Kayaks Tied UpWe provide kayak hire to allow you to paddle and explore stunning locations on the River Great Ouse and a variety of other paddling destinations. 

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Kayak hire is straight forward we provide high-quality kayaks, paddling kit, simple bank based tuition, and a great paddling location. Our kayak rental fleet includes double kayaks, single touring kayaks, and sea kayaks which are perfect for beginners through to more experienced paddlers. We also provide the necessary equipment that you will need for your trip including: 

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Basic map
  • Waterproof Dry Bag
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Simple Bankside Tuition


Kayaks were originally used by the Inuits, native people of the Arctic to hunt and travel. They have a distinct cockpit where the paddler sits. Your legs are generally inside the kayak and your feet positioned on footpegs to help paddle the boat forward.  Kayak paddles are double-ended and have a blade at each end. We have different paddles allowing for left and right-handed people as well as shorter paddles for children and youth paddlers.

We have a range of kayaks including:

    • Touring single kayaks
    • Double sea kayaks
    • Double touring kayaks
    • Single sea kayaks
    • Single river kayaks and playboats (used for courses)

River Journeys

Booking one of our kayaks includes a select river route for ½ day or full-day hire. If you want to try something a little longer and possibly a bit more challenging then you can opt for a multi-day kayak trip camping using our woodland campsite.

½ Day Hire

A large proportion of our kayak hire is based on half-day of paddling on the River Great Ouse. It is slow-moving and offers a perfect mix of stunning rural countryside and Bedford’s Victorian Embankment.

Other circular routes 

There are options for circular routes usually starting in Bedford where paddlers can explore from Bedford’s Victorian Embankment up and downstream on the upper and lower river, starting and finishing from the same place. We usually meet customers at the Butterfly Bridge, next to Russell Park on the embankment.

Kayak Lessons or Qualifications

You can book a course or kayak session with a coach here.

Full Day Hire

There are a number of different options for a full day’s paddling and hire on the River Great Ouse. We can advise you on duration and route depending on what you are looking for, length of time paddling, pace, and of course what you would like to see.