Hourly Kayak & SUP Hire

Explore Symonds Yat by kayak or SUP for an hour or two (or longer if you wish). This beautiful location is a small hamlet in the heart of the Wye Valley with fantastic places to eat, great woodland walks and stunning scenery.

After some brief tuition you can paddle off and explore the sights of Symonds Yat from the beautiful river wye.

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Additional Information


Item for Hire Price per Hour
Single sit on top Kayak

  • Experience required
  • Minimum of 16 years old (accompanied by an 18+)
  • Must be part of a group of 2 or more people
per boat
Single Kayak

  • Professional training required
  • Minimum of 16 years old (accompanied by an 18+)
  • Must be part of a group of 2 or more people
per boat
Double Kayak

  • Experience required
per boat
Stand Up Paddleboard

  • Experience required
per board


Hourly Hire

  • Hourly hire is available daily from 09:30.
  • The last boat or paddleboard goes out for 1 hour at 15:30
  • The hourly hire is available from April to October, weather and river level dependant
  • Most visitors head off for 1 to 3 hours, but you can go for as long as you please (last kayak or paddleboard must return by 16:30)
  • Kayaks and paddleboards are available to hire on a first come, first served basis.



How to Book

  • Our hourly hire is operated on a first come first served basis
  • Turn up, choose how many hours you wish to canoe for and go exploring in this beautiful area
  • This is bookable on the day only
  • By hiring with us you agree to our Terms & Conditions
  • Please note, on hot sunny days (especially weekends) there maybe a wait
  • We work hard to try and get you out as soon as we safely can

Useful Information

What to Bring With You

  • A recognised Photo ID is required to be left with us for the entirety of the hire from 1 person partaking in the activity.  Valid Passport, Driving Licence or Government ID Only.
  • No ID means you will not be able to hire sorry.
  • Wear clothes suitable to the conditions on the day and you are happy to get wet in (just in case). Make sure there is nothing around your neck and bring a spare change of clothes to leave in the car.
  • Leave your valuables and tech at home (switch off and enjoy nature)
  • Anything you do take is at your own risk.
  • You can leave your car key along with your Photo ID upon check-in if you wish.



What if we have never been kayaking or paddleboarding before?

Hourly hire is great for beginners and experienced alike.

We give every participant a safety brief which goes through:

  • How to paddle
  • Things to look out for (minor hazards on the way down)
  • What to do if you accidentally capsize (should not happen if you listen to the points above)
  • Emergency contact details

Where do we park?

There is a large Pay & Display car park right next to our centre.

On sunny days please leave plenty of time to find a space and purchase a ticket before your arrival time.

What is the youngest age someone can go canoeing?

Our minimum age is 4 years old. All children under 12 must be accompanied by a minimum of 2 fit and healthy adults.

Do we need to pre-book?

Our hourly hire is operated on a first come first served basis. It is normally busy around lunchtime, so for a quieter time please come in the morning.

Is there a maximum weight?

The maximum weight of a person must not exceed 17 stone or 110kg, with a maximum weight of 34 stone or 230kg in a canoe including clothing and any gear.

What should we wear?

Please wear clothes appropriate to the conditions. Whilst the chances of you getting wet are slim, it may happen. Bring a change of clothes just in case. Footwear must be worn at all times. No flip flops, ‘Crocs’ or Wellington boots.

Can pregnant people participate?

Sorry, we cannot allow anyone who is pregnant to participate in any of our activities.