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About

Weather permitting, you will find me and my boats by the riverside in Godmanchester most weekends during summer time.  I don't have a permanent site so I usually arrive with the kit at about 6 am and as the day breaks so does my back getting it all ready.  Everything is unpacked, cleaned and ready for a 9 am start.

I offer good customer service and provide clean, safe boats and equipment so that you can enjoy your trip on the river.

 

I can accommodate group hires, birthdays and parties so give me a call with your plan and we can see if we are able to make it work.

 

Contact me, Andrew -

info@millsidecanoehire.co.uk

07952 642956

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River Routes & Information

For more details on downstream/upstream river routes have a look at the River Routes Map and the Journey Planner

Upstream
Godmanchester - Brampton Mill - Brampton Lock - Buckden Marina

Downstream
Godmanchester - Cook's Backwater - Hartford - Houghton Lock - Hemingford Meadows - St Ives

All boats are fully insured and are rented out with paddles and buoyancy aids.  Boats can be hired out hourly or for a full day.  You should allow 15 minutes prior to departure for fitting of buoyancy aids and a safety briefing.  All clients must be able to swim to a basic standard.  All persons under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, (1-1 ratio).  All persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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What to Bring

When you hire a canoe you will be supplied with a buoyancy aid, watertight containers and paddles. There are a few other items that can make your experience more comfortable:

 

  • spare clothes in case you get wet - expect to get wet!

  • you may want to bring some snacks and maybe even a little picnic, as there are lots of little spots along the river to pull up alongside and enjoy your picnic while watching the wildlife.

  • take all your rubbish with you when you leave, please don’t leave it on the banks or in the river.

  • bring plenty of water to drink, especially if it’s a hot day.

  • On hot days, it’s advisable to bring sun protection, on overcast days perhaps some rainwear.

  • Wellington Boots can be dangerous as they easily fill with water so please don’t wear them when canoeing.  Flip Flops fall off.  Secure footwear is advisable.

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River respect & safety

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  • Always respect all who use the river - people and wildlife.

  • If you’re under 18, then we are legally obliged to ensure that you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

  • Fishing is a popular past-time on the Ouse so keep well away from their lines.

  • Fishing is not permitted without an appropriate licence.

  • Bring your rubbish back with you.  Don’t leave it in the river or on the river bank.

  • Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times.

  • Don’t leave your children unattended.

  • We encourage you to take a mobile phone with you so you have means of contact in the unlikely event of an emergency.

  • Alcohol and paddling don’t mix, take soft drinks with you instead.

 

See the RIVER SAFETY document for more information.

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