Canoe Hire and Kayak Hire

(1 hour / 2 hour / 6 hour full day)

Canoe Logo

Pre-booking is essential.

Please call us direct if you have any questions before booking.

Hire a canoe with Shropshire Raft Tours
Couples canoe hire on the river

With our canoe hire and kayak hire in Ironbridge at Shropshire Raft Toursyou can explore the Gorge or paddle from Atcham to Ironbridge, enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. In addition to couples, families and friends, we cater for groups, corporate team building days and much more!

Call us at (01952) 427 150

Email us

1 and 2 Hour Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire

Our canoe hire and sit-on-top kayak hire in the heart of Ironbridge is available for one or two hours. As you set off from the gravel beach behind our Little Green Kiosk, you paddle upstream to Buildwas.  Look out for kingfishers, wagtails and swans as well as deer on the old power station site.  After you turn round, paddle down river to Ironbridge Central and see the bridge from a totally different perspective. Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

Shropshire Raft Tours

Full Day (6 Hour) Canoe Hire & Kayak Hire

Our full day canoe hire and sit-on-top kayak hire (6 hours) runs from Atcham to Ironbridge.  We provide all the equipment including the free shuttle from our Little Green Kiosk in the Wharfage car park to your starting point at Atcham. You have 6 hours to paddle back to Ironbridge which 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 (TF8 7NH) where we meet at our Little Green Kiosk. We have other customers being transported so if you are running late we may have to leave without you!  Please call to let us know if you think you may be late.

After fitting you with a buoyancy aid, paddle and dry bag there will be a short safety briefing before our 15 minute drive to Atcham. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the way and beautiful wildlife before returning to Ironbridge by 3.30pm – 4pm. Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.

boat and canoe hire activities
Old Town Canoes
Canoe hire and kayak hire


Your trip includes:

– Boat hire (canoe or sit-on-top kayak). Please note that you will get your bottom half wet in a sit-on-top kayak so please wear 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.

– Free shuttle to Atcham for full day trips.

We will email you a few days prior to your trip date with all the necessary information you need.  Please ensure you arrive no later than the time stated in the email. Due to other customers requiring travel in our free shuttle, if you arrive late we may have to leave without you!

Children from the age of 4 onwards are welcome.​

PLEASE NOTE: As a security deposit for any of our ‘for hire’ services, we require a photo ID for each booking, i.e driving licence or passport.  Our kiosk employee will safely keep this for the duration of the hire period. However, should you fail to bring the required documents on the day we reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund given.

For safety reasons we do not allow anyone to paddle solo. As a result, bookings for single sit-on-top kayaks require two people minimum.

For one and two hour hire please specify in the notes your preferred start time between 10am and 2pm and we will contact you to confirm.

Call us at (01952) 427 150 Email us

Bookings can only be made online from 1st April to 30th September.  During our low season (October to March) when our booking system is not visible please call us direct.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for all the answers you need.

Health and Safety Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

The 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. We will offer you an alternative date if we are unable to run your trip due to circumstances beyond our control.

If you have any questions about your canoes, kayaks, equipment or the River Severn, please do not hesitate to ask.

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. Anyone with a history of epilepsy should also avoid participating in this activity.

Maximum weight per canoe is 35 stone. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed in canoes and children under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult on a one to one basis. The minimum hire age is 18 years old and an adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

It is important to note that participants must have the ability to swim a minimum of 25 metres.  Consequently, an adult who can swim must accompany anyone who cannot swim this distance.

You cannot 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 fit your buoyancy aids and paddles and receive your health and safety briefing. Please call us if you are running late, however, if you are late we may have to leave without you, meaning we may have to cancel your trip with no refund given.

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 they are lost or stolen.

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the correct clothing and are fit enough to complete any trip comfortably. The route will take 4-6 hours to paddle even in low summer river levels.  With this in mind, if you exceed the 6 hour time we reserve the right to make a surcharge.

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.

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.

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. For the most part, mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks. However we can also be contacted on WhatsApp on 07497 086936.

What to wear and spare equipment: Loose clothing, i.e. t-shirts, shorts, leggings and trainers (NOT wellington boots, flip flops or jeans).  Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen as the sun reflecting off the water can increase your chance of heat stroke and sunburn. Furthermore the weather conditions can also change very quickly on your journey so please bring a raincoat. In addition, we also recommend you bring a change of clothes and towel for the end of your trip.

Do bring: A drink, chocolate bar, snack/picnic and sun tan lotion. Especially important is a waterproof mobile phone.

Do not bring: Expensive jewellery, watches, cameras/video cameras if not waterproof as 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.

When making a booking, please review our full terms and conditions.