Canoe Trips

Canoeing Cardigan Gorge, Nature reserve

Canoeing with CBA

Our Adventure Canoe Trip on the lower Teifi heads from Llechryd down the gorge on a peaceful section of river as far Cardigan passing the Teifi marshes. This trip takes between 4ish  hours.

This trip is a peaceful paddle looking at the surrounding natural environment, your Guide will talk to you about the history and wildlife in the gorge.

During the trip we ask that you bring a packed lunch, as we stop at a peaceful spot to soak in the environment and have a brew before continuing down river.

Winding towards the sea, the deep, tidal Teifi Gorge is a unique environment where fresh and salt waters meet. Due to it’s wide array of species, it forms one of the most varied aquatic landscapes in the country. The gorge itself was hewn through a slate hill by a glacier retreating to the Irish Sea at the end of the last ice age.

The gorge offers safe, gentle river paddling in open canoes for people of all ages and abilities. With the river flowing lazily past ancient woodland and wildlife habitats, a canoe trip should be high on your list of must-do’s on your holiday.

The Teifi Gorge is one of the best examples of tidal gorge in the whole country and offers a safe and awe inspiring location for your whole family to try a fun new sport. The steep, densely wooded banks form an important habitat to species of otter, red deer, peregrine falcon, kingfishers, dragonflies, salmon and sewin and sea trout. The gorge has been an important centre of coracle fishing and slate quarrying for hundreds of years but now the gorge forms part of the Teifi marshes nature reserve. Canoeing in the gorge is a stunning adventure in the silent and untouched Teifi Gorge. The river is very slow, flat water for most of the journey and there are a set of gentle rapids which you can run at the end of the trip. 

Canoe trip great day out

No minimum age:  no experience is necessary, you can even bring a well-behaved dog!

What to bring for the session

We provide you with:

All required safety equipment for your session.(canoe, paddle, buoyancy aid)

Qualified Canoe Instructor.

Splash proof container for you to put you things in

We would like you to bring:

Old trainers or similar (your feet will get wet!)

Packed lunch however it is possible to buy lunch at the wildlife centre if you prefer

Waterproof jacket/trousers (just in case).

Warm jacket (just in case).

Water to drink.

Sun cream (yes, even in Wales!).

Camera (optional) We can not guarantee it will stay dry.

Face covering for the shuttle run back to your vehicle

How do we get back to our car

We meet you at the start location where you leave your vehicle during the trip, after the trip we will give the driver  a lift back to the start. Don't forget your face covering!

Questions and answers

How stable are canoes

They are stable but will require a few minutes to get used to the movement

Can they be made more stable as we are nervous

Yes we can join two canoes together to make a really stable boat

Can a canoe turn upside down

Yes but this is not common, don't worry though, nearly always people fall off the side before the canoe tips.

Can we change our activities?

Yes, you would just need to let us know in advance, and the more notice you give us the more flexible we can be.

Can I wear contact lenses or glasses?


Is there 'disabled access'?

The way down the canoe launch is about 20ft and on rough ground, however we have taken people who are wheel chair bound by helping where asked. We do our best to accommodate your wishes to make things happen.

What group sizes can you accommodate?

Large and small groups can be accommodated please contact us for more information.

Do we need to be able to swim?

No, it is unnecessary, you should stay in the canoe but if you are nervous we can join two canoes together to make a stable craft .

Do you have equipment to fit all sizes?

Yes - we have a wide range of sizes in all of our equipment. Before you head out on your activities our Instructors will ensure that all equipment fits correctly and they'll make any necessary changes. Our buoyancy aids are suitable for babies from 3kg right through to 4XL adult.

What if I have a medical condition?

Our Instructors are trained to deal with different situations, so we can easily accommodate people with diabetes, asthma, mild epilepsy, autism and more. Please contact us if you have any questions. If you require a waterproof container to bring medication please let us know in advance.

Can we do the activity in the rain?

Yes - all water activities can be done in the rain.

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