The Tour starts at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre where we can kit you up with the right boat, paddle and buoyancy aid. The trip will take you down the river to Birstall, then on to Thurmaston, and then out of the city towards Cossington.  The Tour often finishes here, however, a faster more able group might carry on through the Leicestershire countryside finishing at Sileby Mill.

Paddlers can hope to see local wildlife such as ducks, swans, geese, coots, moorhens, herons and maybe even a kingfisher. The more adventurous participants can have a go at features such as Birstall Drop Weir or ride along the long sloping weir at Cossington, 
(If you would like to run the weirs please check with us in advance as we will need a specifically qualified coach to lead the Tour).

The paddle is approximately 6.5 miles long to Sileby. It generally should take about 5 hours to complete, but participants are advised to allow time for delays and time for loading boats on to the trailer and driving back to the Centre

Price: £40 (Not valid on Stay Play Explore)

Tour Dates: 9th October, 11.30am - 4.30pm Canoes only. Instructor: Tabitha Murray-English

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Previous experience

It is advisable to have had a previous experience in a canoe/kayak as this tour can be quite physically demanding.