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 in Ironbridge
mini raft hire for families

Mini Raft Hire

7½ mile route (2½ to 3½ hours)

Your trip starts up river in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.  Each mini-raft holds between 2-5 people with a minimum of 2 adults per raft. We provide all the equipment including a free shuttle from our Little Green Kiosk in the Wharfage car park to your starting point.  As you paddle back to Ironbridge you can enjoy a picnic lunch in your raft.

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

Look out for egrets, swans, kingfishers and even deer on the old power station site as you paddle back to Ironbridge.

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

You will get your feet wet when launching, so we recommend you 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 the 2 minutes 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. However, let us know if you have trouble doing this at the time.

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

We require a minimum of 2 adults per mini-raft.  Please see the full guidelines, rules and regulations below.

Due to the number of bookings on the day we may need to allocate you a meeting time between 10am and 11.45am, however, we will contact you regarding this prior to your trip date.

We will email you a few days prior to your trip date with all the necessary information you need.  Please ensure you arrive no later than the time stated in the email. Due to other customers requiring travel in our free shuttle, if you arrive late we may have to leave without you!

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

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 kiosk employee 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.

Bookings can only be made online from 1st April to 30th September.  

During our low season (October to March) when our online booking system is not visible please call: (01952) 427150 or email: shropshirerafttours@icloud.com

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

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 mini-raft hire, 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 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. The minimum hire age is 18 years old and an adult 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.  An adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.

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/transport 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 leave without you, meaning 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 mini-raft.  Do not stand up in the mini rafts whilst on the river and take care when getting out. 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 they are lost or stolen.

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

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.

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the correct clothing and are fit enough to complete any trip comfortably. The route will take 2½-3½ hours to paddle even in low summer river levels.  With this in mind, if you exceed the 3½ hour time we reserve the right to make a surcharge.

Dogs are welcome, however do not leash them in the mini-raft and please advise us in advance.

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. 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.

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