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Kempston Bimble - Afternoon Hire

You start at Kempston and paddle downstream through picturesque river meadows with lots of wildlife to see. Choose from kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.
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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: Quiet route.
Timings: Choose between two afternoon start times. 12:00 or 14:00.
Location: Kempston Mill (launch point less than 5 min walk along the riverside path)

This is a lovely route that we are excited to re-launch for the 2021 season. This trip is timed to make the most of the afternoon sunshine and is set on a quiet part of the river. This is the perfect trip for those who have paddled our Bedford routes or those wishing to have a little paddle on this smaller section of the River Great Ouse.  This is an out and back route with this section of the river requiring a little bit of effort to get back to the start point so ideal for adults and fit families.
We provide a simple and easy-to-read map and a waterproof dry bag for your belongings. Highly popular among friends, couples, families, and groups.

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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