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River Fowey - Source to Sea

Canoe rafting along the Fowey

An exciting cross-curricular project involving two days exploring the beautiful River Fowey, (available from October to the end of March).

  • Day 1 - Journey to the source of the river on Bodmin Moor.
  • Day 2 - Canoe the Tidal Estuary from Lostwithiel to the Sea

Source to Sea/City to Sea flyer

Insight of the Walking/Canoeing Journey

Day 1 - The first part of the journey along the Fowey is undertaken on foot. We will build up your map skills as we criss-cross the River Fowey close to its source. We take time to explore the environment, habitat and landscape that is both seen and unseen as we `discover` the moorland source of this important Cornish river.
Day 2 - On the second day of our journey along the River Fowey we get up-close-and-personal with the river. We board rafted canoes and paddle downstream from the ancient town Lostwithiel and on to the coastal town of Fowey where our journey is complete. As we travel we will see for ourselves how the landscape and historical use of land has changed and transformed from the wilderness of the moors to the busy vibrant river that now enters into the sea. With this change we can also examine how the river changes from fresh water to a tidal estuary.

River Fowey MapPotential curricular links

  • History: Explorers and Cornish archaeology
  • Geography: Map reading, understanding locality and environment
  • ICT: Research
  • Maths: Navigation, tides and measurements
  • Physical Education
  • Personal and Social Development

Who can attend this journey?

This enlightening walk and canoe journey is deemed to be suitable for children from Year 4 (8-9 years) and upwards. 

Cost of this group event

  • £975 per group (September to the End of April)
  • £1700 per group (May to August)
  • Plus additional cost of minibus/coach hire
  • Maximum group size of 30

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