Mini-Raft Hire

(7½ mile route)

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Pre-booking is essential.

Please call us direct if you have any questions before booking.

mini raft hire for families

7½ mile route (2½ to 3½ hours)

Starting up river, enjoy the beautiful Shropshire countryside.  Each raft holds between 2-5 people (minimum of 2 adults per raft).  We will transport you and your group to the start point with all the equipment and you can then paddle back to Ironbridge, enjoying a picnic lunch as you float along in the raft.

This route takes approximately 2½ to 3½ hours to paddle (depending on river levels).

Keep a lookout for egrets, swans, kingfishers and even deer on the old power station site as you paddle down to Ironbridge.

Children are welcome from ages 4 and above.

It should be noted that you will get your feet wet when launching, so we advise you to wear old trainers you don’t mind getting wet or wet suit shoes (and bring a change of footwear if you wish).

Please park for the full day in Dale End pay and display car park (TF8 7BS) and walk across to the Wharfage car park (TF8 7NH) where we meet at our Little Green Kiosk.

At the end of the trip we will ask for your help to carry the raft a short distance to the car park.  Please let us know at the time if you have trouble with this.

Please read the notes below before making a mini-raft hire booking.

Mini-rafts can be hired with a minimum of 2 adults per raft. Full terms and conditions can be seen below.

Due to the number of bookings on the day we may need to allocate you a meeting time between 10am and 11.45am.

Minimum age for children is 4 years.

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 kiosk 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.

Please note that bookings can only be made online from 1st April to 30th September.  

During our off peak season (October to March) when our online booking system is not visible please call: (01952) 427 150 or email: shropshirerafttours@icloud.com.

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 mini-raft, 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 mini-raft is 75 stone. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed in the mini-raft.  Any children under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult on a one to one basis.  An adult 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.

You are not allowed to 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/transport 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. As a consequence, if you are late, we may have to leave without you, meaning we may have to cancel or re-schedule your trip.

You must wear your buoyancy aids at all times whilst you are in the mini-raft.  Do not stand up in the mini rafts whilst on the river and take care when getting out.

You are not allowed to smoke whilst wearing your buoyancy aid or sitting/standing in the mini-raft.

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 are not allowed to run the rapids.

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the correct clothing and are fit enough to complete any trip comfortably. Dogs are welcome, however do not leash them in the mini-raft and please advise us in advance.

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.

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. Furthermore, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks.

What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing. i.e. t-shirts, 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 on your journey. In addition, we recommend you bring a change of clothes for the end of your trip just in case.

Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar, snack or picnic. 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.