About Canoe Trail

We are a multi-award-winning, family-run business running Kempston Outdoor Centre and offering kayak, SUP and canoe hire on the picturesque River Great Ouse from Kempston to Bedford Embankment, Great Barford and beyond to sleepy rural villages

We have a beautiful riverside woodland for paddle and camping trips and also run Kempston Outdoor Centre with a high ropes course, range activities and indoor climbing and bouldering wall. We offer a whole host of land-based activities for corporate groups through to stag, hen parties, and youth adventure schools.

We also run a wide range of training courses and NGB qualifications for canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Experience the same sense of adventure further afield in the UK and overseas with our canoe trips to Canada

Most Popular Trips

Kempston Hire
From £17
Hire available all week 1 Hour

You start at Kempston and paddle downstream through picturesque river meadows with lots of...

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Kempston Hire
From £27
Hire available all week 2 Hours

Micro-Adventure With Our Canoe & Woodland Camp

Why Choose Canoe Trail?


Multi award-winning, family-run company that cares about customers and doing the right thing.


Guarantee a good time while staying safe in the outdoors.


We work hard to offer the best prices and arrangements.


Offering customers a friendly and relaxed environment to have fun.

Latest News & Articles

Feb 18, 2023

Canoe Trail Back Running the Watersports at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

Canoe Trail Back Running the Watersports at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2023

Back for another year at one of our all time favourite shows of the calendar running the watersports pool and the new Forest Camp feature with live cooking and bushcraft talks and demos. We have ticket discounts on offer with codes for the show. (see bottom of article)

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Feb 01, 2023

Canoe Trail’s Competition The Great Outdoors Giveaway 2023

Canoe Trail’s Competition The 'Great Outdoors' Giveaway 2023

Jun 27, 2022

Canoe Trail Sponsors The Bushcraft Show


Canoe Trail are delighted to announce their role as a major sponsor and partner of the Bushcraft Show run by the Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine.

May 21, 2022

Wild Camping 101 - Top tips for Camping

Wild Camping 101 - Top tips for Camping

Wild camping, camping al fresco, or simply escaping the rat race to enjoy our rivers and blue spaces for a few nights camping, is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Ash and Rich of Canoe Trail have covered over 12,000 miles of expedition trails between them around the UK, and further afield with many nights out camping. Here’s their beginner's guide to making the most of your camping staycation…

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