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.

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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