Boat Hire

Messing about on the river …

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

Whether you want a work out or time out, there are over 12 miles of flat river to explore at your own leisure. Make a day of it by enjoying a breakfast, lunch or cheeky cocktail & lunch after at Lime Wharf Cafe. Perfect for families & groups.

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

**OFFER** 2h paddle & main course breakfast or lunch £35
M-F term-time only. Quote “Messing about on the river” to qualify!

ROWING BOAT

Stable. Stay Dry.

4 Available
KAYAK

Fast & Fun.

14 Available
TANDEM KAYAK

Spacious.Teamwork.

8 Available
SUP

Great Fun. May Fall In!

12 Available
Canadian Canoe

Pack a Picnic

4 Available
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Rowing Boats

Number Available: 4
Max People: 4 Sorry but we can’t allow 5 people even if kids are tiny!
Suitability: All ages. Some experience an advantage
Dogs? Allowed

BEST FOR: Keeping dry, ample space for picnics, least wobbly vessel! 
BEWARE: Can be hard work & slow – if you are not an experienced rower, you will probably find kayaking easier

£20 First hour / £15 per subsequent hours
 
single kayak - Bodiam Boating Station

Single Kayak

Number Available: 14 
Max People: 1 OR 1 + child <1.25m
Max capacity 17st (108kg)
Suitability: All ages. No experience needed.
Children can usually handle their own kayak at 7/8yrs. Younger kids can sit between the paddler’s legs; a great way to get toddlers on the river
Dogs? Small one only
BEST FOR: Stability & speed in water. Beginners
BEWARE: Likely to get a soggy bottom; bring spare shorts

£15 First Hour / £12 per subsequent hours
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Tandem Kayak

Number Available: 8 
Max people: 2 OR 2 + child <1.25m
Max capacity 33.5st (213kg). 
Suitability: Much larger than the single kayaks; there are 3 seats. All ages. 
Dogs? Allowed

BEST FOR: Very sturdy – difficult to tip over. More spacious than single kayaks. 
BEWARE: Teamwork essential here or you’ll end up turning in circles & bouncing off the banks!

£20 First Hour / £15 per subsequent hours .
3 in a boat 1220 x 695

Canadian Canoe

Number Available: 4
Max people: 2 + child <1.25m
Max capacity 35st (220kg)
Suitability: Experienced adults & older kids. Dogs allowed, but can flip canoes!
BEST FOR: Staying dry, long distance & carrying  provisions
BEWARE: Avoid if nervous as can be wobbly; easy to flip!

£20 First hour / £15 per subsequent hours
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Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP)

Number Available: 12
Max people: 1 OR 1+ small child 
Max capacity 18st (120kg)
Suitability: Beginners from around 7yrs to adult for solo paddling. Sorry, no dogs!
BEST FOR: The view, fun, your abs & your balance!
BEWARE: Might be hard to keep up with friends in kayaks

£15 First hour £12 per subsequent hours
arial view of river

Terms of Hire

  • 24h notice required for changes to booking to avoid charges
  • Please arrive 20 mins prior to your booking
  • Buoyancy aids compulsory for EVERYONE
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Return your boat(s) at the agreed time to avoid charges & delaying others

DISTANCES FROM OUR JETTY IN NORTHIAM TO:

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 boats)

PADDLING TO BODIAM CASTLE:

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; once you leave the jetty you are responsible for our equipment.

LAUNCHING YOUR OWN KAYAK OR SUP

You are welcome to launch from our jetty during quiet times for £5 per kayak/SUP (sorry nothing bigger allowed).  However, we prioritise customers hiring our equipment and at busy times we cannot always allow you access (unless you are camping with us); we simply do not have enough space in the car park and jetty areas. Please call us before leaving home; IF we can accommodate you then we will, but sadly this isn’t always possible.

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

At the weekends please use the alternative car park down Lossenham Lane, Newenden, which has access to the river or the small carpark by the village hall.

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

The jetty is strictly out of bounds when we are closed

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. Our smallest aid is safe for babies over 10kg.
* 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