This information is for when you have booked your trip. Please note booking is essential for our trips.
On confirmation of your booking you should have received:
- RV time. Renedez-vous time; the time you need to be at your departure point. We recommend being there 10-15 minutes before to allow for parking and getting your kit and crew together (faff-time!).
- Departure point. This will be Tuckenhay, Stoke Gabriel or Totnes, directions for which are given below. If you have arranged a different departure point, you will be on a bespoke trip and you will have received seperate instructions by email and should refer to those.
As the organiser of your trip, it is your responsibility to make sure this information is shared and understood by all your crew. Our Skippers are entitled to refuse people if they are not, in their opinion, sufficiently dressed for the day's conditions. Given our canoes require a minimum number of people and a specific adult:child ratio, turning away one or two people could cost the whole trip.
DRESS: Everyone should dress for a day outdoors. Please note it is often cooler and/or brighter out on the water than you may be accustomed. Check the day’s forecast weather. Sun cream and hats are important when it is sunny and if you have shades/sun glasses they are useful. In any instance bring waterproofs and a warm layer. We advise against jeans; they are not good in the heat or cold, and can be dangerous when wet and cold.
Footwear may get wet or muddy – wear trainers, tough sandals or beach shoes that stay on. Please do not wear wetsuits or dry suits or you will get too hot or cold. These are not sit-on-top kayaks; we keep you dry (mostly!).
A big drybag is aboard each canoe for some personal small items and clothing.
HEALTH & SAFETY: By joining our activity you are presenting yourself as medically fit to do so. Please advise us in advance when you or anyone in your group has any health or fitness condition that may affect safety or ability to participate in canoeing. Non-swimmers should make themselves known to their skipper/guide on the day. Advice given on 'dress' is part of our health and safety policy and risk assessment.
PUNCTUALITY: We work on a very tidal estuary so we cannot be flexible over start times, especially on low water trips. The tide never waits! One or two no shows or late arrivals could cost the whole trip.
COMMUNICATIONS: We do not have a permanently staffed office and it is unlikely anyone will be in the office within an hour or two of a trip starting. If you need to contact us last minute, you are better off using one of the mobile numbers we have given you. BUT PLEASE NOTE mobile phone coverage is weak and patchy on the River Dart estuary, especially where we depart from. Please be sure to understand this should you be relying on contacting us last minute, and please advise anyone else who you maybe making plans with. We always acknowledge texts we receive so best strategy is comms by text, and if you get no reply assume your message has not been received.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Please check your given departure point - Tuckenhay (TY), Stoke Gabriel (SG) or Totnes (TS) - and follow the appropriate directions below, making particular note of the parking instructions, ie no parking at the Maltsters Arms pub:
This postcode - TQ9 7EQ - will get you to the Maltsters Arms where our trip starts but please follow the directions below for parking. We cannot park in the pub's main car parks on the quay or in front of the pub on the road.
- To Tuckenhay from Totnes (if coming from Torbay, Exeter, the north).
Allow 15 minutes. If coming from Torbay in summer holidays, allow at least 15 minutes to get through Totnes due to heavy traffic. It can be more!
From Totnes follow Dartmouth road (A381, Western Bypass). Leaving Totnes up a long hill turn LEFT before top, signed Tuckenhay. 1¼ mile, turn RIGHT signed Tuckenhay. Down steep hill, over hump bridge, facing Watermans Arms. Continue with river on left to parking.
Just before the 30mph signs is the Maltsters Arms car-park in a quarry on the RIGHT with a wooden fence. There is good hard standing – please park here, taking care to allow access for others. Continue on foot a further 250m to The Maltsters Arms. Kindly avoid driving down onto the Maltsters’ Quay.
- To Tuckenhay from Dartmouth
Allow 30 minutes.
From Dartmouth follow Totnes. Where the road swings sharply left at The Sportsman’s Arms, turn RIGHT signed Dittisham then immediately LEFT (leaving the pub carpark on your LEFT). Continue for 3 miles approx through lanes. Follow signs initially to Cornworthy then to Tuckenhay (no need to go into Cornworthy). Down steep winding hill to Tuckenhay village.
Once in Tuckenhay drive past bus shelter on right and field on left. 20m after field gate is a layby on your right, between the creek & the lane. Park here if space and continue 300m on foot to the Maltsters. Otherwise drive 350m past the Maltsters to their overspill car park with a wooden fence on your left. Kindly avoid driving down onto the Maltsters’ Quay.
- To Tuckenhay from Kingsbridge
Allow 35 minutes
From Dartmouth/Kingsbridge follow Totnes. Slow right down as you approach Harbertonford, the next village after Halwell. In Harbertonford turn RIGHT (it happens quite soon; immediately after you have crossed a small road/river bridge and before the pedestrian crossing). Pass village shop and Post Office. 50 metres turn sharp RIGHT; Bow Road, signed Tuckenhay. Leave village on small lane with Harbourne river on your right. Follow lane 1 mile. When you reach a deep cutting in the rock, turn sharp RIGHT, signed Tuckenhay (there is a little postbox bolted to the wall that you should be leaving on your left hand side). After 1¼ mile, turn RIGHT carefully, with big house on the right hand side, go over hump bridge (and not left to Ashprington) and follow the road round to the left, passing the Waterman's Arms on your right hand side. Continue with river on left 75m to parking.
To Stoke Gabriel
This post code - TQ9 6RD - will get you to the River Shack where there is parking.
Stoke Gabriel village is about 15 minutes by car off the Paignton – Totnes road (A385). There are public toilets in the village centre about 50m past the Post Office. There are 100 parking spaces on Stoke Gabriel Quay (£3.50 for all day) near the River Shack Café (toilet facilities for customers). Your skipper/guide will come and find you on the Quay at your expected time, or you will find them setting up on the beach on the north shore of the creek.
We meet by the Slip-way by Totnes-Dart Rowing club in Longmarsh car park, at the end of Steamer Quay Road.
Whichever direction you enter Totnes from, follow signs to town centre and then to the coach park. If you are coming from the Paignton/Torquay direction this happens quite quickly; you turn left before the old bridge across the river. If coming from all other directions, you turn right immediately after crossing the old bridge, driving away from the town centre. You then take the first right, signed to Steamer Quay.
Do not turn right into the Steamer Quay car park unless you are in a coach (this is the only coach park in Totnes), or you want to use the public toilets. Instead continue to Longmarsh longstay car park. This is a pay and display car park.
This slip way is about 5 miutes walk from the public toilets at Steamer Quay.