Kempston Full Day Hire

You start at Kempston and paddle downstream through picturesque river meadows with lots of wildlife to see. The gentle flow will take you towards Bedford town centre with its tree-lined Victorian embankment and promenade. Choose from kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.

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Flexi Booking means that if there are local lockdowns or travel restrictions imposed in your area or a national lockdown that will impact your chosen booking dates, we will move your booking accordingly. Please note that in line with our normal policy, bookings are valid for 24 months from the dates of the booking, so you can rest assured that we will move your booking to suit you.
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Father and Son in Canoe
Summary: This is an out-and-back route perfect for adults and fit families who want to enjoy paddling on a quiet meandering section of the river.
Highlight: Ideal for seeing the countryside and a lovely paddle.
Timings: Start time 09:30 am.
Location: Kempston (launch point less than 5 min walk along the riverside path)
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Whether you are looking for a leisurely lily dip or more of a workout, this trip can be whatever you make it, as you are free-range!
You start at Kempston and paddle downstream through picturesque river meadows with lots of wildlife to see. The river will take you towards Bedford town centre with its tree-lined Victorian embankment and promenade. You pass under several historic bridges.
We provide a simple and easy-to-read map and a waterproof dry bag for your belongings.
 

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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