Departure for 4 Hour Tour: car park on Water Eaton Road, Cutteslowe, Oxford, OX2 7QT.

Everyone should be willing to help carry their kayak 100m to the river.

We provide free return transport to the car park.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When do tours run?

Every Saturday & Sunday from April to September.

Midweek possible on request.


 Please note that our 2 tours start from different places:


 The Mini Tour - 2 hours - 2 miles - £35/person

Depart & Return: Donnington Bridge, OX4 4AZ (map). 

Look for a white truck parked next to the slipway.

Free car parking.

Route: River Thames, Donnington Bridge - Oxford University Boathouses - Christchurch Meadow - Botanical Gardens - Magdalen Bridge - return to Donnington.

This 2 hour tour usually runs on a Saturday or midweek.


 The Oxford Tour - 3 to 4 hours - 6 miles one way - £55/person

Depart: Meet at the car park on the map above at 11:00 for a 12 noon departure. OX2 7QT.

Finish: 15:30 - 16:00 at Donnington Bridge, OX4 4AZ. 

Click for a ROUTE MAP

Free car parking. 

This 3-4 hour tour with a lunch break of 40 minutes is our regular Sunday trip. It takes in all of the Mini Tour plus another 4 miles of the River Cherwell.

The Mini Tour on a Saturday may or may not run, the Sunday tour is our regular fixture.


 Tours can be late arriving due to fallen trees blocking the river, rowing regattas or other unexpected events out of our control.


 Do we run tours on other days?

CONTACT US. We need a minimum of 6 adults to run a tour. We can often make up a group from different enquiries so please let us know your options.


Can children go?

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under 12 can go in a double kayak with an adult over 18. 


 What boats do we have? 

 13 single kayaks and 3 double kayaks.

Perception Expression 11 kayak
Touring kayak

Return transport to the departure point?

The Mini 2 hour tour begins and finishes in the same place.

For the 4 hour tour we arrange free transport back to Cutteslowe or the city centre.

We can transport your bike to Donnington Bridge from Cutteslowe.


 What should I wear?

Dress according to the weather.

  • Your feet may get wet/muddy.
  • Going barefoot is not a good idea.
  • Gloves and a hat?
  • A wet suit is not necessary.
  • Sun tan lotion.
  • We have wet weather jackets.

 Anything else I need to know?

There are no toilet facilities other than the bushes.


 Is it safe?

  • Our kayak tours are suitable for beginners.
  • The rivers in summer are slow-moving, populated by rowing boats, punts and motor cruisers.
  • Buoyancy aids are provided.
  • 1-2 British Canoe Union kayak guides are present on every tour.
  • Our kayaks are stable, easy to turn and paddle in a straight line.

 Will I capsize?

Capsizes have happened but it's a rare event. Our kayaks are stable and we advise how to avoid a capsize in the safety briefing. 


 3-4 hours is a long time to paddle?

It's all downstream with a 40 minute rest at the halfway point. If you are of a reasonable fitness you'll be fine. We have taken many first-timers and nobody failed to finish.


 Maximum weight?

For a single kayak you should be under 250lbs or 115kg. 


 Lunch?

We have a rest of 40 minutes halfway on the Sunday tour. Don't forget the sandwiches.


Do we hire out kayaks? 

No we don't.