Canoe Hire Pangbourne

Kayak Hire and Canoe Hire Pangbourne

At Pangbourne we have our main base on the River Thames. It’s an absolutely stunning location to paddle; extremely quiet – a real gem!

Pangbourne Canoe Hire

Canoe Hire Pangbourne. Pangbourne is centred 4 miles (6 km) from Reading, its nearest town and 20 miles (32 km) from Oxford on the River Thames. The river Pang, from which Pangbourne gets it’s name, flows through the centre of Pangbourne village before joining the Thames between Whitchurch Lock and Whitchurch bridge.

Canoe Hire Pangbourne

Paddlers on the river Thames

Launch and Landing Points

Our launch and landing point in Pangbourne is at the Oratory School Boathouse, Sheepwash Lane, Whitchurch On Thames, Thames Upriver, RG8 7RB.

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.


Currently we are not running our usual routes. Please see this page for what we are able to do at this current time.

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 Pangbourne – recommended routes

Covid-19 Option

With Covid-19 at the moment we are highly recommending our Pangbourne out and back paddles.

For a full day’s hire, paddling from Cholsey to Pangbourne is a great option at 9 miles.

Alternatively to avoid transport, it is possible to make a fantastic day out starting from Pangbourne, paddling upstream to the Swan at Streatley  for lunch and and easy paddle back downstream. This is possible as the flow on this section of river is very slow.

For a two day paddle we would highly recommend the weekend trip from Abingdon to Pangbourne. This is a 23 mile paddle stopping at Shillingford overnight.