Boat Hire

Boat Hire Page

Messing about on the river ...

Enjoy a paddle in a rowing boat, kayak, canoe, or SUP board

Have your own kayak or SUP? Scroll down for self launch info BEFORE visiting



You are welcome to launch from our jetty during quiet times for £5 per vessel.

However, we prioritise customers hiring our equipment and at busy times we cannot always allow you to launch your own (unless you are camping with us); we simply do not have enough space in the car park and jetty area. Please call us before leaving home; IF we can accommodate you then we will, but we may also say no or suggest a good time to come when we are likely to have space in the car park, jetty and bank areas.

Please respect this rule & do not turn up without calling first as you will be turned away

At the weekends please use the alternative car park down Lossenham Lane, Newenden, which has access to the river.

We strongly recommend wearing a buoyancy aid; available to hire for £2.50

The jetty is strictly out of bounds when we are closed.

Additional Services

Ladies Kayaking Club guided by Vanessa at 10-11am every Friday morning in term-time.
Please note that whilst Vanessa has picked up lots of tips from our instructor, she is not one herself; this is more about enjoying a paddle whether you want to get fit or chill at the back of the pack!
Term time only £10 per session
Max 10 people. to book.


The river is locked at Scott's Sluice in Iden (just outside Rye) and therefore has no current as such. However, windy conditions can make rowing tough. Depending on the weather and your ability, it will take 1h 30 mins - 2h 30mins to row to the castle & about half an hour less in a kayak. You will need to rent the boats for at least 4 hours plus any time you intend to spend at the castle. We request that you keep your paddles with you if visiting the castle & remember that once you leave the jetty you are responsible for our equipment.


BODIAM CASTLE: Upstream 3.61m
HALF WAY TREE: Upstream 1.75m
IRON BRIDGE: Downstream 1.03m (1st bridge)
WITTERSHAM BRIDGE: Downstream 6.1m ((2nd bridge)
MILITARY ROAD: Downstream 7.7m (4th bridge & furthest point for kayaks)

Important Information

* Please note that the maximum number of people stated is irrelevant of weight.
* Do not underestimate the danger of water. If you are unfit, unused to physical activity or are unwell, do not go out on the river.
* Buoyancy aids, for those hiring our equipment, are available FOC & compulsory for EVERYONE.
* Children <18yrs can paddle their own vessel ONLY IF there is an adult paddling alongside them. We do not allow under 18s to go out alone, even if an adult is walking along the river bank. Please respect this rule; we are simply looking out for the safety of your children.
* Please arrive 15 mins prior to your booking & make sure you return your boat(s) at the agreed time to avoid charges & delaying others.
* Please be respectful of fisherman on the banks & pass on the opposite side of the river as quickly & quietly as possible.
* You won't need specialist clothing, but these tips might help: Gym clothes & layers; cycling or neoprene gloves; non-slip shoes. Most boats have space for extra clothing/food.
* We recommend putting valuables in a waterproof case – for sale at reception


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