Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007


What type of Canoe and Kayak do you use and what’s the difference?

We use Sit-On-Top Kayaks, and open top Canadian
To understand the difference between to two, click on the “Canoe
or Kayak” link at the top of the page.

Do I need to be very fit?

Paddling on this section of the River Dee is relatively easy as
the flow is gentle, and you’ll mainly be paddling downstream.
However, in order to attempt a full day on the water (up to 6
hours), we recommend that you have a good level of fitness in order
to make your day enjoyable.  If you are unsure, we recommend
that you book a shorter trip from Eccleston to Chester or a taster
All participants must be able to swim.


How safe is kayaking and canoeing on the River Dee?

Any body of water presents various hazards, however providing
our advice is adhered to, you are sensible and understand the
dangers associated with the water, your day out will be safe and
enjoyable.  There are no significant rapids on this section of
the Dee.  Buoyancy aids should be worn at all times.  The
Weir near the city centre is very dangerous and under no
circumstances should users of our boats go past the warning
Be aware of other users of the river at all times (powered boats,
unpowered boats, fisherman, swimmers etc).  It is possible for
your canoe or kayak or capsize.

Can larger people participate?

The maximum capacity for one of our kayaks is 102Kgs / 16
stone.  If you are very large or very tall please email us to
ensure we have a buoyancy aid available.
The maximum capacity of an open top canoe is 400kgs.

Can we stop along the river bank for lunch?

There are numerous beaches and coves along the river which
provide idyllic places to stop for a picnic.  Please remember
that you will be on private property and therefore treat the area
with respect.  Take litter home, stay close to the riverside,
stay away from cattle and crop.  Barbeques and fires are not

What about consumption of alcohol?

Mixing alcohol with water activities is potentially
lethal.  There are a few public houses near river, including
the Red House which welcomes people to use its jetty.  A soft
drink is always the safest option.  Do not consume any more
alcohol prior to kayaking than you would prior to driving a
The boats should not be left unattended.
Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will not be allowed onto the

Will I get wet?

If you hire a kayak you will certainly get a wet bum, feet and
legs.  Your paddle will drip on you and you may get
You are more likely to remain dry in a Canadian canoe.
You should be prepared to get muddy feet when using the river

What should I wear?

Wear lightweight clothing and trainers or sandals. (Neoprene
boots if you have them)  Layers are a good idea so that you
can remove them.  Check the weather and make sure you pack
waterproofs if needed.
We do not recommend jeans.
Have a towel and change of clothes in your car for when you

Should I take a mobile phone?

It is advisable to have a mobile phone with you in case there’s
an emergency, especially on the full day route.  We advise
that you bring a waterproof pouch to keep it in.
We do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to any of
your equipment.

Can I go fishing from the kayak?

You must have the correct permit to legally fish in the River
Dee.  Patrols operate on the river and may ask to see your
permit.  Unauthorised fishing may result in a large fine.

What about the weather?

Obviously we can’t guarantee that you will get a day of glorious
sunshine.  If it’s windy and rainy your trip may still go
ahead unless we decide that it’s too dangerous.  We will
cancel trips in high winds and heavy rain.  If the river is
very high and in flood, all trips will be cancelled due to the
associated dangers.  If we cancel a trip due to the above
reasons we will offer you a full refund if no alternative date can
be arranged.
The decision to cancel trips due to the weather is ours.

Where does my trip start and end?

The meeting point is usually the car park near the jetty on
Sandy Lane, Chester.  The post code is CH3 5UL.  It’s
next to the Sailing Club.  We recommend you arrive early to
get a parking space.  Alternative parking is available next to
Bill Smith Motors in Boughton, or further along Sandy Lane towards
From here we take you to your stating point on the river and help
you get on the water.
We meet you back at Sandy Lane jetty / car park at the end of your

Can you provide a guide to accompany us on the river?

We may be able to provide a guide to accompany you on your trip
along the river.  We need as much notice as possible and this
service is subject to a guide being available.
Our guides have a vast experience of paddling on The Dee and will
be able to point out landmarks, wildlife and offer you some advice
on your paddling techniques.

Guide Costs:

Farndon to Chester  £80 (trip will be max of 5 hours
Eccleston to Chester £50 (2 hours guided)
Prices are per trip for up to 10 people.

Can children participate?

The minimum age for children to participate is:
Canadian Canoe as a paddler: 12
Canadian Canoe as a passenger: 6
Kayak: 10

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.