The Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre is managed by Active Nation on behalf of Southampton City Council and was the first Centre of its type to open in the country forty five years ago. The Centre operates at the head of the tidal river Itchen from a converted mill surrounded by parkland on the outskirts of Southampton and is conveniently located just one mile south of the M27.
The Newly Built Stoneham Lodge was built in the Woodmill grounds in 2006. It was awarded by national lottery funding and is run on wind and solar energy power. It has a classroom for environmental studies and changing room facilities. Woodmill has a secluded camping area which is available for group use, giving access to the Stoneham Changing area and other camping facilities.
Woodmill is a specialist canoeing centre approved by the British Canoe Union with a large and exceptionally diverse fleet of canoes and kayaks. The Centre offers a wide range of canoe/kayak courses ensuring that a suitable choice is available for all ages and levels of ability.
The waters around Woodmill together with the Centre's lake provide superb conditions for those taking the courses. More advanced courses use the floodlit tidal weirs which offer some 150 metres of moving water.
The Centre offers team/confidence building courses in orienteering, outdoor wall climbing, tunnelling, trapeze, low & high ropes, bushcraft, archery plus much more.
Some school groups come to the centre for day visits and use the classrooms and facilities available for their activities. Most school groups that come to the centre base their work on areas of the curriculum linked to the environment, geography and science.
Uniquely Woodmill also has daytime and nightime Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the internationally renowned Woodmill Salmon Pool.
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Woodmill Canoe Shop is managed by Southampton City Council and was the first of its type to open in the country forty five years ago. The Centre operates at the head of the tidal River Itchen from a converted mill surrounded by parkland on the outskirts of Southampton.
The shop staff are experienced paddlers who are able to offer friendly and expert advice. They can also provide a demonstration from a large fleet of demo boats on local waters.
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