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Tonbridge River Trips Rowing Boat Hire



Located next to The Big Bridge in Tonbridge High Street, we offer easily accessible rowing boats for hire by the hour.



If a peaceful guided trip is not energetic enough for you then we have rowing boats for hire.



TonbridgeRiverTrips_DisabilitySign (4K)If any person in the party has a disability please contact us to discuss requirements and access before travelling.

Row Boat Hire FAQ

When are rowing boats available? Rowing boats are available from 1100 to last hire at 4pm... (weather and river permitting)
See schedule
for a rough idea they operate:-
  • 21 May to July - weekends plus bank holidays
  • School Summer Holidays - Everyday
  • September - weekends
  • October to May - closed
Can I book for today? Hirings cannot be made online for today. Only by Phone on 07308 956947 after 11am
How do I book in advance? There is a link at the bottom of this page to a booking request form
How many can get in a boat? The boats are designed to hold a maximum 400Kg (60St) and be easily rowed,
so can take up to 4 adults and 2 children
Are babies ok on the rowing boats? Sorry no, under 2's are not permitted on rowing boats
Do you provide lifejackets? We insist that under 14's wear a buoyancy aid - we will provide them,
we also have limited stock of others if requested
Where can we go? We advise rowing upstream and going to the right, round the island,
keeping the island on your left side, do not pass under the railway bridge
but return downstream back to the mooring.
What happens if something goes wrong
or we get lost?
We provide a map in the boats with our emergency contact number
and there is a power boat providing safety cover.
How long do we get? The hire is for 1 hour please adhere to the time as we will have other bookings waiting,
if you are uncertain of making it round the island turn round and come back in good time.
How old must you be to take out a boat? An adult (16+) is required to be in the boat and responsible for the hire at all times
How much does it cost? The cost of boat hire is £5 per Adult and £2.50 for under 16's
with a minimum hire of £10 per hour, paid in advance,
proof of ID may be required prior to the hire.

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Tonbridge Rowing Boat Hire Terms and Conditions
Ver3 Nov 2020

  1. Bookings can be made for any number up to 6 (max 4 adults else mix adults and children over 2 and under 16's) provided they are all from one household or bubble.
  2. Hiring's can only be made for days/times when we are running, to hire or enquire about days or times outside these please Email
  3. Hiring's cannot be made online for today - Phone 07308 956947 for the manager
  4. Under 2's are not permitted on rowing boats
  5. Children (under16) and vulnerable adults MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult (16+).
  6. On the booking form please enter all the names of your party with their phone numbers or for under 16's name and age - for track and trace purposes.
  7. Tonbridge River Trips will check the booking request and email or phone you back within 2 working days to finalise the booking.
  8. The charges for rowing boat hire are £5 for adults £2.50 for under 16's per hour.
  9. When Tonbridge River Trips contact you re the booking we will request full payment for the hire as booked and provide ways of paying.
  10. Non-payment for the hire by 6am the morning of the day before the booked date will cancel the booking. We will email a reminder in good time.
  11. In the event that the hire cannot proceed, for any reason, other than your non-attendance, the payment (less 3 admin fee) will be returned or held against a revised date.
  12. The hire starts and ends from the Big Bridge in Tonbridge High Street access via the steps, please arrive 5 minutes before departure and wait in the area above the mooring, away from the gate and steps.
  13. Once the boat and mooring are sanitised you will be invited down to the boat, please wear mask/face coverings from the gate until you have left the mooring, please use hand sanitiser provided before the hire and upon return.
  14. There will be a QR code displayed for checking in on the Track and Trace app.
  15. On the mooring we will check your names, provide a quick briefing and assist you boarding the boat, please follow all the managers' instructions.
  16. Once you have left the mooring you may remove your mask/face covering but please put it back on when you return.
  17. Minimise standing and moving around in the boat.
  18. The rowing area is limited downstream by the Town lock and upstream by the Railway bridge, this provides a large area of slow moving Medway river and surrounding area to explore. Do not exceed the limits without prior permission.
  19. Buoyancy aids must be worn by under 14's and are available to all on request - these will be sanitised and dried as much as possible, between hires.
  20. Removing a boat from the river will be considered as theft and the police will be informed.
  21. Keep to the right-hand side of the river if you meet other boats or craft
  22. Wait for the boatperson to steady and secure the boat before embarking or disembarking, follow instructions. Be aware that you maybe unsteady when disembarking
  23. Late return, damage or loss of equipment will incur additional charges.
  24. Tonbridge River Trips undertake to supply equipment fit for purpose to the hirer, there are costs for damages or loss of equipment.
  25. Tonbridge River Trips reserves the right to end a hire to any person(s) without prejudice, explanation, or refund.
  26. All water activity carries a risk, when you hire you are accepting this as your own risk.
  27. Tonbridge River Trips reserves the right to alter this information at any time.


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