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Open Paddle Weekend

Event Start Date: 05/10/2024

Event End Date: 06/10/2024

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Following the success of last year’s Open Paddle Day, and due to very popular demand… We’re back and better than ever!

New for this year – we’ve allocated a whole weekend where our offer can provide you with the amazing opportunity to explore 428 million years of history in Dudley’s underground limestone caverns and canal tunnels from a paddling perspective.

The trip is approximately 3 quarters of a mile in length and will take around 45 minutes. You will travel through a network of historical tunnels, open basins, and caverns – the offer includes a sound and light show in one of the caverns as well as a blasting demonstration in another.

Looking to extend your day out? Don’t forget to check out of BRAND NEW FOR 2024 bespoke open water maps with various suggested routes to do in your own time!

On site you will be able to use our restaurant (The Gongoozler) for refreshments and meals, and we have picnic tables and benches onsite for picnicking. We have a gift shop full of souvenirs to commemorate your visit, and a small exhibition which provides information about the cavern system you travel through. You can also practice legging in there!

All you need is a raft (paddle board/Kayak/canoe) and a valid PaddleUK Waterways License (see link below for additional information). Please note licenses will be checked on arrival. We do not provide any paddle equipment, only a hard hat.

Please note this event is strictly 13+, all attendees MUST hold a Waterways License. 


Just £8.00 per person.



Included in your ticket price is:

  • Entry for ONE individual (please note ticketing is per person and not per craft)
  • A free instant tea or coffee
  • Provision of a hard hat during the experience
  • A free return voucher to come and do one of our 45 minute Dudley Underground Experience boat trips (valid for 6 months)
  • NEW open water map with suggested self-guided routes

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