Canoe Hire Reading

Kayak Hire and Canoe Hire Reading

Canoe Hire Reading.The centre of Reading is on a low ridge between the River Thames and River Kennet, close to their confluence, reflecting the town’s history as a river port. It is a great location to canoe or kayak from, with many options suiting all ages and abilities.

Canoe Hire Reading

The Thames is a perfect river to explore in a canoe or kayak

Launch and Landing Points

The launch/landing point in Reading will be explained once you have booked.

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!


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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 Reading – recommended routes

For a short day’s hire, paddling from Goring to Reading which is roughly a 4 hour trip.

If you want a full day’s hire we recommend paddling from Wallingford to Reading.

Alternatively, for weekend trip we would recommend Oxford to Reading. This is a great two-day paddle where you will see a beautiful stretch of the Thames Valley, passing through the historic towns of Wallingford, Pangbourne, Henley and Marlow.