Kempston Half Day Hire

You start at Kempston and paddle downstream through picturesque river meadows with lots of wildlife to see. Ideal for those who wish to paddle a quiet section and at an ideal time of day to spot wildlife. 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: Picturesque route.
Timings: Start at 09:30 am and finish at 11:30 am
Location: Kempston Mill (launch point less than 5 min walk along the riverside path)

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!
We have a range of canoes, kayaks, or SUPs available for hire on this route. There is a riverside path that follows all the way into Bedford. The water is shallow and faster at the mill with gravel beds and thick reed beds full of wildlife. This is a great place to spot a Kingfisher (listen out for a ‘peep’ noise, followed by a blur of electric blue as it flies on ahead of you). For the next 3 km, you will be paddling through more beautiful countryside and will pass through a series of small islands where you can pass either side.
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.
If you are not sure of what craft to book, then read our guide: The difference between a kayak and a canoe.

What's Included

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

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