Canoe Hire and Kayak Hire
(1 hour / 2 hour / 6 hour full day)
As a result of COVID-19 please read the updated notes below before proceeding with a kayak or canoe hire booking:
At this present time we are only taking pre-bookings made online/over the phone.
Full day hire only - We have limited availability for full day hire at this time. Start times will be 8.30am and 9.30am (one household/bubble per time slot and a maximum of 6 people per booking).
Furthermore, our policies may change at any time in line with up-to-date Government guidelines.
Canoe hire in Ironbridge at Shropshire Raft Tours with 1, 2 and 6 hour full day hire. You can explore the Gorge or paddle from Atcham to Ironbridge enjoying beautiful Shropshire scenic river sections. As well as couples, families and friends, we also cater for groups, corporate team building days and much more!
1 and 2 Hour Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire
1 and 2 hour canoe hire and sit on top kayak hire is based in the heart of Ironbridge. As you set off from the gravel beach behind our Little Green Kiosk, you paddle upstream to Buildwas. As well as kingfishers, wagtails and swans look out for deer on the old power station site. Paddle down to Ironbridge Central for a great view of the Iron bridge and see it from a different perspective. We welcome children from the age of 4 and above.
Full Day (6 Hour) Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire
Full day canoe hire and kayak hire (6 hours) takes you from Atcham to Ironbridge. We provide transport from our Little Green Kiosk in the Wharfage car park (TF8 7NH) to your starting point at Atcham. We drop you off with all the equipment, and you have 6 hours to paddle your way back to Ironbridge. This gives you time to picnic in your boat along the way.
Please park in Dale End pay and display car park (TF8 7BS) and walk across to the Wharfage car park where we meet at our Little Green Kiosk. If you are running late please call us. As we may have other customers awaiting transport, if you arrive late, we cannot guarantee your trip will go ahead.
We will fit you with a buoyancy aid, paddle and dry bag and finish off the paperwork. After a short safety briefing, there is a 15 minute drive to Atcham. Take in the gorgeous scenery along the way and enjoy the beautiful wildlife returning to Ironbridge by 3.30pm - 4pm. We welcome children from the age of 4 and above.
Your trip includes:
- Boat hire (canoe or kayak). Please note that you will get your bottom half wet using a sit on top kayak. Please dress in appropriate clothing (shorts, fitness gear, leggings, quick dry trousers) and bring a towel and change of clothes for after the session.
- Paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bag.
- Transport to Atcham for full day trips (minibus or taxi).
Children are welcome from ages 4 and above.
PLEASE NOTE: As a security deposit for any of our ‘for hire’ services, we require a photo ID for each booking, ie driving licence or passport. Our kiosk employee will safely retain this for the duration of the hire period. If you do not bring the necessary documents required on the day we reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund given.
For one and two hour hire please specify in the notes your preferred start time between 10am and 2pm. We will contact you to confirm.
1 hour hireSingle / Double
2 hour hireSingle / Double
Full daySingle / Double
Health and Safety guidelines, rules and regulations
Safety and enjoyment of your trip depend on both river and weather on your chosen trip day. We do not allow any trips to proceed when severe conditions are occurring or expected. Furthermore, heavy rainfall over the days leading up to your trip date affects the river levels, especially rainfall over the Welsh mountains some two days before departure. Consequently, if we cannot run your trip due to circumstances outside our control we will offer you an alternative date.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions relating to your canoes, kayaks, equipment and the River Severn.
Furthermore, if your party have any health issues, please discuss this with us first and make us aware of these conditions. As a consequence of certain health issues we may discourage you from taking part in the event. Additionally anyone with a history of epilepsy should not participate in this activity.
Maximum weight per canoe is 35 stone. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed in canoes. Children under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult on a one to one basis. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18. Minimum age to hire is 18.
It should be noted, participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres. An adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.
You are not allowed to fish unless you have the appropriate permit to fish on the stretch of the river your journey takes you on and a National rod license. Please arrive 10 minutes before your allocated launch/transport time, to allow time to be kitted out with buoyancy aids and paddles, fill out the hire agreement and receive your health and safety briefing. Consequently, if you are late, we may have to leave without you, meaning we may have to cancel or re-schedule your trip.
You must wear your buoyancy aids at all times whilst you are canoeing or kayaking. When you leave the river take all your belongings, buoyancy aids and paddles as these are your responsibility and we will charge you in full if lost or stolen.
Guided tours: At certain times, we can provide a river guide to accompany your trip at an extra cost. However, this service is only available by prior arrangement, and not at the time of your arrival.
You can bring your dog. However, under no circumstances are they to be leashed in the canoe. Please also advise us in advance.
It should be noted that there is no safety cover on the river however you can contact us at all times to effect or organise a rescue. Call: 01952 427150. Furthermore, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks.
Most importantly, please note that you should not consume alcohol prior to your trip. You will not be permitted to hire or participate in the event if you are found under the influence of alcohol or any other substances and we will not provide a refund in the event of cancellation. Furthermore, you cannot take alcohol on the river and we have the right to confiscate it until you return. If you refuse to relinquish alcohol we will cancel the trip with no refund given.
What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing. i.e. t-shirts, trainers. (NOT wellington boots, flip flops or jeans). As a result of sun reflecting off the water when hot, to minimise risk of heat stroke and sunburn please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. Furthermore the weather conditions can also change very quickly on your journey. In addition, please bring a change of clothes and towel for the end of your trip.
Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar, snack or picnic. Suitable sun tan lotion is also recommended. Especially important is a waterproof mobile phone.
Do not bring: Expensive jewellery. Watches, cameras, video cameras etc if not waterproof. We cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any of your effects.
Please do not leave rubbish on the river banks or drop it in the river. Bring it back with you and we will dispose of it.