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Important Information / Updates

New for 2022 Thursday Evening Paddle Session 5pm to 7pm.
For more information click here

We are open for rowboat, kayak, canoe and electric boat hire 10.30am to 5pm (Last hire at 4pm)

Please note that the car park is reserved for narrowboat hirers, there is parking nearby in Colt Hill Wharf car park

We do not take bookings for Rowboats, Canoes or Kayaks, just turn up and hire (subject to availability).

Please continue to allow distance when queuing and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

From April until the end of August we are open for rowboat, kayak and canoe hire, 6 days a week 10.30am until 5pm (Closed on Wednesdays) .

We can only hire to groups where at least 1 person is aged 16 or older.

During September and October we are open 6 days a week 10.30am until 4pm (Closed on Wednesdays). Please call or email to check if you are not sure. Please note we do not hire out boats in extreme weather or stormy conditions.

The minimum hire is 1 hour. If you are coming at the end of the day, make sure you turn up at least 1 hour before closing time. If there are boats available just less than 1 hour before closing, we may be able to offer a half hour hire. On busy days if boats are queued up we may not have availability, so the earlier you turn up the more chance you will have.

If you just fancy 'messing about on the water' you can hire a rowboat, kayak or canoe by the hour. On your return you can reward yourself with an ice cream or refreshing cold drink from our on-site kiosk.

Artisan coffee and paninis are available from our on-site horsebox, Hettie.

Our kayaks are sit-on kayaks. These kayaks are more stable and easier to paddle. Why not give them a try!

Conditions of Hire:

We are unable to hire to children under 16 years of age unless accompanied by an adult
Hirers are responsible for all loss or damage to the boat or its accessories whilst in their charge
Hirers must stay with the boat at all times. Alcohol or drugs are not permitted on boats.
Boats may be hired for a minimum of 1 hour. Rowboats are limited to 2 hours hire at weekends
and Bank Holidays. All boats must be returned to Galleon Marine. Boats that are returned late
are charged at the stated rate to the next 30 minutes. No Fishing is allowed from boats.
The Canal: The manner in which the boats are used is outside our control, but please exercise
care as the Canal is about 1.3 meters deep. Swimming in the canal is not recommended for
health reasons. Keep Clear of the John Pinkerton boat & mud barges

Slipway for boats:

If you want to slip your own boat into the canal we make a charge £5 for kayaks, canoes and rowboats and £10 for motor boats. It is not possible to leave your trailer or car with us so you will need to make arrangements to park it somewhere else. You will need to complete your day trip within our opening hours 10.30am to 5pm (4pm September to October). You will need a license to use your own boat on the canal and will need to show it to us before 'slipping in'.

Prices (Minimum Hire is 1 Hour):

  • Rowboats: £16/hr
    (Maximum hire time on rowboats is 2 hours on weekends and bank holidays)

  • Single Kayaks: £10/hr

  • Canoes: £15/hr (2 & 3 Person)

  • Canoe: £16/hr (4 Person)

  • Double Kayaks: £15/hr

  • Stand Up Paddle board: £12/hr - We only have 2 of these

Lifejackets are available free of charge.

If you know someone who enjoys the water, why not give them the gift of boating. Our vouchers can be used for any type of boating; kayaking, rowing, canoeing and narrowboat day hire or holiday hire.


    Dogs are very welcome on rowboats!