Welcome to the 2017 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

Flood warning still in place on River Dee

The most recent flood warning put in place by the Environment Agency for the River Dee is still in place, with land from Shocklach to Chester still being at particular risk.

The river, which is popular with people kayaking in Chester and across the Northwest, is being constantly monitored. The last update was put in place by the EA on the morning of 15th February.

It has been a testing time for the authorities along the Dee – much as it has been for many riverside councils throughout the UK.

With flood warnings issued and removed since December last year, the local council has been constantly tending to maintenance of the river banks.

The work has included repair to the bandstand at The Groves in Chester and jetwashing to many pavements along the banks. With weeks of high tides causing dirt and debris in the area to be far worse than normal, contractors and council workers were brought in by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).

The CWAC Emergency Management and Response Team incident centre, based at the head office of the Council, also remains open as it responds to the constantly changing operation. Sand bags and tankers for water pumping have been made available.

Meanwhile, CWAC’s planning committee has rejected a proposal to build a residential development on the banks of the river.

Proposed by Redrow Homes, the former site of the Western Command Army conversion into 33 private flats and houses was said to be ‘unimaginative’ and not in keeping with the views that many kayakers now enjoy from the river.