Hire available all week 1 Hour
From £17

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.

Available March - October. Out and back trip, so you can go as far or as little as you like. Perfect for adults and families who want to enjoy paddling on a quiet meandering section of the river.
Choose from canoes, kayaks and paddleboards when booking
When booking, choose between the following time slots - 11:00, 12:15 pm, 13:30 or 14:45
  • Craft
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Dry Bag
  • River Bank Instruction
  • Basic Map
Grade 0: This means it is a flat paddle and should be within most people’s abilities.

Route Description

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.

At Kempston Outdoor Centre, you set off from a slipway alongside a riverside path that goes all the way into Bedford. You are free to paddle and explore up or downstream. In the Summer, the water is shallow at points 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). You will be paddling through the beautiful countryside and towards Bedford is a series of small islands where you can pass either side. On the right-hand side is more parkland adjacent to the river.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I select a date to book?
We run many activities throughout the season (April to October). If a date is unavailable then unfortunately it is fully booked.
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?
There are no guides or instructors needed for hire. This is simply a hire where you paddle out and back to our 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 does the booking process 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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