Monmouth Canoe FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

River Activities

How many children can I take in a canoe?

IMPORTANT – each child under 14 should be supervised 1 to 1 with an adult.

A canoe must have at least 2 people in it.

The maximum is 4 – which is 2 adults with 2 children.

When there are only 2 adults and 2/3 children in one canoe/booking under 12yrs we would give you two canoes rafted together to make a stable craft. More than one family of 4 or 5 in your group booking would raft up with your other families or friends.

Where there is 1 adult and 2 children there must be 1 child who is at least 14 years old and who can look after themselves independently.

The test should be, would you be happy leaving one of the children to fend for themselves in the water, while you are looking after another?


Do I need to be able to swim?
Can We bring a dog?

They must be well behaved and kept under proper control at all times. We do not supply Buoyancy Aids for dogs. You also need to consider how a dog may affect the stability of the canoe. At no time should a dog be tied to a canoe that is either in or out of the water. Respect the local wildlife and livestock in the surrounding fields if you stop off and check with campsites

What is the minimum age to participate?

On the river it is 4 years, But as long as they fit the buoyancy aids, trips downriver of Monmouth are suitable. Ask Centre Advice. Rafted canoes are recommended for young children.

Please ask for further advice if unsure.

Is alcohol permitted whilst in a canoe on the river?

We strongly advise against consuming alcohol whilst on the river, no alcohol to be carried on our transportation or in the canoes. If stopping at a pub please keep alcohol to a minimum. Keep alcohol for when the activity has finished. Please respect your local environment and other people enjoying the river.

What type of clothing is suitable?

Wear clothing that is suited to outdoor pursuits, that are light quick to dry and items that repel water rather than absorb water. for full details on what to bring/wear please see our  what to bring/wear guide

Does the weather effect our booking?

Outdoor pursuits in UK are subjected to bad weather at times,  please dress appropriately and check the weather the day before your activity.  Where the weather has been persistently wet for a per-longed period  particularly when river level are higher than normal and unsafe we may need to reschedule the activity. you can reschedule for another day or request a refund.  Please contact us on the day of you activity if you are unsure, we also provide a river level guide and operating guidelines to give you an indication of the water levels.

Can we fish from the boats?

No, we don’t allow fishing from the boats, at campsites you must have an EA rod licence and permission from the riparian rights owner.

Can I canoe with my children?

Yes our canoeing river trips are highly family friendly, depending on the age on the children and specific river trips. we can provide trip and boat information.  Always ask Monmouth Canoe Centre for advice as we can raft two canoes together for families.

What is the difference between a canoe & a kayak?

Please see our information on the different boat types.

Do canoes or kayaks capsize?

Canoes: Sometimes they do, always be prepared, they are stable but people get caught out, take a spare top and leave a change of clothes in the car.

Kayaks: kayaks are more prone to capsizing than canoes, suitable experience of using kayaks on rivers is a must.

How far can we canoe in a day?

You can average at speed of 3.5 miles per hour over a long day with breaks. A head-wind could make this much more difficult so it sensible to not set your goals to high just in case.

  • 10-15 miles is a comfortable distance,
  • 15-20 Miles is challenging

for greater distances we recommend multi day hire with stops overnight.

Do we have watertight Storage in the boats?

Yes, we provide dry barrels with the canoes and dry bags with the kayaks. We do not guarantee these, so don’t take electricals unless you have your own suitable watertight container. Taking Mobile phone is highly recommended, although ensure its protected from the water.  Any  items taken with you or incurred losses  are at your own risk and not covered by our insurance.


Contact Us

If you have any questions that are not answered here, Please contact us

01600 716083

General Questions

Is there car parking at your centre ?

There is still free parking outside of our Centre gates

Do you have insurance or do need to get some?

Yes we are a fully insured activity provider up to Public Liability Policy £5m, we are also AALS Approved Activity Provider.

Can I camp at the Centre?

Please see our river map for local campsites or ring the Centre for further information campsites, for those looking to camping nearby we highly recommend our friends  Will over at Wye Tipi Camping which provide Tipi Camping on a meadow site next to the Canoe centre on the river bank.

Do Your have toilets and changing facilities at the canoe centre?

Yes, but no showers, the Leisure Centre opposite us can provide showers for a small charge

Do we get a map/ breifing?

Yes, we provide everybody with a map and a flat screen presentation before you leave the centre, we use a display to show you certain areas of importance like the rapids.


How do you book/ reserve a river trip or actvity?

To make a booking you can use one of the following options:

  1. Send a booking enquiry via our contact form to check availability, we will then contact you to take payment and book in your scheduled activity.
  2. Contact us on 01600 716083 with the details of your chosen activity,  dates and party size to check availability.  We will take your payment over the phone and confirm your booking.
What payment types do you accept?

Debit Cards Only or Cash  are both accepted on the day, or debit cards can be used to pay deposits at the time of booking via telephone. The is no charge for paying by debit card.

Sorry we are unable to accept creditcards

Can I cancel / rearrange a booking we've made

Yes you can cancel :

  • With 7 days notice or more  incurs an admin fee of 10%
  • 7 days or less notice, will incur loss deposit paid.
  • Full price is applicable for less numbers on the day .

We are happy to rearrange your book activity where possible and subject to availability, we request 7 days notice to change your activity.

Do I need to book in advance?

We highly recommend that you book/ make reservations as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment, especially during busy periods throughout June. July, August,  Weather and River conditions dictate viability of any trip or activity.

Is there a minimum/ Maximum number of people required ?
  • For river trips yes there is a Min of 2 Adults required, unless on a guided river trip.
  • For  Individual activities – the minimum is 1 person over the minimum age for the specif activity,  Adventure Activities generally require a minimum of 4 people to be run.
  • Group Bookings and Group events, requirement a minimum of 6 persons, we  are equipped to deal with large groups, if you have concerns about your group size please contact us on 01600 716083.