Severn & Wye

Welcome to our Expedition Network. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you plan and undertake your expedition on Rivers Severn and Wye at any DofE level.

Contact us

Central Expeditions Assessor Network
Central England Regional Office, Arthur House, 21 Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B75 5BL

T: 0121 308 9470

E: [email protected]

Twitter: @CentralExpeds

Please note that the Central Assessor Network offers a mainly advisory service and deals with the expedition notification forms. Due to us having a very small number of assessors we are not often able to help teams find an Assessor. Please talk to your Licensed Organisation or Operations Officer for help in finding an Assessor.

Planning your expedition

The Rivers Severn and Wye are considered wild country by the DofE. This means that any expeditions planned on these rivers must notify the CEAN Administrator via the submission of a Green form. This is for all levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, practice and assessed.

Download green form

You will also need to submit route cards for each team before an expedition can be fully approved and an expedition number issued. This is to ensure that the expedition fulfils the 20 conditions set out by the DofE. Map tracings are not necessary however we will accept them should you wish to include them.

Teams planning to use the Severn and Wye should be aware that river conditions can change very rapidly, teams should check the Environment Agency Flood Line and water levels charts in the weeks and days leading up to their expeditions

Requesting a Network Assessor

Please know that everything will be done to find you a Network Assessor should you require one, however please be aware that we have a very limited number of Network Assessors for the Severn and Wye so please be prepared to make alternative arrangements.

Network Assessor voucher codes are available for purchase on eDofE through the ‘Essentials’ tab. An Assessor voucher must be purchased for each team and entered in the appropriate space on the Green Form.

Campsites

Below you will find our current campsite lists for the River Severn and the River Wye. Please note that these lists are not exhaustive and there may be other campsites available that are not on these lists. We try to keep the campsite lists updated however if you come across any differing information please let us know and we will be happy to amend the documents.

Similarly if you find any other available campsites that are not on featured we would love to accept contact details and locations for future groups.

River Severn campsites Wye campsites
Canoe hire

The cost to hire eight open canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bags and the canoe trailer is £120 plus a £50 deposit. Should you wish to use this equipment please contact the CEAN Administrator at [email protected] using the booking form.

Download booking form
Expeditions journeying from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye

Please be aware that Upper Glas-y-bont Common is owned by Powys Council Council and arrangements for canoe access have been made in liaison with the owners of the land downstream. This relates only to the section of the River Wye from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye.

Launching of canoes and kayaks is permitted from the common between the hours of 10am and 4pm. DofE leaders should make sure that journeys are planned to be off that section of the river Wye between Glasbury and Hay no later than 5pm.

Read the Powys Code of Conduct which was in place until 30th March 2018. Until the updated Code of Conduct has been produced please continue to use and follow this document if your journey includes this section of the river.