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Gateway Outdoors - canoeing

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Gateway Outdoors - canoeing
53, Fairview Drive
Bayston Hill
Phone: 01743 871166 / 07966 260745
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Gateway Outdoors are based in Shropshire but provide activities including canoeing in a variety of areas including the neighbouring county of Powys. They offer a bespoke service which if required can be tailored to individual need and ability. Matt Craig who runs Gateway Outdoors has a wealth of experience and has been an outdoor instructor since 1999.

He also has personal experience of easy access needs from a period of convalescence following a serious spinal injury some years ago. The ethos of Gateway Outdoors is to enable people to explore the countryside more fully or from a different perspective.

Our researchers tried out this activity at Melverley on the River Vyrnwy that straddles the border between Powys and Shropshire and canoed down the river to just beyond the confluence of the rivers Vyrnwy and Severn. For those taking part, seeing a relatively familiar area of countryside from the very different setting of being on the river, proved a very enjoyable and informative experience.

The company specialises in a bespoke service so, for people with either very limited or no ambulant ability, if required other sites could be chosen with vehicular access right to the waters edge and a level hardstanding to be able to be hoisted into the canoe. To ensure the best possible experience it is essential to contact them prior to booking to discuss fully your individual needs and access requirements. Where considered appropriate they are happy to assist with transfer if extra help is needed and again this is best discussed beforehand.

This activity is suitable for children of school age as well as adults and if necessary a catamaran can be created by lashing two canoes together to form a more stable craft for groups with members who are not able to paddle themselves.

Please note that as stated above Gateway Outdoors operate a mobile facility and where possible will bring the canoes to a suitable site near a destination of your choice, therefore the postcode and contact details shown above are for their base only.

The canoeing can be combined with paragliding and a stay at Big Bear Lodge at Melverley. Please click on the links  for more information on accessibility at the lodge and to the paragliding.

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On - site facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome


  • Designated Disabled car parking (Choosing a site with vehicular access if required will be part of the bespoke service)


  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets (As this activity takes place in the countryside there will not be toilets on site however consideration of needs such as the location of the nearest accessible toilets will be built into the individual package)



This was a really enjoyable experience and Matt our instructor was very helpful and told us a lot about the river and the surrounding area. It was quiet and peaceful on the water.
As I have some difficulty walking, I needed some assistance to get into the canoe and to get out at the end and back up to the vehicle.
I also found it needed quite a bit of strength to paddle but as it was a 3 person canoe, I was able to rest if I needed to.
I would like to do this again if I could.by Phillip McMahon on 28 August 2013