CANOES

KAYAKS

HYDROBIKES

PADDLE BOARDS

EXPLORER

CANOES

KAYAKS

HYDROBIKES

PADDLE BOARDS

EXPLORER

CANOES

KAYAKS

HYDROBIKES

PADDLE BOARDS

EXPLORER

Have fun on the water! Canoe and Kayak Hire in Oxfordshire

Why not spend some time out on the water in the idyllic setting of the Oxford Canal in Thrupp, Kidlington, Oxfordshire? Enjoy the scenic routes towards Oxford City Centre or head north towards Shipton or further afield towards Napton and beyond. (If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even get as far as Coventry on the Oxford Canal!)

We can offer a range of craft experiences at Thrupp – canoe, kayak, hydrobike and paddleboard hire. It is a truly fantastic way to spend a day out with friends or family, a birthday, stag or hen celebrations or bond with your work colleagues. We have lots of crafts for hire so large groups are welcome. Whatever the occasion we can create the perfect package to accommodate you. And great news, our buoyancy aids and paddles are provided within your hire charge. For those of you who are confused about which craft is which… you are ON a kayak and IN a canoe!

We are happy for you to bring your children or your pets (or both). We have buoyancy aids for young children (but not pets) and special pint-sized paddles for them to help you!

Just remember, children and pets are your responsibility at all times – both on land and on the water. Under 18s must be accompanied on the water by an adult (18+).

We can accommodate an hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, full day… in fact hire for as many hours or days as you want! Time slots for all crafts run on the hour subject to availability so why not book or contact us on 01865 376 176.

Come and visit our friendly team at Thrupp, we guarantee you’ll have lots of fun.

Explore the beautiful Oxford Canal in Thrupp, Kidlington

Be an intrepid explorer!

Start your adventure here for a full-day, weekend or week-long hire and explore the beautiful South Oxford Canal or River Thames in a kayak or canoe.

Canoe Hire in Oxfordshire

What is the difference between a canoe and a kayak?

Our canoes at Thrupp are long narrow boats not dissimilar to the Canadian canoes. The craft has fixed bench seats that allow you to sit in an upright position to paddle either side of the canoe. We have two-seater, three-seater and four-seater canoes available for hire onsite.

Each hire provides you with buoyancy aids and a single-ended paddle for each of you to propel yourself through the water.

Rules of the river >

Terms and conditions >

Canoe hire

Canoes 2 or 3 seats

£20 per hour
£60 per half-day (4 hours)
£80 per day (8 hours)

Canoes 4 seats

£25 per hour
£75 per half-day (4 hours)
£90 per day (8 hours)

Kayak Hire in Oxfordshire

What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?

Our kayaks at Thrupp sit much lower to the water with the user sitting on top of the craft at a 90º angle supported by a backrest or seat depending on our kayaks available. We have single-seat and two-seater kayaks available for hire on site.

Each hire provides you with buoyancy aids and a double-ended paddle to propel yourself through the water.

Rules of the river >

Terms and conditions >

Kayak hire

Kayak 1 seat

£15 per hour
£35 per half-day (4 hours)
£60 per day (8 hours)

Kayak 2 seats

£20 per hour
£60 per half-day (4 hours)
£80 per day (8 hours)

Hydrobike Hire in Oxfordshire

Take cycling off the road and onto the Oxford Canal with this brilliant watersport experience – we have two Hydrobikes for hire on an hourly basis

Fun, safe and unsinkable… The bicycles are mounted on two hard-shelled floats, pedal-powered and the handlebars control a fin below the waterline to steer. Hydrobiking can be a gentle workout or a physical workout… it just depends on how fast you pedal!

Height & age requirements – Hydrobikes are single-seaters with one person per bike. We have a minimum age restriction of 11 years old. Additionally, all riders should have a leg inseam of 26 inches to reach the pedals.

Restrictions – Owing to the nature of the craft, you can take your Hydrobike from the bridge in Thrupp, Kidlington up to Shipton Weir Lock and back again. Please note that, for safety reasons, you are not allowed to go under the bridge (south) or to go through or portage around a lock on the Hydrobike.

Girl enjoying riding a hydrobike on the river

Hydrobikes – 1 seat

£25 per hour

Paddle Board Hire in Oxfordshire

Have fun, fresh air, and exercise paddle boarding on the peaceful waters of Oxfordshire. We have four stand-up  Paddle boards for hire on an hourly basis.

For your safety, you will need to have previous experience in stand-up paddle boarding and be at least 12 years old. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Man enjoying paddleboarding on the canal

£25 per hour
£75 per half-day (4 hours)
£90 per day (8 hours)

All that paddling can work up quite an appetite!

Why not pop next door to Annie’s Tea Room for a delicious sandwich, cake, or cream tea to refuel when you have finished?

All that paddling can work up quite an appetite!

Why not pop next door to Annie’s Tea Room for a delicious sandwich, cake, or cream tea to refuel when you have finished?

Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire – Special Offers

25% OFF

Fast card holders

Fast card offer can be used by one person up to a family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children). You will need to bring your actual Fast card with you to secure your discount.

The Fast card can not be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion.

25% OFF

Blue Light card holders

The Blue Light card offer can be used by NHS, emergency services, social care sector workers and armed forces personnel to claim a 25% discount on the hire of any craft (kayak, canoe, or hydrobike). You will need to bring your actual Blue Light card with you to secure your discount. The discount is per craft – 1 x Blue Light card = 25% discount off one craft.

The Blue Light card can not be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion.

Summer Evening Hire

Just imagine paddling on the peaceful waters of the Oxfordshire canal whilst taking in the beautiful scenery on a warm summer evening… The good news is that you can! Our canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes and paddleboards are available for hire up to 8pm every Tuesday evening during the summer season.

Group having fun in a canoe on the canal

Group days out in Oxfordshire

Spend quality time with your friends, family, or colleagues in a unique experience on the Oxford canal. Hire kayaks or canoes for a morning or full day with collection and delivery included to suit your chosen route. We can work with local pubs, cafes, and restaurants to help you create a truly memorable event!

Canoe & Kayak team-building events

They were elite Sales Executives, lean, fit and hungry to hit their monthly sales targets… but NOTHING in their training had prepared them for… THRUPP!

These executives were good. They were VERY good. But Thrupp Kayak and Canoe Hire made them into a TEAM. They drove to a secret location on the Oxford Canal. They were given hot breakfast, a kayak and a paddle. They were made to relay race, build rafts and solve problems. They were pushed right to the limit, discovered hidden reserves of strength and courage and, as a reward, had tea at Annie’s Tea Rooms.

If you have a team-building problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire kayaks at Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire in Thrupp, Kidlington.

Let us organise your corporate days and team-building challenges to suit your organisation. Activities include canal races, canoe slaloms, bridge-building and treasure hunts. We can also produce similar and suitable itineraries for schools, stag and hen parties.

Group of sales executives enjoying paddling a canoe on the river

Come and join in the fun!

Give your staff a well-deserved break from the office and enjoy a team-building day on the Oxford Canal. We can create a bespoke package to suit your requirements.

Weekends and long hires for intrepid explorers

For the truly intrepid explorer, we are happy to provide canoe and kayak hire for full-day, weekend and week-long hires… Just stow your camping gear in the boat and take off.

Delivery to and collection from off-site points is subject to a few considerations and would need to be agreed upon in advance. Locations must be suitable to allow us to get a vehicle to the site. Most delivery/collection points are on the South Oxford Canal or on the Thames (see charges below). For delivery or collection from sites further away, there may be additional fees.

Friends enjoying paddling kayaks on the canal

We have several options for longer trips:

You can start from Thrupp, Kidlington and travel outwards on the canal north towards Banbury or south towards Oxford. You can then turn around and come back to Thrupp. No additional charges.

Pick-up / Collection service

We can offer a pick up and / or collection service.  These trips must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.  Options available:

  • You can start from Thrupp, Kidlington and travel outwards on the canal north towards Banbury or south towards Oxford. We can then collect the vessels from a final agreed destination point. Additional £75.00 one-way collection charge.
  • We can drop the vessels at an agreed delivery point and you can make your way back to Thrupp. Additional £75.00 one-way delivery charge.
  • We can drop the vessels at an agreed delivery point and you can paddle to a final agreed destination point, where we can collect you. Additional £75.00 one-way delivery charge and additional £75.00 one-way collection charge.

For all trips involving an extra charge, bookings must be made at least 72 hours in advance.  Payment is due on booking or at least 5 days before your trip.  A refundable deposit of £100 per vessel is also charged (payable on booking or at least 5 days before your trip).  This will be returned to you when the vessels are returned in good order.

We provide paddles and buoyancy aids and have dry bags for hire. The vessels will remain your responsibility at all times during your trip and cannot be left unattended i.e. left on the side of the canal whilst you pop to the pub!

Camping, self-catering and bed & breakfast in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas

Organising your accommodation is a good starting point when planning your route down the South Oxfordshire Canal or River Thames. Below are some links to websites where you can get information on where to camp or find a hotel or B&B along the way.

Please note that you will need to book your accommodation directly with the hotel, B&B or campsite.  Thrupp cannot be held responsible for reservations or bookings made with other companies.

Camping

The Pig Place, Adderbury OX17 3NU

Greenhill Leisure Park, Bletchingdon OX5 3BQ

Twilite Leisure Park, Twyford Wharf  OX17 3JN

Oxford Camping & Caravanning Club, Oxford OX1 4XG

Swiss Farm Camping, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2HY

Self-Catering or Bed & Breakfast:

Hill Farm, Priors Hardwick, CV47 7SP

Folly Cottages, Napton, CV47 8NZ

Gift vouchers available!

Looking for something different to give as a present?  Give an experience they will remember – a day paddling on the beautiful Oxford Canal in Thrupp, Kidlington.

Group having fun on the canal - Gift vouchers available

Gift vouchers available!

 Looking for something different to give as a present?  Give an experience they will remember – a day paddling on the beautiful Oxford Canal in Thrupp, Kidlington.

Group having fun on the canal - Gift vouchers available

Testimonials

Very friendly and helpful chap who hired out the kayaks and gave a sensible and helpful safety briefing. Kayaks and life jackets were of good quality. Great way to see the river and countryside on a sunny day, with a snack at Annie's tea rooms to follow. Highly recommended.

We had such fun at Thrupp. We had a canoe that all 4 of us could sit comfortably. Everyone involved was so kind, helpful and good health and safety advice like “try not to fall in”! Such a gorgeous day would definitely recommend going 😊

We went as a family group along with my autistic son, booked three boats, and turned up for our hour on the water. The staff were well organised, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic time, and the children are begging to go back again. This is a fantastic activity to do and at a very reasonable cost.

We loved our canoe experience at Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire today. We’d been before but not for a while - the boys loved sitting in front and guiding the boat. All well organised and everything is spotlessly clean. We had a lovely ice cream in Annie’s Tea Room next door too.

Couldn’t have wished for a better day. Twelve of us in four canoes - really great fun. The staff on-site were incredibly helpful, gave us lots of tips and hints and really made the day. So thank you to all involved. John Jones

What a wonderful few hours we had - we’ll definitely be booking for longer next time.- Louise Longstaff

It's such an idyllic setting, I never realised how pretty the canal was. The kids loved mucking about with the canoes - a perfect day was had by us all - thank you. - Katie Cawston

Morning all at Thrupp Canoe Hire. I just wanted to thank you all for the lovely day we had on Saturday. You were all so helpful and friendly. We have made lots of memories & I have left pictures and a lovely review on Trip Advisor to let people know how gorgeous our day was. Sue Alexander

Trip Advisor

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Address

Canal Yard
Canal Road
Thrupp
Kidlington
Oxon OX5 1JZ

Free parking subject to availability. Annie’s Tea Room on-site opening hours 10am – 5pm each day.