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Call us on 01243 573375

See a short movie below made by 12 year old Jake Farquar when he paddled the River Wye in May 2015 with his Dad and some of his mates.

We believe that the relationship between parent and child really matters.  

A Dads and Lads Wilderness Weekend is the perfect opportunity for father and son to spend quality time together; sharing in a real wilderness adventure.  These high quality canoe expeditions are founded on careful attention to detail. Each expedition is led by highly skilled and experienced instructors, whose aim is to facilitate your adventure - not to take you on their adventure.  You get to share a canoe, a stove and a story with your child.  

Paddling down the beautiful River Wye our Wilderness Canoe Weekends are suitable for groups aged 10+ and includes our popular Dads and Lads Weekends (or any combination of mums, dads, daughters and sons). Follow this link to see a sample itinerary.   

We meet you at the river’s edge where all the equipment is ready and we discuss the aims of the expedition, pack the boats and cover some basic canoe skills.  Once we launch onto the water we’re on our own!  We paddle the expedition unsupported: you carry your own food, camping equipment and clothing.  We stick together, learn together and help one another.  At the end of the trip simply take your own equipment, along with the memories of your shared experience, and head for home. 

Please take the time to explore the pages below, including the Frequently Asked Questions page, which will hopefully answer many of your questions.  Similarly, our expedition costs page will clarify exactly how much you will need to spend.  CYE provides all the expensive kit you need, and we don’t have any hidden costs. 

Wilderness Weekends are supported by Cotswold Outdoors.  Upon booking, we will give you a discount code, to use with Cotswold. 

The expeditions are run by Christian Youth Enterprises Sailing Centre; a Christian adventure sports charity based on the South Coast.  The expeditions are monitored by the HSE, through the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.  Thorough Risk Assessment precedes all expeditions.    

“The whole experience is designed around facilitating a genuine adventure for father and son to experience together; sharing those quality moments you’ll always remember.”

Booking process:

  1. Get a group together of 4-7 parent & child pairs
  2. Contact the CYE office on 01243 573375 to schedule a weekend between April and October
  3. Payment of the deposit for the group will secure your booking


Friday night camping:

Although the expedition does not officially start until the Saturday morning, we are pleased to be able to offer camping in Hereford on the Friday night, in case you don't fancy travelling out on Saturday morning.  On the Friday night we can provide the tent  but we cannot provide any food.  Fortunately the campsite is very close to Hereford town centre, and even closer to a supermarket.  


Useful Links: 

Directions to Hereford Rowing Club

Expedition Equipment


Frequently Asked Questions

Wye Valley Guide

Cotswold Outdoor