River Access & Craft Hire

Canoe going down the river hamble

Self launch

Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the glorious River Hamble by launching your own kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard for just £5.50 per craft per visit.  Available for day visitors or those staying on site, launch is from our pontoon and slipway. Take a look at our Guide to self-launch here.

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Craft hire

The calm waters the River Hamble are perfect for gentle paddles in one of our craft. Hire from our range of craft by the hour and we’ll supply you with relevant paddle, buoyancy aid and river guidance. Hires are subject to availability – see the Craft Hire Agreement for more information.


A single or double person kayak, relax and unwind as you take control of your own boat and float along the river.
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Get together with friends and family and set off down the river. Create unforgettable memories and bond with loved ones!
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Paddle Board

Find your balance, gliding along the water and feeling the sun on your skin. The perfect adventure for all abilities!
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Experience the ultimate team sport on the water - KataKanu, the perfect blend of skill and teamwork!
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1:1 Coaching

Are you starting your paddle adventures? Gain confidence in your abilities with our experienced instructor where you will receive dedicated attention on the basics of moving a craft around the water and entry and exit – ideal for beginners in our sheltered stretch of the upper reaches of the River Hamble.

Is it your birthday soon?

Book a birthday party at Fairthorne Manor that can include water activities for you and your friends.

Get Paddling

Once you have admitted at reception on the driveway, car parking is available right beside the water; if the waterside car park is full more spaces are available on the main field. Once parked, we kindly request to not wander around the rest of the site and remain by the water before and after your session. This is to ensure the safety of children using the site at all times.