• Explore the Somerset Countryside by kayak
• All equipment is provided including kayak, paddles, buoyancy aid and dry bag out
• Solo or tandem canoes and kayaks are available
• Short health and safety briefing
• Kayak along the River Brue towards Glastonbury, through miles of beautiful countryside
• You may see kingfishers, herons, otters and other wildlife along the way
• Travel at your own pace and can turn round and head back to the centre when you wish
What Can I Expect
Go river kayaking in Somerset for stunning scenery and peaceful paddling! We are offering half and full-day kayak trips on the River Brue to paddle the gentle waters and take in all the sights and sounds.
The base for these kayak expeditions is Wall Eden Farm near Highbridge. Easily accessible from the M5 just south of the Mendip Hills, you’ll find this outdoor adventure centre in the heart of the Somerset Levels. These are the ancient wetlands that feed into the river, as it meanders along to Glastonbury.
The river is as much steeped in history as it is in wildlife. This area has been populated since Neolithic times and has always been an important watercourse. During WW2 the river was part of the GHQ defence line, so as you kayak along you’ll spot some of the many pillboxes that were erected along the Brue.
Along the route you’re bound to encounter the prolific wildlife. From swans and cygnets, to herons and swallows, this area of the wetlands is managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust as the 'Brue Valley Living Landscape’ in order to preserve its natural habitat.
As for the paddling involved, this centre has both solo and tandem kayaks available and they are the sit-on-top type. That means they are really stable, so novices with little paddle experience can easily enjoy these trips.
After being kitted out, you’re down at the water’s edge for your briefing. Then it’s time to launch and head off along the River Brue. Passing the likes of River Bridge, Westhay, Oxenpill, Meare (home to one of the country’s best preserved prehistoric villages) and Stileway too.
What we love about these half and full day kayaking tours in Somerset is that you paddle at your own rhythm, so you can turn back whenever you like, or paddle as far as Glastonbury, as these are self-guided trips. You might even find a nice riverside pub along the way for a refreshment break, or a shady spot for a picnic - however you do your kayaking outing it’s going to be lots of fun in a very nice and relaxed way!
• Weekdays and weekends between April and September
Half Day Session
Full Day Session
• Minimum age 4
• Under 16s must be accompanied by 2 or more participating adults (16-17 year olds at least 1 participating adult)
• 4-13 year olds are permitted to use two man sit-in canoes or kayaks accompanied by an adult
• Ages 13+ are permitted to use one man sit-on kayaks and two man sit-in canoes
• Participants should be confident in the water and ability to swim
• A good, general level of fitness is required
• Not suitable during pregnancy or if you have a history of epilepsy
• Spectators are welcome to watch your departure
Anything Else I Need To Know?
What to Bring:
• Waterproof clothing, depending on the weather
• A spare change of clothes
• Food and water, drinks can be purchased from the onsite shop if required
• Footwear you don't mind getting wet and/or muddy
• Cap/hat to protect you from the sun and sun lotion
• The River Brue, departing from Highbridge, Somerset