Even the most pessimistic and unenthusiastic Brit would have been pleasantly surprised and moved by the success of last summer’s Olympics. Yet a year later discussions about the Olympic legacy abound. However, there’s one facility that is very much earning its keep. If you’re looking for a London rafting or canoeing experience, then the Lee Valley rafting centre is the perfect place to go.
It was only a year ago that Britain won gold and silver in the canoe slalom, and now you too can have the chance to try out the runs that made British sporting history. The Lee Valley rafting centre is a world-class venue that offers state of the art facilities for anyone wanting to experience a London rafting adventure.
Why go white water rafting?
White water rafting is a great group experience that offers thrills (and occasional spills) on an exhilarating downhill course at Lee Valley.
Rafting is great fun for anyone over the age of fourteen (under eighteens also need parental permission), and with a maximum of nine people in a raft it makes a great day out for friends, family and work outings. All the equipment is provided, all you have to do is bring your swimmers and a towel.
You’ll be given a full safety briefing from the expert instructors and receive full instruction in the necessary verbal commands. Although it might not look it, white water rafting is actually a very safe activity.
How much does rafting cost?
As of April 2013, a day’s rafting will cost you around £49 per person during off peak times and £55 during peak times. Peak times are weekends and bank holidays from May to September.
You can also charter a boat for £392 off peak and £44o during peak times. Included in the cost is the use of all equipment and tuition. There are also special Wet and Wild and Fast and Furious charter rates.
How to get to the Lee Valley rafting centre
The Lee Valley rafting centre is located just 40 minutes from London, in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. If you live in the city that means a London rafting experience is right on the doorstep.
If you’re coming from further afield, you might like to combine your trip with a night or two in the city. London is an easy city to get around but it can be time consuming so use things like the Hostelbookers ‘map view’ function to find accommodation near decent connections, for your trip to the rafting centre and any other activities you have planned.
The Olympics may have come and gone but we should be determined not to let the increased interest in all sports wane. With world class facilities in our country, we should make use of them. Who knows, you might just discover the next gold medal winner in the family. At the very least, a London rafting adventure will be a lot of fun.