Canoe Hire - Scudamore's Boatyard Cambridge

Grantchester Canoe Hire

Canoe to Grantchester

"Voyager upon life's sea,
To yourself be true,
And whatever your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe." 

From Paddle Your Own Canoe (Sarah T. Bolton)

If you're looking for an alternative to punting, our canoes can be hired from our Boatyard for trips out to the village of Grantchester. Explore the rural upper river Canadian-style on a journey with up to 3 of your friends.  

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1. Select length of hire:

60 minute hire
from £20

90 minute hire
from £25

3 hour hire
from £43.50

Want to experience the joy of canoeing but don't want to brave the winter weather for long? Then the 60 minute canoe rental is a great option.

Highlights:

- Sheep's Green: 10 minutes of paddling
- Paradise Nature Reserve: 30 minutes of paddling.

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2. Select pricing - per boat:


Canoe age requirements:

- To hire a canoe you need to be aged 16 years or older
- The minimum age to participate in canoeing is 4 years old
- Each child aged under 16 years old must be accompanied by 1-to-1 by an adult aged 18 years or older

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Have a question?

Do I need to pre-book?

Yes. We’ve introduced an advance booking system for our self-hire boats. This system enables customers to book a specified time slot to help us manage visitor numbers and maintain safe social distancing. If you're looking to book more than 3 boats boats please contact our Bookings Team on 01223 359750 or at enquires@scudamores.com.

What if I just turn up?

If you haven't booked before you arrive we strongly advise to do so on the day through our website. This guarantees you a time slot and a cheaper rate. For those that unable to pre-book we may have walk-up availability at the kiosk at our standard rates.

Can I change my booking time?

Yes. The time and date of your booking can be changed up to 1 hour in advance. Just follow the unique link in your e-booking confirmation where you can select a new date and time.

How many people can go in a canoe?

Our canoes are limited to 4 people.

Do you offer life vests or dry bags?

Personal buoyancy aids (life-vests for swimmers or life-jackets for non-swimmers) are included as part of the hire and must be worn. Dry-bags are offered to every booking.

What should I wear?

We suggest that you wear something you don’t mind getting a little wet. Dress for the weather so bring along a mac if the forecast is for rain. You need to make sure you have the correct footwear, which is non-slip, stable, can’t fall off easily and offers protection to your toes and heel. Please do not canoe in bare feet or wear sandals, flip-flops, slip-on, leather-soled or high heel shoes.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, we are decidedly dog friendly, so feel free to bring along your four-legged friends! In our experience, dogs love a day out on (and sometimes in) the river every bit as much as their owners.

Can I see the famous colleges and The Backs?

Not with the Grantchester canoe hire. The route takes you out of Cambridge towards the meadows and rural areas surrounding the city. To see the colleges and The Backs, you can join our chauffeured tours or book a punt hire on The Backs.

Any other questions?

Email: enquiries@scudamores.com
Phone: 01223 359750


Email or Call Us: 01223 359750

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