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ENJOY A PADDLE?

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

 
 

SELF LAUNCH OF YOUR OWN KAYAK OR SUP

You can launch from our jetty for £5 per vessel. However, increased popularity of people bringing their own kit & leaving cars in our small carpark for long hours, has meant that customers who’ve booked the restaurant or our boats are unable to park on arrival. We have over 40 boats, generally going out every hour & have safety concerns with so many additional people using the same space.

Therefore, unless you are camping with us, the jetty is now closed to self launching at weekends & during school holidays, even if you are with others who are hiring equipment.
We’re sorry as we’d love to be able to give everyone access to the river & we really value your custom, but we’ve literally run out of space!

Thank you for your understanding

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.
info@bodiamboatingstation.co.uk to book.

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 & remember that once you leave the jetty you are responsible for our equipment.

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 kayaks)

Important Information

* Please note that the maximum number of people stated is irrelevant of weight.
* Buoyancy aids are available FOC & are compulsory for EVERYONE under 18yrs.
* 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 – sold in our shop

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