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Source to Sea Adventure Holidays

Journeys Down England's Iconic Rivers

Jump into a NEW Source to Sea adventure – immersive journeys down some of England’s most iconic rivers, by whatever means possible! This tour is for the adventurous, the inquisitive and those who want to embark on a journey from start to finish. We travel by foot (walking or running), by bike, by SUP, canoe, kayak and swim from the source of these beautiful rivers, winding along them until they reach the sea! 

From the River Dart in Devon, the Camel and Fowey in Cornwall and the Wye, on the England / Wales border, our rivers are the backdrop and routes for wonderful journeys. Look our for our new adventures along the Thames into London and Tyne into Newcastle!

It’s not a race and guests can do as much activity as they like per day. There are many opportunities to “cut the corner” and to travel by alternate means including steam train, boat, or via our support vehicles. It’s completely up to you. 

Spend the evenings in the best pubs known to man, or around the fire pit, with home cooked food, a beer in hand and under the stars! The tour is fuelled by good company, led by our wonderful and fully trained guides, and is a magical six day journey that you’ll remember for a lifetime. 


England Adventure Holidays - Your Way!

“At your own pace” is our motto. You can choose can choose to push yourself on a daily basis with plenty of different options available, including early morning swims or longer bike rides, or travel at a more leisurely pace, drinking in the wonderful views and immersing yourself in the rivers as they meander their way to the sea. 

Each day there is a programme of activity which is completely flexible. Don’t feel obliged to do all the activities and if you fancy an afternoon off to stroll along the beach or read your book in the sun – that’s no problem at all. 

Evenings are relaxed – either in the local and atmospheric pubs, or around the firepit – and designed for you to completely unwind with like-minded people and good cheer all round!  


Choose Your Source to Sea Adventure

Fowey Estuary paddling trip

Source to Sea – Devon and Cornwall

6 Day Adventure - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Get stuck into an active week away with a like-minded group, enjoying sea swimming, surfing, SUPing (Stand Up Paddleboarding), coastal cycling, clifftop walks and coasteering.
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Source to Sea – The Thames

5 Days Adventure - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
Journey along the Thames, paddling, biking, walking and swimming from Source to Sea (via all the best pubs!)
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Source to Sea – The Tyne

6 Day Adventure - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Chart the full course of the iconic Tyne River - by any means possible and with like minded people. Enjoy walking, biking, swimming, canoeing and more
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Source to Sea – The Wye

7 Day Adventure - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Chart the full course of the iconic Wye River - by any means possible and with like minded people. Enjoy walking, cycling, swimming, Kayaking, Canoeing and SUP'ing (Stand Up Paddle boarding).
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more


    star rating  My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had... read more

    Becca H

    star rating  Frances and Active England Tours are fantastic! We booked a 3 day walking tour through the Cotswolds and it far exceeded what we expected; beautiful walks, lovely destinations, excellent accommodations,... read more

  • star rating  I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside. Our tour guide was fantastic! Each destination was lovely with the perfect amount of... read more

    Emily B

    star rating  I traveled with the ACTIVE ENGLAND group fall 2019 on both the Classic Cotswold and the Cornwall/Devon trips. I chose guided hiking but joined self guided guests and... read more


    star rating  My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did Active England provide that, but they also included... read more

  • star rating  We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Peyton M

    star rating  We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Emerson M

    star rating  We can't say enough about our cycling tour with Active England. Even Mother Nature cooperated with glorious weather. Jago, our cycling guide was enthusiastic, entertaining and patient. We rode through... read more

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    Anita W

    star rating  My wife and I truly enjoyed our 8 day walk thru the Cotswolds. We are from the Arizona desert, so to be totally immersed in England’s beautiful rural countryside was... read more


New UK Source to Sea Trips - Closer than you think!

A new adventure awaits – only an a couple of hours from London, Bristol, and the Midlands. We’ll start your holiday straight from the train station, or meet us at the start point by car and you can get going straight away!

Immerse yourself in our wonderful rivers, such an integral part of our countryside and whilst not completely undiscovered, charting the course of the rivers is an adventure that few have attempted. 

So just bring yourself, some active wear and a sense of adventure and we’ll cover everything else.

Hassle Free Multi Activity Adventures

Guided by our outstanding guides, and using all our equipment, we know every bend in the rivers and all access points, every pub, afternoon tea stop, local micro-brewery or gin distillery to suit all tastes along the route! And our support vehicle is always on hand if you want to change clothes or have a rest. You’ll not need to worry about any of your luggage transfers, bookings or equipment as it will all have been taken care of for you.

Top things you need to know before starting your Source to Sea Adventure

What is a Source to Sea Holiday?

A Source to Sea Adventure is a new type of holiday, charting the course of some of our wonderful rivers -bringing a focus for the adventurous, with multi-activity days allowing guests to try water sports, cycling and more as well as getting to know a group of like minded people round the fire-pit in the evening. There is scope for experienced paddlers and cyclists to push themselves, while beginners can get a taste of new sports, from hill walking in the high ground, to SUP’ing on the estuaries, or coasteering the cliffs. Our guides look after all the details, allowing you to push yourself – or simply relax – and take in life in the great outdoors.


What is the best way to get to the start of the Adventures?

The best way out to our adventures is either by train, on the trainline which starts at London Paddington, either through Bristol or down to the South West to Exeter or by car where we can advise on parking nearby. We’ll advise on the best times to travel to avoid any rush hour traffic and if pre-tour accommodation is a good idea.   

Should I arrive ready to get stuck in?

Yes! We’ll get straight to the activities once you arrive, so please arrive ready to go! We’ll send out a kit list in advance so you’ll know exactly what to bring with you, both clothes and any personal equipment such as wetsuits or tow floats. Evenings are really relaxed and their is no need for any smart clothes!

What do I need to bring on my adventure holiday, do you have a kit list?

For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour. We provide all the equipment so you won’t need to bring anything other than enthusiasm, some trainers you are willing to get a bit wet, some normal swimming kit, comfortable walking and cycling clothes and we’ll do the rest!

Can I join as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join, these trips are a great way to meet social, likeminded people, active and looking for a great holiday. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

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