Coracle Hire

(1 hour)

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Coracle Hire

Coracle hire in Ironbridge at Shropshire Raft Tours with 1 hour hire.  A great activity to enjoy with family and friends.

Call us at (01952) 427 150

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Coracle Hire (1 hour)

Our one hour coracle hire is based in the pretty village of Jackfield, down river from the world famous iron bridge.  Step back in time with our one hour hire sessions in the circular shaped coracles.

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

Please note that we require a minimum of 2 adults per boat to paddle to avoid going round in circles!

Please be aware that we can only run these in lower summer river levels so please call in advance to check availability.

We have set times of 1.30pm and 2.30pm for this activity.

Coracle Hire

Featured on in April 2022

Please read the notes below before making a coracle hire booking.

Your trip includes:

– Boat hire (coracle). Please note that you will need to paddle both sides otherwise you will end up going round in circles, so we require a minimum of 2 adults who can paddle per boat. Please dress in appropriate clothing (shorts, fitness gear, leggings, quick dry trousers). You should stay dry but you may want to bring a towel and change of clothes for after the session.

– Paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bag.

Children are welcome from ages 4 and above. Minimum of 2 adults paddling.

We will email you a few days prior to your trip date with all the necessary information you need including where to meet.

We recommend you park your vehicle at Bedlam Furnaces (currently free parking) and walk to the meeting point which is only 5 minutes away.  If you are unable to park at Bedlam Furnaces please park at one of the pay and display car parks located in Ironbridge.  The closest car park to the meeting point is at Ironbridge Central/Station Yard long stay pay and display car park (TF8 7JP) which costs £4 for full day parking and is only a 10 minute walk to the meeting point.

PLEASE NOTE: As a security deposit for our mini-raft hire services, we require a photo ID for each booking, i.e driving licence or passport.  Our staff member will safely keep this for the duration of the hire period. However, should you fail to bring the required documents on the day we reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund given.

Call us at (01952) 427 150. Email us

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for all the answers you need.


 Each coracle requires a minimum of 2 adults to paddle (one each side).

Maximum weight limit in our 2 person coracle is 35 stone (2 adults).

Maximum weight limit in our 3 person coracle is 40 stone (minimum of 2 adults).

Maximum weight limit in our 4 person coracle is 40 stone.  This is designed for 2 adults and 2 young children (aged 10 and under).

Health and Safety Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

The safety and enjoyment of your trip depend on both river and weather on your chosen trip day. We do not allow any trips to proceed when severe conditions are occurring or expected. Furthermore, heavy rainfall over the days leading up to your trip date affects the river levels, especially rainfall over the Welsh mountains some two days before departure. We will offer you an alternative date if we are unable to run your trip due to circumstances beyond our control.

If you have any questions about your coracle, equipment or the River Severn, please do not hesitate to ask.

Furthermore, if your party have any health issues, please discuss this with us first and make us aware of these conditions. As a consequence of certain health issues we may discourage you from taking part in the event. Anyone with a history of epilepsy should also avoid participating in this activity.

Maximum weight per coracle is 40 stone. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed in coracles.  Children under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult on a one to one basis. The minimum hire age is 18 years old and 2 adults must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

It is important to note that participants must have the ability to swim a minimum of 25 metres.  Consequently, an adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.

Most importantly, please note that you should not consume alcohol prior to your trip. You will not be permitted to hire or participate in the event if you are found under the influence of alcohol or any other substances and we will not provide a refund in the event of cancellation.  Furthermore, you cannot take alcohol on the river and we have the right to confiscate it until you return. If you refuse to relinquish alcohol we will cancel the trip with no refund given.

You cannot fish unless you have the appropriate permit to fish on the stretch of the river your journey takes you on and a National rod license. Please arrive 10 minutes before your allocated launch time to allow time to fit your buoyancy aids and paddles and receive your health and safety briefing. Please call us if you are running late, however, if you are late we may have to cancel your trip with no refund given.

You must wear your buoyancy aids at all times whilst you are in the coracle. When you leave the river take all your belongings, buoyancy aids and paddles as these are your responsibility and we will charge you in full if lost or stolen.

At certain times, we can provide a river guide to accompany your trip at an extra cost. However, this service is only available by prior arrangement, and not at the time of your arrival.

You cannot bring your dog on this activity.

There is no safety cover on the river however you can contact us at all times to effect or organise a rescue. Call: 01952 427150. For the most part, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks. However we can also be contacted on WhatsApp on 07497 086936.

What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing, i.e. t-shirts, shorts, leggings and trainers (NOT wellington boots, flip flops or jeans).  Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen as the sun reflecting off the water can increase your chance of heat stroke and sunburn. Furthermore the weather conditions can also change very quickly on your journey so please bring a raincoat. In addition, we also recommend you bring a change of clothes and towel for the end of your trip.

Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar, snack/picnic and sun tan lotion. Especially important is a waterproof mobile phone.

Do not bring: Expensive jewellery, watches, cameras/video cameras if not waterproof as we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any of your effects.

Please do not leave rubbish on the river banks or drop it in the river. Bring it back with you and we will dispose of it.

Before making a booking, please review our full terms and conditions.