FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How do I get back to my car?
Our canoe hire trips take you down river from Bridgnorth to either Hampton Loade or Arley which means you will be ending your journey at a different location to the one you start at. So how do you get back to your car?
There are a few options available. Many choose to leave a car at each point. For those without two cars, there is the option of a taxi (which costs around £20-30 depending on your route). We recommend calling ahead. If you're doing one of our 5 mile routes (Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade or Hampton Loade to Arley) you may wish to walk back along the riverside footpath.
When the Severn Valley Railway opens again, we can include train tickets in our canoe hire packages. We are currently liaising with them about their plans to re-open.
2. How old do children need to be for canoe hire?
We get a lot of requests for children under the age of 7 to go on our canoes and we think it's brilliant that so many people want to get their young kids on adventures. Unfortunately for insurance/safety reasons we can only hire canoes on the River Severn to children age 7+.
On the Kinver Canal children can kayak from age 5+ with their parents.
On the River Severn children under the age of 14 require an adult per child to be on the canoe trip.
3. what do we need to wear & take with us on the canoe trip?
We'll send you a kit list on confirmation of booking with a few handy tips. We recommend light clothing so you're comfortable and wet shoes if you have some (if not trainers are fine). Your canoe will have a barrel in it so you can take a few extra items of clothing (waterproof/jumper) along so you are prepared for the weather, along with sunglasses and suncream (let's be optimistic here!). Bring a picnic as there's some nice spots to stop and relax along the way and also your phone/camera as you'll want to take some photos to remember the journey. We recommend that on the River Severn, you bring some spare clothes and store them in your barrel when the weather is cold. On the canal, wear lightweight trousers and bring a spare pair to change into if going to the pub afterwards.
4. do we need to have been canoeing before?
The good news is that, no, you don't have to have been on a canoe before. Many of the people who hire a canoe haven't and this is absolutely fine. All we ask is that you are confident in the water. Monty, the owner of River Severn Canoes (or Ted who is very experienced & qualified), will be there to meet you on the day and will show you paddling techniques and help you get on the water. He'll provide safety information and useful info about the river. We're sure that once you've been out on the river, you'll want to come back again and again. It's beautiful out there!
5. do you provide buoyancy aids?
Yes, your safety is of top priority to us and all buoyancy aids are included in the canoe hire package.
6. what's included?
Included in your canoe hire package is your canoes (2 & 3 seater Canadian canoes) buoyancy aids, a barrel for your belongings, paddles, canoe drop off & collection, river talk & safety briefing.
7. can dogs go on the canoes?
Yes, we love dogs and are more than happy for your dog to come along on the River Severn if you think he/she will be happy on a canoe (which most are!) Our Kinver Canal trips aren't suitable for dogs as the sit on top kayaks aren't big enough for 2 people and a dog.
8. where can we stop for lunch?
You can either enjoy a lovely picnic on one of the beach areas along the way or stop at a pub. Click here to find out more.
9. what availability do you have?
Our availability can be found on our handy online booking system which guides you through all the options and when you've found the date/time/route that you want you can book and pay online, making it really easy to hire a canoe.