Canoe & Kayak Hire

Pre-booking is essential.

Please call us direct if you have any questions before booking.

Short Course Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire

8½ miles

Start times 10.30am and 11.30am

Our canoe hire and sit-on-top kayak hire starts up river.  We provide all the equipment including the free shuttle up to your starting point. The 8½ mile route can be paddled in as little as 2½ hours but we allow you up to 4 hours.  This gives you time to enjoy the beautiful Shropshire countryside and enjoy a picnic break as you float along.

Please park in Ironbridge Central/Station Yard long stay pay and display car park (TF8 7JP) which costs £4 for full day parking where you will meet our staff. After a 10 minute drive to the start point we will fit you with a buoyancy aid, paddle and dry bag and give you a safety briefing.

You will get your feet/ankles wet when launching, so we recommend you wear old trainers you don't mind getting wet or wet suit shoes (and bring a change of footwear if you wish).

We have other customers being transported in our free shuttle so if you are late we will have to leave without you!

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

Shropshire Raft Tours

Full Day Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire

16 miles

Start time 9am

Our full day canoe hire and sit-on-top kayak hire runs from Atcham to Jackfield.  We provide all the equipment including the free shuttle to your starting point at Atcham. You can paddle this in 5½-6 hours but we allow up to 7 hours to paddle the 16 miles back to Jackfield which gives you time to picnic in your boat along the way. Paddle under the world famous iron bridge in the World Heritage Site.

Please park in Ironbridge Central/Station Yard long stay pay and display car park (TF8 7JP) which costs £4 for full day parking where you will meet our staff. After a 15 minute drive to the start point we will fit you with a buoyancy aid, paddle and dry bag and give you a safety briefing.

We have other customers being transported in our free shuttle so if you are late we will have to leave without you!

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

 

Please note that this trip does not run between 20 July and 5 September.

Couples canoe hire
Canoe hire in Ironbridge
Ironbridge Kayak Hire

Prices

Your trip includes:

- Boat hire (canoe or sit-on-top kayak). Please note that you will get your bottom half wet in a sit-on-top kayak so please wear appropriate clothing (shorts, fitness gear, leggings, quick dry trousers) and bring a towel and change of clothes for after the session.

- Paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bag.

- Free shuttle.

We will email you a few days prior to your trip date with all the necessary information you need.  Please ensure you arrive no later than the time stated in the email. Due to other customers requiring travel in our free shuttle, if you arrive late we will have to leave without you with no refund given!

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.​

PLEASE NOTE: As a security deposit for any of our ‘for hire’ services, we require a photo ID for each booking, i.e driving licence or passport.  Our staff member will safely keep this for the duration of the hire period. However, should you fail to bring the required documents on the day we reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund given.

For safety reasons we do not allow anyone to paddle solo. As a result, bookings for single sit-on-top kayaks require two people minimum.

Call us at (01952) 427 150 Email us shropshirerafttours@icloud.com

Bookings can only be made online from 1st April to 30th September.  During our low season (October to March) when our booking system is not visible please call us direct.

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Health and Safety Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

The safety and enjoyment of your trip depend on both river and weather on your chosen trip day. We do not allow any trips to proceed when severe conditions are occurring or expected. Furthermore, heavy rainfall over the days leading up to your trip date affects the river levels, especially rainfall over the Welsh mountains some two days before departure. We will offer you an alternative date if we are unable to run your trip due to circumstances beyond our control.

If you have any questions about your canoes, kayaks, equipment or the River Severn, please do not hesitate to ask.

Furthermore, if your party have any health issues, please discuss this with us first and make us aware of these conditions. As a consequence of certain health issues we may discourage you from taking part in the event. Anyone with a history of epilepsy should also avoid participating in this activity.

Maximum weight per canoe is 35 stone. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed in canoes and children under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult on a one to one basis. The minimum hire age is 18 years old and an adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

It is important to note that participants must have the ability to swim a minimum of 25 metres.  Consequently, an adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.

You cannot fish unless you have the appropriate permit to fish on the stretch of the river your journey takes you on and a National rod license. Please arrive no later than your allocated launch/transport time to allow time to fit your buoyancy aids and paddles and receive your health and safety briefing. Please call us if you are running late, however, if you are late we may have to leave without you, meaning we may have to cancel your trip with no refund given.

You must wear your buoyancy aids at all times whilst you are canoeing or kayaking. If you remove your buoyancy aids whilst off the river please do not use them as seats or throw them on the ground or in the bottom of the boat. Where possible please place them in the dry bag supplied to keep them clean. Buoyancy aids which come back extremely dirty or covered in mud will incur a £10 surcharge cleaning fee each.

When you leave the river take all your belongings, buoyancy aids and paddles as these are your responsibility and we will charge you in full if they are lost or stolen.

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the correct clothing and are fit enough to complete any trip comfortably. We allow up to 4 hours to paddle the 8½ mile route and up to 7 hours to paddle the 16 mile route which gives you time to have a break along the way.  This can be paddled in less time even in low summer levels. With this in mind, if you exceed the time allowed we reserve the right to make a surcharge of £25 per extra hour overrunning the time limit.

Most importantly, please note that you should not consume alcohol prior to your trip. You will not be permitted to hire or participate in the event if you are found under the influence of alcohol or any other substances and we will not provide a refund in the event of cancellation.  Furthermore, you cannot take alcohol on the river and we have the right to confiscate it until you return. If you refuse to relinquish alcohol we will cancel the trip with no refund given.

At certain times, we can provide a river guide to accompany your trip at an extra cost. However, this service is only available by prior arrangement, and not at the time of your arrival.

You can bring your dog. However, under no circumstances are they to be leashed in the canoe. Please also advise us in advance.

There is no safety cover on the river however you can contact us at all times to effect or organise a rescue. Call: 01952 427150. For the most part, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks. However we can also be contacted on WhatsApp on 07497 086936.

What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing, i.e. t-shirts, shorts, leggings and trainers (NOT wellington boots, flip flops or jeans).  Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen as the sun reflecting off the water can increase your chance of heat stroke and sunburn. Furthermore the weather conditions can also change very quickly on your journey so please bring a raincoat. In addition, we also recommend you bring a change of clothes and towel for the end of your trip.

Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar, snack/picnic and sun tan lotion. Especially important is a waterproof mobile phone.

Do not bring: Expensive jewellery, watches, cameras/video cameras if not waterproof as we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any of your effects.

Please do not leave rubbish on the river banks or drop it in the river. Bring it back with you and we will dispose of it.

Before making a booking, please review our full terms and conditions.