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Welcome to Chester Kayak Hire

Important News


A huge thanks to all that have booked in for the day's we're on the river over the rest of the summer. 

We are unfortunately fully booked for 2018. 

We will be taking group bookings for 2019 from September onwards. 

Many Thanks 

Chester Kayak Hire Team. 

About Us

Sit On Top Kayak


Kayak paddles have a blade at each end. We use Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayaks, which means that you are not enclosed in a cockpit. This is a safe kayak for beginners as you cannot get stuck inside if you capsize – you simply fall off!

We have single SOT kayaks and double SOT kayaks available.  But what’s the difference?

Doubles will travel faster (with some teamwork!).  We would recommend them for paddlers wishing to try the longer trip from Farndon for the first time.  However they are also great for family trips – you can put a child up front and an adult on the back.

You will find in a kayak that you are closer to the water and your paddle will drip on you.  This means you will almost certainly get a wet bum, legs and feet!  Both SOT types also have some storage room for your dry bag.

Most people find the paddling technique easy to pick up.  Kayaks are more manoeuverable than a canadian canoe and can be faster.  However, paddling a kayak for a long period of time can be more physically demanding.

Sit on top kayaks can be used on flat water, moving water, or the sea!  Now, there’s an idea

Full Day – Farndon to Chester in a sit-on-top kayak – Self guided

Journey length: 12 Miles
Journey time: 4 to 6 Hours
Experience: An advantage but not essential, fitness is more important.
Cost: £40 per person

8.30am start at Sandy Lane car park (CH3 5UE).

A good level of fitness is advised for this trip, and familiarity with the outdoors.  Book a shorter trip first if you’re unsure.  Bring plenty of food and water

Full Day – Farndon to Chester in a canadian canoe – Self guided


Journey length: 12 miles
Journey time: 5 to 6 hours
Experience: Prevous experience of paddling a canadian canoe is required.
Cost: £40 per person

8.30am start at Sandy Lane car park (CH3 5UE)

A good level of fitness is advised for this longer trip, along with previous experience of paddling a Canadian canoe (due to the remoteness of the route) If you haven’t got any experience, you can still book the half day trip, or join one of our full day guided expedition. Bring plenty of food and water. 


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

 We try to man the phone as much as possible although in the busy season we often can’t pick up (most of the time we’ll be instructing in the outdoors).  Leave us a quick message and we will get back to you as soon as we can, or you can email us.  On Hire Days our bankside staff will have the telephone, and will pick up – if they are able to – between helping our clients to get paddling. Please ring this number if you are going to be late for a booking. 

Chester Kayak Hire

Sandy Lane Car Park, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL

01244 422007

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