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Canoe & Kayak Hire

If you fancy a relaxing time on the lake or river, but don’t have you own Canoe or Kayak…don’t worry you can hire one at Woodmill.

What is it?               

We have a great range of equipment available for hire, which means you can enjoy the Woodmill boating lake or the most picturesque stretch of the river Itchen. Our fleet includes sit-on-tops, tandems, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards, which you can take out per hour or longer if you wish.

The Woodmill lake is a great secluded spot to escape the city and paddle on the weekends. Or you can follow the slowly meandering river by the charming setting of Riverside Park, which is perfect for a family picnic or an afternoon trip to the White Swan pub. For those seeking a little more of a challenge you can head down river on the tidal estuary to Cobden Bridge or even as far as the Southampton Water Activities Centre. It’s just worthwhile checking if the tides coming in or going out.

If you’re new to paddling and need a little guidance, don’t worry – you can book onto a Learn to Paddle course or even a one to one coaching session.

When is it?

Boating lake: weekends 09:00 – 17:00

River Itchen: Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 17:00

Last hire to leave Woodmill at 15:30 daily.

Proof of competence is required for overnight hire.

Who is it for?

Anyone looking for a relaxing day out with friends or family.

How much is it?

Kayak / Canoe 1 Hour Hire 2 Hour Hire 4 Hour Hire 1 Day Hire
Single Seater £12.00 £20.00 £30.00 £40.00
Double Seater £17.00 £25.00 £35.00 £45.00

Annual passAdditional charges: £3 wetsuit

With an annual pass, you will benefit from:

  • *Unlimited boat hire
  • Free access to weekly Paddlesport clinics
  • Free or reduced price access to trips, events, pool sessions and adventure days out
  • Discounted courses and one to one coaching


Membership Description Monthly DD Annual Payment
Youth Paddle *Free hire under adult supervision. 2 youth canoe club sessions a week. Access to weekly social paddle. £19.90 £199.90
Adult Paddle *Free hire 7 days a week. Access to weekly social paddle. Access skill clinics with instructors. £24.90 £249.90

*Kayak Hire through membership is limited to a maximum of 4 hours a day Mon-Fri and a maximum of 2 hours a day Sat-Sun & Bank holiday Mondays.

What next?

Complete the enquiry form, give us a call or drop us an email. We aim to respond within 48 hours.

We’ll ask you to leave a small deposit, set you up with your equipment then make sure you are happy before you take to the water.

Bring warm, comfortable clothing (avoid jeans), shoes you could get wet in (avoid flip flops), money for an ice cream or coffee, a hat, sun screen and a towel.

Programme Benefits

  • Enjoy your time on the water without having to buy or store your own Canoe or Kayak.

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