Canoe Hire Shillingford

Kayak Hire and Canoe Hire Shillingford

Canoe Hire Shillingford. Shillingford is a picturesque hamlet on the north side of the river Thames a few miles downstream of Abingdon. At various times the river crossing at Shillingford has been a ford, a ferry or a bridge. The present bridge was built in 1827, replacing a previous one built in 1767. It is a great place to start or finish a canoe or kayak trip for all ages and abilities.

Canoe Hire Shillingford

Seeing the Thames at it’s best

Launch and Landing Points

The meet point and launch points will be explained to you 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 Shillingford

We would highly recommend the weekend trip Abingdon to Pangbourne. This is a 23 mile paddle stopping at Shillingford overnight.