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How do I book?
You can either use the online booking system or you can contact us by email at Info@HireaCanoe.com or call 07397 005 355. When you book we will ask you for a minimum of a 50% deposit to secure your booking. If you have a large booking of more than 16 people please call or email to book as our online system will not accept bookings over this number. Please be aware that our online booking system charges a small booking fee.
How do I pay?
We accept credit / debit card over the phone and through our online booking system (normal fees apply)
BACs payment - Acc No - 12199769 / Sortcode - 40 32 01 / Ref: surnamedateofbooking
What does Hire a Canoe provide?
A canadian canoe suitable for 2 or 3 people, a paddle per person, buoyancy aid and a 10Litre drybag
What do i wear?
We recommend you wear some form of quick dry clothing such as walking trousers or tracksuits. Jeans are not ideal as they take along time to dry, become very cold when wet and also become very heavy when wet.
Its always a good idea to bring a spare change of clothes for your journey home. Wear sensible trainers or boots for grip in potentially slippy mud that you are happy to get wet, please no crocs or flipflops.
What do i bring?
You will need a fully charged mobile phone for emergencies and a way of keeping it dry. Bring drinking water, snacks and suncream
Will i capsize?
The canoes we have for hire are extremely stable and are fitted with additonal flotation blocs for safety. Whilst capsizing is very unlikely it is always possible so please ensure all of your group are water confident.
What facilities are available onsite?
Bewdley rowing club offers toilets and a bar (when open). Please note, we do not have changing rooms.
Do i need to bring food or book the pub for lunch?
Thats up to you, there are many beaches (at summer water levels) you can stop on for a picnic, if you would prefer a pub lunch there is a few options available...
The Harbour Inn - Arley - 01299 403348
Arley riverside tea room - 01299 861945
Can i bring alcohol?
In short, No. Watersports and alcohol do not mix.
Where can we park?
We have free parking available on site at the Bewdley Rowing club for the duration of your trip, please be aware that we have a coded barrier across the road that you will need to be let through upon arrival. Alternatively you can park at the pay and display Dog Lane car park where you can leave your vehicle after your trip to explore Bewdley.
Where do we meet?
We meet you in the carpark of the Bewdley Rowing Club (Riverside N, Bewdley DY12 1AB) by the "Hire a Canoe" branded minibus.
How do we get from Bewdley to the launch point?
We offer free minibus transport up river and then you canoe back to where your car is parked.
Can i bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are welcome in the minibus (on the floor) and in our canoes. Please be aware that we do not currently offer buoyancy aids for dogs.
What is the minimum age?
7 years old in a canoe, 5 years old in a rafted canoe.
Please be aware that children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by at least one adult per child and children under 18 must have at least 1 adult per 2 children.
Do you take large bookings?
Our standard Bewdley fleet is 16 canoes meaning we can take up to 48 people, Our minibus has 16 seats.
Do you do steam train returns?
If you would like to canoe one way and get the steam train back we can offer this but you must book your own train tickets and meet us at the launch points od either Arley or Bridgnorth rather than at Bewdley. Steam train returns are not possible from Hampton loade.
What happens if its raining?
We operate until conditions become unsafe. Your safety is our priority and if our qualified team decide conditions are unsafe for hire we will not allow you on the water.
We operate a 48 hour cancellation policy meaning that if you cancel within 48 hours of your booked slot you will not be entitled to a refund or re shedule.
If the river is unsafe or unsuitable for hire we reserve the right to cancel your booking for your safety, in this situation you will be offered a voucher equal the value of your booking to rebook with us again.