Departure: Public car park (free parking) on Water Eaton Road, Cutteslowe, Oxford, OX2 7QT.

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

At the end of the tour we provide free return transport to the car park.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When do tours run?

Every Saturday or Sunday from April to September. If there is enough demand we may have tours on both days.

Meet at the car park shown on the map above at 11:00 for a 12 noon departure.

Finish tour 15:30 at Donnington Bridge, OX4 4AZ. 

Tours can be late arriving due to fallen trees blocking the river, capsizes or other unexpected events.

  

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 are not able to take the tour.

 

Route map? 

Click for a ROUTE MAP

 

Do we run kayak tours other than Oxford?

Yes we do. Click for details of our guided kayak tours on the River Wye on the Welsh border. If you have a group we can also arrange tours to other destinations.

 

Return transport to the departure point?

We finish at Donnington Bridge and we arrange free transport back to the departure point or the city centre. If you arrive at the departure point by bike we can transport it to Donnington Bridge.

 

What boats do we have? 

 

Perception Expression 11 kayak
Touring kayak
12 single kayaks (see video on other side of page). 

 

What should I wear?

Dress according to the weather but remember the English summer is changeable.

  • Your feet may get wet/muddy.
  • Going barefoot is not a good idea.
  • Gloves and a hat?
  • Avoid denim as it soaks up the water.
  • Spare clothes in case you go in?

 

Anything else I need to know?

There are no toilet facilities other than the bushes either at the departure point or anywhere en route.

 

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 experienced 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 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. There is no maximum weight for a canoe.

 

Lunch?

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

 

Do we hire out kayaks? 

No we don't.