Magnificent Severn - An Epic Journey!

From the 1st to the 11th June our friends from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust will be taking on a huge feat! A team of 14 from will be taking on a river journey from source to sea; the entire length of the River Severn by foot, bicycle and canoe. They will be travelling a grand total of 210 miles in just eleven days!

En route the team will be highlighting environmental and other  issues faced by the river and those who rely on it with a series of family events – a moving river road show! A range of fun and interactive games will aim to attract interest in the river, help provide information about the Severn and celebrate our finest river system.

As the journey takes place partly during National Go Canoeing Week, the team will also be registering the miles they paddle on the our website to help us reach our 30,000 mile target! We hope that their story will inspire you to get out and paddle this Go Canoeing Week! Or why not meet the team and take part in one of their events along the way?


From the source in the Cambrian Mountains the team will walk, cycle and paddle downstream to the historic Gloucester Docks. The team will carry a traditional carved figurehead of the river goddess Sabrina, the Roman name for the Severn. Our five canoes are named Hafren, Sabrina, Nodens, Benbow and Beagle, names with strong associations with the Severn. During the voyage numerous individuals, organisations and partners are planning to join us for all or part of the journey.


#LYMag7 is about connections. It’s a fun journey with a serious intent that aims to inspire behavioural and attitudinal change. The Love your Magnificent Severn journey is a good opportunity to bring together communities up and down the river and create new connections.


The journey will begin from Rhyd Y Benwch, the source of the River Severn. The team will spend the first two days walking and cycling alongside the river before starting the paddling the section of their journey from Pool Quay, Welshpool on day three.


Day five will see the team and their roadshow visiting the Shrewsbury River Festival. This will be a great opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the journey as well as spending some time joining in with the many other activities the festival has to offer. There will even be a chance for you to get out on the water yourself!


The team will reach Gloucester Historic Docks on the 11th of June and are looking forward to being greeted there by members of the public for the final event in their roadshow!


For more information on the journey and details of all of the events happening around it please visit the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Website or their Facebook Page.
If you want to get out on the water during National Go Canoeing Week and be in with the chance of winning a prize by registering your miles, go to our take part section and find an activity near you.

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