to learn the basics of canoeing, including safety, equipment and paddle strokes.

Lessons are fun and friendly and designed for all abilities, whether you have no experience or want to refresh your skills on the water.

Sunday mornings

  • 11am-12pm
  • 12.15pm-1.15pm

£10 per person
Suitable for adults and children.  
Min age 8.

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Skills & Journeys

Spend a day learning the basics of canoeing while enjoying a beautiful day journey along the river Cam or Little Ouse (overnight & camping journey).

Our highly experienced and BCU qualified instructor, Joy of Adventure will teach you all you need to know and have you confidently paddling and negotiating a stunning river journey. 

Children aged 5 and over are welcome.

  • Day journey £75 pp
  • Day and a half journey with camping, first aid & bush craft skills £150 pp (age 10 and under half price)

SEE BELOW for more information about the journey course including timings, what to expect and what to bring etc... 

  

Group Bookings & Parties

Canoeing is a perfect activity to enjoy as a group, whether for a Hen or Stag do, a birthday party, school group, Brownies, Scouts, team building or simply with family and friends.

Why not book a session on the water then hire the Dell, our private party space, and dry off by the campfire!  

Standard Canoe Party
6 persons plus one instructor: £120/hour
12 persons plus two instructors: £220/hour
*subject to instructor availability
Min age 5. 

The Dell
Self-led (space only) £45/hour
Ranger-led £90/hour
Campfire logs £6

Other arrangements by negotiation.

For party and group bookings please complete the form below.  Someone will get back to you as soon possible.

Day Journey (open to all) 4TH AUGUST

Day Journey (women & girls only) 5TH AUGUST

Day Journey (open to all) 11th AUGUST

Day Journey (open to all) 12th August

Day & half Journey with camping 18th & 19th August

QUICK START & GENERAL FAQs

Where do I arrive for my Quick Start session?

Sessions are located from the pontoon on Todd's Pit.  Follow the path to the left of the Visitor Centre, just a short walk from the car park.  Please arrive ten minutes before your session time.

What should I wear?

Wear clothing suitable for the weather.  Light, quick dry items which are not too baggy are best, for example clothing you might wear to a gym or for running.  It is best to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet.

What facilities do you have at the park?

There are no changing facilities at the park.  Changing is in a gated area on the bank.  We also have toilets located in the car park and the Visitor Centre.  There is also a café located at the visitors centre.

JOURNEYS FAQs

What should I bring?

  • Packed lunch
  • Sun hat and sun screen
  • Flask of drink and or water bottle ( at least 1.5 liters)
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Waterproof coat and trousers or quick dry leggings

What can I expect from my (one day) journey?

Grantchester to Baits Bite Lock

On the day of your journey you will need to arrive at Milton Country park by 9.45am.  There is all day car parking if needed.  We will give you a water proof blue barrel for all your spare clothing and packed lunch before we transport you to Grantchester where we will unload the boats and you'll begin your journey though the beautiful Grantchester water meadows.  The wildlife along this stretch of river is amazing; expect to see dragonflies, coots, swans and moorhens and if you're very lucky, a kingfisher, all from a unique perspective!  We will help you to get your boat down the historic rollers in Cambridge and on to the Mill Pond.  If you're keen you can practice some moving water skills here and learn how to break in and out of moving water.

Once in Cambridge you will see the backs of all the colleges and see sites which are hundreds of years old and have been home to lots of famous scientists, artists, historians etc.  You will paddle under the Johns bridge of Sighs where you can imagine that you're actually in Venice, before you then come to Jesus Lock.  You will need to portage your boat here past the traditional lock gates before getting back on the river to paddle past the University boat houses.  On this stretch of river you will hear the click and clunk of blades as powerful men and women in rowing eights power past you and you can imagine what it must be like to train every day to get in to the Cambridge blues boat to race against Oxford.

From here you will paddle out of Cambridge on your own, your guide will leave you to collect the trailer and give you a chance to experience journeying independently.  By the time you arrive at Baits Bite Lock the trailer will be waiting for you.  We will then load the boats, giving you a chance to use your newly acquired rope tying skills before the short walk back to Milton Country Park so you can collect your car or be collected.

 

What can I expect from my day and a half camping journey?

Little Ouse Brandon to Littleport

The Little Ouse is a beautiful river where kingfishers can be frequently sighted as you paddle along this ancient water way. You will pass a wildlife reserve where otters are regularly seen and merlins fly over head.  There is a train station in Brandon so it's very easy to get there by train.  From there you can walk the 300m to the river where we will unload the boats and you will pack your barrels for your overnight journey to Brandon Creek.

The river passes through beautiful meadows and 2 locks need to be navigated as the river winds its way into the Fenland, where the village of little Ouse boasts the lowest trig point in the country of minus 10 meters.  We will stop for lunch on the river where we will teach you how to use a Kelly Kettle to make hot water very quickly but you need to bring your own packed lunch.  You will arrive at the confluence of the Great Ouse and Little Ouse where the Ship Inn is located.  You just might want to stop there for a bit before paddling across the river to Millennium Wood campsite.

The campsite gives you the option of sleeping in a tent or in a wooden shelter where you can stare out at the stars.  We will show you how to light and use a campfire to cook on, roasting marshmallows and preparing bread for breakfast the next morning.  Dinner will be a 3 course meal cooked outdoors which always smells and tastes so much better!

You will be woken in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread and coffee and we will make pancakes and porridge over the fire or the stove.  You will then pack up before paddling up river to Littleport where we will load boats onto the trailer before you get your train back to your home.

Memories of kingfishers, river settings, fresh bread and new friendships will go with you.

What should I bring?

  • Pack lunch
  • Sun hat and sun screen
  • Flask of drink and or water bottle ( at least 1.5 liters)
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Waterproof coat and trousers or quick dry leggings

What is provided?

  • Canoes
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Dry bag (for your phone, keys and valuables)
  • Waterproof barrel (for your kit)
  • Breakfast
  • Evening meal
  • Skills training in canoe
  • Use of Kelly Kettle and fire pit

For a small hire charge we can provide

  • Tent
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Sleeping bag and mat

 

Canoeing at Milton Country Park was developed with funding from Sport England.