Canoe Hire Oxford

Kayak Hire and Canoe Hire Oxford

Canoe Hire Oxford. The historic and picturesque town of Oxford is a fantastic location to start a canoe or kayak trip down the River Thames.

Historically, Oxford was an important port on the River Thames, with this section of the river being called the Isis. In the 18th century the Oxford Canal was built to connect Oxford with the Midlands.

The upper-Thames is a now a beautiful waterway and therefore recreational use of the river is now very popular. Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers, which was a leading racing-boat-builder playing important role in popularising pleasure boating on the Thames. The firm still runs a regular service from Folly Bridge to Abingdon and beyond.

Launch and Landing Points

The boats are launched from the canoe club, on the south side of the town.

Don’t forget we also have the capability to provide canoe or kayak hire from any of our other landing points on the River Thames.

Getting through the Locks

You can either paddle through the locks or get out and carry your boats around. We would suggest that you paddle through the locks when the lock keeper is on duty and portage if the lock is unmanned.

When you are carrying your boats be sure to lift carefully and try not to scrape the bottoms of the boats along the ground if you can help it!


We are unbeatable on price, so check out our up to date pricing structure here.


All bookings need to fill out the form in the top right corner of this page for us to get right back to you with availability and pricing. If you just have a quick question however, call us direct on 01432 264 807.

More questions? Check out or FAQ’s page.

What’s included?

  • Boat hire, either canoe or kayak depending on your preference
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Waterproof drybag
  • River map
  • Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off.

Please note: transport is not included on the upper-middle Thames so if you need to be taken back to your start location then contact us for a price. 

Kayak Hire & Canoe Hire Oxford

For a weekend paddle from Oxford we would recommend a two day trip from Oxford to Reading stopping at Wallingford en route.