Home » Barefoot Exploring » Canoes and Canoes Hire

Canoes & Boat Activities, Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

Barefoot Canoes

On-site canoe hire

General Information

Following numerous requests, we now have Canadian canoes available for hire on our Northmoor Lock Paddocks campsite.

Each canoe will comfortably accommodate two adults or one adult and two children and may be suitable for up to 3 adults or two adults and two children* (* at the discretion of canoe hire staff)

The party will be offered a short practical introduction to paddling, which is especially relevant if none of the party have paddled canoes before.

The hirer will be asked to sign a disclaimer on behalf of his/herself and their party. The hirer is responsible for their own safety and the safety of their party at all times.

Hire Times and Fees:

Canoes are only available during the camping season when the campsite is open. Please check ‘availability overview’ under the ‘Barefoot Bookings’ tab. Pre-booking is essential as staff are not always on site.

Those staying on the campsite have priority at weekends.

Saturdays: morning and afternoon
Sundays: mornings only
Monday to Friday: afternoon only – depending on staff availability

Morning hire: 9.30am – 12.30pm @ £35 per canoe
Afternoon hire: 1.30pm – 4.30pm @ £35 per canoe

Safety Equipment:

Kitting up

All participants will be fitted with buoyancy aids/life jackets which must be worn at all times whilst on the water.

Our phone number and river etiquette is taped to the inside of each canoe.
 
 
 

What to bring:

We will provide each canoe with a small dry bag or barrel in which to keep your possessions.

    • Mobile phone in case of an emergency
    • Drinking water
    • Appropriate clothing & footwear
    • Snacks or picnic
    • Anti Bacterial Hand Gell (see information on Weil’s disease)
    • Sun tan lotion
    • Small towel
    • Small amount of money if you plan to stop at the pub for lunch or a drink

What NOT to bring:

    • Expensive jewellery or watches
    • Wallets
    • Car Keys

What to bring back:

    • Canoe
    • Paddles
    • Life Jackets/Buoyancy aids
    • Dry bag / barrel
    • Rubbish
    • Great memories!

How to book:

How to bookHire AgreementWeil's Disease

We strongly recommend booking your canoe hire before arrival, though you can hire on the day if boats are available.
You will be asked to read and sign our Hire Agreement and Disclaimer, a copy of which you will find on the next tab.

Please note, we do not have credit card facilities on site so if you’re thinking of hiring a canoe on the day, please bring sufficient cash with you.

Follow this link to:

 

Barefoot Canoes
Hire Agreement and Disclaimer:

I will supervise my party throughout. On behalf of myself and my party I confirm the following:

    • Each member of our party has been provided a buoyancy aid for those who can swim or a life jacket (for non swimmers and younger children) which we will wear at all times whilst the canoe is on the water.
    • We understand how to get in and out of the canoe safely at the bank.
    • We have received a short introduction to paddling.
    • In the unlikely event that we capsize the canoe, we have been instructed to swim with the boat to the bank, empty it and re-enter the boat from the bank. If this is impractical for any reason then the absolute priority is to get all members of the group safely onto the bank and then contact Barefoot Canoes to advise them of the situation.
    • We will:
      * Use the canoes upstream of the campsite launch point only.
      * Stay on the right hand side of the river whilst paddling.
      * Stay away from the weirs, overhanging trees and bridge pillars.
      * Keep a safe distance away from other river users, in particular larger, motorised vessels.
      * Avoid fishing lines.
      * Ensure no one is attached, or tied, to the canoe.
    • Boats are hired at the discretion of Barefoot Canoes Hire staff. We acknowledge that they reserve the right to cancel the hire at any time if they consider it unsafe for us to continue on the water.
    • If we are advised by hire staff or any river official that it is unsafe/unsuitable to continue paddling we will leave the river at once and seek advice from Barefoot Canoes Hire staff.
    • I accept responsibility for my own safety and the safety of my party at all times.
    • I accept that Barefoot Canoes has absolutely no responsibility for the safety of myself or my party.
    • I accept that water sports are considered a high risk activity and I will ensure that my party and I act in a responsible manner at all times.
    • I have been provided with information about Weil’s Disease.
    • I accept responsibility for all kit provided whilst it is in our possession and will cover the cost for replacing any lost or damaged equipment as follows:
      Paddles – £40.00 each
      Life Jackets/Bouyancy aids – £45.00 each
      Dry bags/Barrels – £14.00 each
      Mobile phone wallets – £10 each
      Canoe – £250 (insurance excess)
    • We have been issued with …… paddles; …… buoyancy aids/life jackets; …… dry bags/barells; …… mobile phone wallets.

I understand and accept the conditions as laid out in this disclaimer on behalf of myself and my party.

I am 18 years of age or older.

Hire Period:
morning session: 9.30am – 12.30pm
afternoon session: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
other:

Name (Print): ……………………………………………………………………………..

Signnature: ……………………………………………………………………………..

Date: ……………………………………………… 2016

Hirer Mobile contact whilst on the river: ……………………………………………………

Departure time: ______________ Return Time: ____ hours

Fees paid: £ _______

Please return the canoe to Barefoot Canoes at Northmoor Lock by: _______

 

Weil’s Disease:

The risk of contracting Weil’s disease is slight but it is a serious condition and we want you to be fully informed.

As you may know, rats pee as they run. Rat urine is a source of Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease causes kidney damage and is potentially fatal. It is primarily a disease of river banks and farmyards, not river water or river mud as many believe – rats live on land!

How to protect yourself:

* Always wash your hands thoroughly before you eat or drink.
* Immediately clean and cover grazes and cuts, even small ones.
* Keep your head (eyes, nose and throat) out of the water as much as possible.

If you or a member of your group develop flu like symptoms within about three weeks of the event (the incubation period can be a lot shorter), they should be taken to the doctor immediately for diagnosis. Inform the doctor that you have been involved in river activity. Symptoms include high fever, chills, joint pain, muscle pain (esp in the calves, oddly), headaches (sometimes with light-aversion), nausea, cough, loss of appetite. It’s very unlikely but needs to be watched for.

If you follow sensible hygiene as outlined above then the risk is low.
Please retain this sheet for information

Canoe Hire Bits ‘n’ Bobs

Are there any other hints to make our trip more enjoyable?
Is there anywhere else nearby where we can hire a canoe?

Bringing your own canoe or paddle board?

Private Canoe & Paddle Board CodeHow to RegisterUnpowered BoatsPowered Boats

Canoes and Paddle Boards on the river:

At Northmoor Lock Paddocks and Long Meadow there is access to the river for canoes and paddle boards, so why not start your adventure upstream or downstream and ‘paddle-in’, or bring your canoe to site and ‘paddle-about’

Private Canoe Code:

(includes paddle boards and inflatable dinghies)
            • IMG_7620If you want to take your own canoe, paddle board or inflatable dinghy on the river you will need to register it with the Environment Agency. Visitor permits can be obtained from the lock-keeper at Northmoor Lock during lock-keeper’s duty hours
            • Use your river craft upstream of Barefoot Canoes launch point, or downstream of the ‘sheep dip’ in the Lower Lock Paddock, unless you are going through the lock
            • Northmoor Lock is not part of the campsite. Do not use the Lock lay-by to get in or out of your canoe. This is specifically for the use of large river craft waiting to enter the lock.
            • Stay well away from the weir and do not use it as a white water play spot.
            • Do not paddle in the weir pool
            • You should keep on the right hand side of the river whilst paddling
            • Keep a safe distance away from other river users, in particular larger, motorised vessels. This is especially important near the campsite as they will be concentrating on entering or leaving the lock
            • If advised campsite staff, lock keeper or any other river official that it is unsafe/unsuitable to continue paddling, leave the river at once
            • You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your party at all times
            • We strongly recommend that you bring appropriate buoyancy aids/life jackets for yourself and all your party to wear when on the river
            • Barefoot Campsites has absolutely no responsibility for the safety of you or your party
            • Be aware that water sports are considered a high risk activity and ensure that you and your party act in a responsible manner at all times
            •  

              Weil’s Disease:

              The risk of contracting Weil’s disease is slight but it is a serious condition and we want you to be fully informed.

              As you may know, rats pee as they run. Rat urine is a source of Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease causes kidney damage and is potentially fatal. It is primarily a disease of river banks and farmyards, not river water or river mud as many believe – rats live on land!

              How to protect yourself:

              * Always wash your hands thoroughly before you eat or drink.
              * Immediately clean and cover grazes and cuts, even small ones.
              * Keep your head (eyes, nose and throat) out of the water as much as possible.

              If you or a member of your group develop flu like symptoms within about three weeks of the event (the incubation period can be a lot shorter), they should be taken to the doctor immediately for diagnosis. Inform the doctor that you have been involved in river activity. Symptoms include high fever, chills, joint pain, muscle pain (esp in the calves, oddly), headaches (sometimes with light-aversion), nausea, cough, loss of appetite. It’s very unlikely but needs to be watched for.

              If you follow sensible hygiene as outlined above then the risk is low.

How to register your small boat:

You can register your boat with the Environment Agency before your visit. Please follow the links from www.visitthames.co.uk or go direct to the Environment Agencies River Thames Boat Registration www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation

On-site, visitor permits can be obtained from the lock-keeper at Northmoor Lock during lock-keeper’s duty hours:

    • April, 9am-5pm
    • May and June, till 6pm
    • July and August, till 7pm
    • September, till 6pm

(Annual registration covers you for all EA waterways)

Unpowered Boats:

    • one to six day registration – £8.50
    • 31 day registration – £16
    • Annual registration (up to 31st December) – £35.50

River Thames Boat Registration www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation

(Annual registration covers you for all EA waterways)

Powered Boats up to 10m:

    • 1 day registration – £13
    • 15 day registration – £22.50
    • 31 day registration – £38
The Visit Thames website contains some useful information on boating and fishing on the Thames.