Coracle Hire

(1 hour)

Coracle hire

Pre-booking is essential.

Please call us direct to book.

Coracle hire
Coracle hire

Coracle hire in Ironbridge at Shropshire Raft Tours with 1 hour hire. You can explore the Jackfield side of the Gorge enjoying this beautiful Shropshire scenic river. A great taster session to enjoy with family and friends.

Call us at (01952) 427 150. 

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1 Hour Coracle Hire

1 hour coracle hire is based in the Jackfield side of the Gorge.  As you set off from our Jackfield private launch site, you paddle upstream to the New Bridge and Bedlam Furnaces.  As well as kingfishers, ducks & wagtails  look out for the swans.

We welcome children from the age of 4 and above.

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

Coracle hire


Your trip includes:

– Boat hire (coracle). Please note that you will need to paddle both sides. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: As a security deposit for any of our ‘for hire’ services, we require a photo ID for each booking, ie driving licence or passport. Our employee will safely retain this for the duration of the hire period.   If you do not bring the necessary documents required on the day we reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund given.

For one hour hire please specify in the notes your preferred start time between 10am and 2pm.  We will contact you to confirm.

Call us at (01952) 427 150. Email us

Please note that bookings can only be made online from 1st April to 30th September.  For enquiries in our off peak season (October to March) please call us direct.


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

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

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

The maximum weight limit in our 4 person coracle is 40 stone.  This is designed for 2 adults and 2 young children.

Health and Safety guidelines, rules and regulations

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. Consequently, if we cannot run your trip due to circumstances outside our control we will offer you an alternative date.  

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions relating to your coracle, equipment and the River Severn.

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. Additionally anyone with a history of epilepsy should not participate 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.  2 adults must accompany anyone under the age of 18. Minimum age to hire is 18.

It should be noted, participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.  An adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your allocated launch time, to allow time to be kitted out with buoyancy aids and paddles, fill out the hire agreement and receive your health and safety briefing. Consequently, if you are late, we may have to cancel or re-schedule your trip.

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.

Guided tours: 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.

It should be noted that there is safety cover on the river. Call: 01952 427150. Furthermore, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks.

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.

What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing. i.e. t-shirts, casual outdoor clothing, trainers. (NOT wellington boots, flip flops or jeans). As a result of sun reflecting off the water when hot, to minimise risk of heat stroke and sunburn please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. Furthermore the weather conditions can also change very quickly. This is a dry activity and as such you should not get wet, however, you may wish to bring a change of clothes and towel for the end of your session.

Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar or snack. Suitable sun tan lotion is also recommended. Especially important is a waterproof mobile phone.

Do not bring: Expensive jewellery. Watches, cameras, video cameras etc if not waterproof. 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.