Kayak Hire

Hire a Kayak at Hadleigh Park.

Kayak hire on the Hadleigh Park Reservoir is one of the parks most popular activities. Whether you are experienced or a complete novice it is a beautiful place to enjoy being on the water. Kayaking is suitable for age 6 and above. All equipment is supplied and a buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

Single or Double Kayak?

There are both single and double Kayaks for hire. A single is suitable for one adult and child. A double is suitable for two persons. We recommend double kayaks for those with younger children or those who need to boost their water confidence. Each session is a 30 minute hire with a maximum of two slots per booking (1 hour). Online bookings accommodate 30 minute hire, to book an hour please contact our office directly on 01702 551072.

Kayak Dates & Times

Hadleigh Park Reservoir will re-open in Spring 2018 – follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with new times.

What to wear?

It is a watersport so you will get wet! Water will come into the kayak (don’t worry it is designed that way!!) around the seating area. It is best to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Hadleigh does have changing facilities on site. Bring surf shoes or old shoes that can get wet, alternatively it is possible to go barefoot.

Buoyancy aids are supplied. Hadleigh park buoyancy aids must be worn at all times, therefore  your own equipment is not allowed for this activity.

Kayak Hire Prices

 Kayak  Price  Duration
Single £6 – 2017 prices 30 minutes
Double £10 – 2017 prices 30 minutes


On Arrival

Arrive at least 10 minutes before your allotted time and go straight to the Hadleigh Park Office. This will allow for the necessary consent forms to be completed before going to the reservoir. All participants must have an up to date consent form completed before they will be allowed to participate. Do not go straight to the reservoir as you will be asked to return to the office and consequently this may reduce your time on the water.

Kayaking Rules

  • This is not a swimming activity.
  • The minimum age of 6 years applies to this activity.
  • An adult must be present at the reservoir at all times while participants aged 6-17 years participate.
  • A consent form must be completed and signed for all persons before participating in this event.
  • A parent/guardian must be present and sign for minors.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.
  • Only Hadleigh Park equipment and buoyancy aids may be used in this activity.
  • Sessions start promptly.

Fun Facts

There is a difference between a kayak and a canoe. The main one is due to the sitting position of the paddler.  A canoe requires a kneeling position. A kayak requires the paddler to sit. Also the number of blades of the paddle differs. A canoe has one blade on just one end of the paddle. A kayak has double blades, so one blade is found on each end of the paddle.

Both kayaking and canoeing are Olympic sports.