• Overview
  • Trip Outline
  • Trip Includes
  • Conditions, Ratios & Weather

Half Day Canoe & Kayak Hire

A half day canoe or kayak hire trips currently see you starting from the small town of Hay-on-Wye, paddling approximately 5 miles downstream to the Boat Inn at Whitney-on-Wye, the perfect place to stop and reward yourself at the end of your paddle.

Your day will begin by arriving at our Canoe Hire Centre, where we will sign you in and equip you with a buoyancy aid & paddle. Once you and your group are ready, you will be transported down to the launching point in Hay-on-Wye. Here our experienced staff will give you a short brief about the river and basic paddling techniques to see you through, before laucnhing your and your boats on the water.

The half day trip is a leisurely journey downstream towards the collection point Whitney-on-Wye. Along the way you will encounter a few shallow rapids as well as a variety of local wildlife such as: ducks, swans, herons and even fishermen.  Once you arrive at the collection point, one of our hire team will collect you and transport you and the equipment back to the canoe hire centre.

Craft available to hire:

  • 2 or 3 person open canoes
  • Single person sit-on-top kayaks
  • Two person tandem kayaks

How to Book

If you wish to make a booking or discuss an activity day please give us a call on 01497 847897.
Alternatively you can check availability & book online via our main website www.blackmountain.co.uk

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SPRING/SUMMER ROUTE (April to October):
River Wye - Hay-on-Wye to Whitney (5 miles)

AUTUMN/WINTER ROUTE (October to April):
Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal – Brecon Theatre to Storehouse Bridge (4.5 Miles)

Session Times

Half Day (approx. 2.5 hrs)
Morning - 9:15am - 12:30pm
Afternoon - 1:15pm to 4:30pm

Session Cost

Canoes - £35pp
Single sit-on-kayaks - £35pp
Tandem sit-on-kayaks - £70 per kayak


Canoe hire takes place on a local body of water, close to the activity centre. You will need to arrive at:

Black Mountain Adventure
Three Cocks


  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Chosen Craft & Paddle
  • Map
  • Transport


  • Comfortable clothing suitable for getting wet i.e. sportswear
  • Towel
  • Full change of clothes
  • Trainers
  • Do not bring valuables where possible

Restrictions, Ratios & Weather

Booking Conditions

  • Minimum of 2 people required to book
  • There must be correct number of adults per children, see ratios below.
  • Sit-on-Top Kayaks min. age 14 years +. Experience required. Adult rate will apply
  • Previous paddling experience is required when hiring.

Adult : Child Ratios

There must be a suitable number of adults when paddling with children aged:

8yrs - 12yrs – 2 adults per child (sharing a boat)
13yrs - 15yrs – 1 adult per child sharing a boat

Minimum age on hire is 8 years old.

When planning to paddle with children, be honest about your ability to manage their safety in a river environment. Please call for further clarity on ratios. Guided trips are also available.

River Environment & Weather

Prior to your arrival river levels & weather conditions are checked by our staff to ensure they meet the correct conditions for canoe, kayak or paddleboard hire that day. Should river levels be deemed unsuitable by Black Mountain Activities Ltd, hire will take place on the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal.

Familiarise yourself with the river environment before your trip. Check out this handy guide by British Canoeing HERE