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Bedford Full Day Hire

This is the perfect river trip for those who want to spend the day exploring some of the River Ouse. The starting and finishing point is at Bedford Embankment. Choose from kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards.
Bedford Full Day River Trip
Summary: Out and back trip, so you can go as far or as little as you like.
Highlights: Pack a picnic and even some swimming togs to make the most out of your day on the river.
Timings: Start 9:30 am and finish at 15:00
Location: Bedford Embankment. We only operate from Bedford at the weekends. For midweek bookings view our Kempston routes.

You can set a leisurely pace, all you have to do is be back by a certain time, you can paddle as much or as little as you like in the time given. With the flexibility that this trip brings, you can pull over almost anywhere along the riverbank for a picnic game or even a swim to make the most of your day.
This river trip is fantastic for a manageable river journey, at a leisurely pace. It starts on Bedford’s Victorian Embankment at a local café before heading off to explore Bedfordshire’s rural countryside by canoe or kayak or SUP. The river banks are teeming with wildlife with birds of prey, herons, the occasional grass snake, and flitting electric blue kingfishers.
You can choose between 2 sections of the river to paddle, either heading upstream to Kempston Mill or downstream to Cardington Lock, where there is just 1 portage point, where you can enjoy a picnic on the edge of the country park, before setting off again.
Dogs are always welcome - if you have a particularly large K9 friend, please give us a call and we can provide you with a wider boat to give you all the best chance of staying dry!

What's Included?

Craft  ✔ Buoyancy Aid  ✔ Dry Bag  ✔ Basic Map  ✔ River Bank Instruction  ✔

Common Questions

What's the difference between a kayak and a canoe? If you're not sure of what each craft is, then read our guide here.

Are the trips guided? You do not get a guide. The trips are essentially general hire with you paddling out and back from the launch point. We recommend our preferred route, however, you are free-range and able to explore the river.

What if it rains? Unless you hear from us then your booking will run on the day agreed. Canoe Trail runs watersports, paddling, and adventurous activities throughout the year with people enjoying the river and our woodland campsite during the different seasons. On rare occasions (it only happens a couple of times a year) we may move or change your booking. This will be in freak weather conditions such as extremely high river flows in spate or during heavy storms with lightning. You can read our full FAQ here.

How do bookings work? We use a live booking system that will assign you the relevant craft and resources. Once you have confirmed your booking date, it is not then transferable and non-refundable in the same way you book an airline seat. Bookings are to be paid in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. There will be no refunds for early returns, poor weather, or non-usage as per our general terms & conditions.

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