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Kayak, Canoe and Katakanu Hire



If you fancy a relaxing time on the lake or river, but don’t have you own Canoe or Kayak, Katakanu or Stand Up Paddleboard…don’t worry you can hire ours at Woodmill.

What is it?               

We have a great range of equipment available for hire, which means you can enjoy the Woodmill boating lake or the most picturesque stretch of the river Itchen. Our Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards are some of the most popular with local resnters and those visiting the city and allow you to enjoy either our private secluded lake or local river at your own pace.

The Woodmill lake is a great secluded spot to escape the city and paddle on the weekends. Or you can follow the slowly meandering river by the charming setting of Riverside Park, which is perfect for a family picnic or an afternoon trip to the White Swan pub.

For those seeking a little more of a challenge you can head down river on the tidal estuary to Cobden Bridge or even as far as the Southampton Water Activities Centre. It’s just worthwhile checking if the tides coming in or going out.

What to bring

Your kayak hire will include a boat, paddle and buoyancy aid.

However we do recommend you bringing with you the following:

  1. Clothes for on the water
  2. Closed toe footwear
  3. Spare set of clothes for after water activities (including shoes)
  4. Towel
  5. Sun cream


These sessions are suitable for all (although we would struggle to fit a lifejacket to any children under 2.5 years) and we can offer accessible hoists for those living with a disability. Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that our telephone lines remain unmanned. Please direct any enquires via social media or We will endeavor to respond within 12 hours. We recommend pre-booing Paddlecraft Hire via our online booking system to avoid disappointment. Whilst we are accepting walk in hire, we cannot guarantee availability.

COVID-19 Additional Terms and Conditions:

In our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced specific booking and health & safety measures in an effort to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our supporters and staff using Woodmill Outdoor Activites Centre for Kayak Hire.

By booking and taking part in an activity with us during this time, you must:

1.     Read and complete our Paddlecraft Hire Consent Form before you arrive for your activity. You will be prompted to complete this following your booking transaction within our booking system, eola. Failure to do this may result in you not being able to take part in your activity, with no refund issued.

2.     Should an individual or group not comply with the social distance measures on site, or not adhere to our safety video, we reserve the right to require that individual or group to leave, with no refund given.

3.     By booking, you are confirming that you and anyone in your household has not had COVID-19 in the last 21 days. If you/they have, you must confirm that you/they have been symptom-free for at least the last 14 days.

4.     If for any reason you have to cancel your booking due to COVID-19, please contact us in writing via request a refund. We reserve the right to offer credit or not grant a refund.

5.     We ask that if you or your group shows symptoms of Coronavirus up to 21 days prior to your activity, you or your group do not attend and instead, you or your group should follow government self-isolation guidance. In this instance, contact us in writing via to request a refund. We reserve the right to offer credit or not grant a refund.

6.     All our usual booking terms and conditions apply to those that pre-book their Paddlecraft Hire with us.


Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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Where we'll meet

Please meet at our new HIRE HUB located between the car park and the lake.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

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