If you’re thinking about going on an adventure or always wanted to get our and explore Southampton by Kayak, then hiring your equipment from Woodmill is the perfect place to start.
We have a great range of equipment available for hire which means you can enjoy the Woodmill boating lake or the picturesque stretch of the River Itchen. Our fleet includes sit-on-tops, tandems, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards which you can hire for an hour or longer!
Our private lake is a beautifully secluded space and the perfect place for a weekend escape from the city. Alternatively you can follow the slowly meandering river through Riverside Park, which is perfect for a family picnic or an afternoon trip to the White Swan pub!
If you’re new to paddling and need a little guidance, don’t worry – you’ll be able to book a guided Paddle To The Pub or Private Tuition – and leave the rest to us!
Boat hire couldn’t be easier. Pay-by-the-hour so you can have complete flexibility with how long you’re on the water. We also have multi-hour discount meaning the more you book, the less you pay!
Your paddle hire will include a boat, paddle and buoyancy aid. However we do recommend you bring the following:
> Clothes for on the water
> Closed to footwear
> Spare set of clothes & shoes for after water activities
Read our Paddle Hire Terms & Conditions here.
No not at all, provided you’re water confident then you can have a go.
When visiting us for boat hire, please use the free parking in Riverside Park. This can be found at: 299 Woodmill Lane, Southampton, SO18 2JR.
Changing rooms are not usually available for boat hire. Lockers are available to leave your small personal affects, such as a mobile phone or wallet. Please note we do not hold responsibility for bags or larger items and we recommend these be left in the car or at home.
Woodmill sits at the head of the tidal estuary on the River Itchen, a beautiful chalk stream river running through the heart of Southampton. There are only around 200 chalk streams globally, and 85% of these are found in the UK. They are a rare and delicate habitat, home to many species of wildlife and fish and the River Itchen won’t disappoint.
You can paddle about two miles upstream to Gaters Mill but the presence of an old lock makes the river impassable beyond that point. Hire is available to The White Swan Pub which is a lovely spot to stop for a drink or lunch. The river is steeped in history and with its gently moving water, this section offers plenty of great wildlife to see on your journey.
Downstream from Woodmill, the tidal river follows Riverside park as the river heads into the heart of urban Southampton. Hire is available downstream to Cobden bridge (or further with experience) although its worth checking the tidal information as getting back to the centre on an outgoing tide is hard work.
Whichever direction you head, the River Itchen is the perfect place to escape the city and experience life from the water.
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You can paddle on our private, secluded lake or head out on the River Itchen down as far as The White Swan Pub. If you have a lot of paddling experience, call us to discuss the possibility of going further.
We prefer for children to be 4 years or older, however this is a hire activity and younger children can attend. We would struggle to fit a lifejacket to any child under 2 years, but our private and secluded lake is the perfect spot to build their sea legs from an early age!
We have a great range of equipment available for hire, which means you can enjoy the Woodmill boating lake or the 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.