UKís first artificial course and still probably the most beginner friendly,
located in Bedfordís Priory Country Park, 2.5km downstream from Bedford town
centre. It has a dual function, acting as both a river flood control and a
It's a long concrete channel, in which fibreglass boulders are fixed and can be
moved to make different river patterns. It offers safe moving water for paddlers
at any level, and it's a good choice for newly promoted paddlers. It seems to
give an advantage to smaller competitors!
The maximum drop is 1.7 meters, but itís enough for a good white water training
facility and you can warm up on the main river. The course is suitable for up to
Division 2 Slaloms, and also for recreation groups to hire* and have complete
control of the layout and water levels.
Country Park is a beautiful location teeming with wild life - deer, otters,
foxes and many different bird species. Camping and caravanning are available on
site, and there is drinking water and an Elsan disposal point in the car park.
Flush toilets (not very reliable) are available in the car parks, and
arrangements can be made to hire portable toilets.
If you wish you can tour on the river Great Ouse, one of the cleanest low level
rivers in the UK, through the Bedfordshire countryside.
For bookings and enquires please contact Graham Missing, phone 01908 611187, mobile 07402 390738