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Thames Skiff Hire

Looking for Thames Skiff Hire? Hiring a traditional Thames camping skiff for a weekend, week, or longer, is a wonderful way to explore the River Thames. Camping afloat or on the river bank offers a unique experience where the pace and stresses of the modern world can be left behind.

We offer one-way or round-trip skiff hire in traditional Thames camping skiffs. Popular routes are Lechlade to Oxford (approx. 3 days) Oxford to London (approx. 6 days) – or anything in between! In total the Thames offers 130 miles of navigable river upstream of London. Camp sites, riverside pubs and beautiful scenery are plentiful and for the most part the rowing is easy.

We provide the boat, boat tent if you hire a camping skiff, mooring pins, ropes, buoyancy aids, a guide to the river (including distance charts and navigation advice) the relevant licence and insurance.

Our hire rate is £125 per day for 24′ camping skiffs and £95 per day for our smaller skiffs. Both can carry 3 people, or 4 with reduced luggage. We charge £130 for delivery and collection from Oxford and Lechlade (£65 each way) and £180 for delivery to Oxford and retrieval from London.

Example pricing:

Lechlade to Oxford (one-way) 3 days by Traditional Thames Camping Skiff
• 3 days hire at £125 per day
• Delivery to Lechlade and retrieval from Oxford – £130
• Total cost: £505*

Oxford to London (one way) 6 days by 16′ GRP Skiff
• 6 days hire at £95 per day
• Collection from Teddington – £180
• Total cost: £750*



More Information?

Please fill out the short form below or call us on +44 (0)7399 303 731 to discuss your requirements and confirm availability and pricing.


Once we’ve agreed the details of your trip, skiff availability and pricing we’ll ask you to fill out the online Skiff Hire Booking Form, where you’ll find more information about our Skiff Hire terms and conditions including cancellation (For 2021 we have relaxed our cancellation policy if your booking is affected Government lockdown due to Covid-19, please contact us for more details)

Frequently Asked…

What boats do you have?

Our boats are classic fixed seat rowing skiffs, camping skiffs and gigs.

How many people can we have onboard?

Our skiffs are for three adults: two rowing (sculling) and one steering. It is possible for two people to handle our skiffs, and they will seat four, but this reduces the space available for luggage. Our gigs can carry up to 7.

How much does it cost?

We charge a daily rate for our skiffs based on the size of the boat, and a delivery & retrieval rate based on the distance travelled. Please contact us for confirmation of our rates and for gig hire rates.

Where can we go?

The Thames offers 130 miles of navigable boating, from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to Teddington in London. We can arrange hire on other waterways by special arrangement.

Where can we pick up and return the boats?

By arrangement at the time of booking boats can be delivered and retrieved from a number of places along the Thames or other waterways, by special arrangement.

What time shall we collect and return the boat?

This is by arrangement at the time of booking but is usually around 9 am on day 1 of the hire and 5 on the final day.

What’s provided?

Boat and oars, a river guide book, a lock and cable, mooring pins, boat hook, a paddle and buoyancy aids (if requested). In the case of camping skiffs, we provide a boat tent, but we do not provide any camping equipment (cooking utensils etc.)

Can we sleep on-board?

Two can sleep on our camping skiffs, or three at a squeeze. It’s not possible to sleep on our other skiffs.

Where can we stay each night? With a camping skiff you can moor overnight along much of the river. There are also many camp sites along the river. Some stay at riverside pubs and hotels, or accommodation a short distance from the river.

Where can we leave the boat?

You can moor at many of the camping sites and other accommodation along the river (more information on our web site) you should not leave the boat unattended overnight unless it’s by agreement at a recognised mooring place.

How far can we travel each day?

This depends on many factors including time waiting for Locks (busier at weekends) your rowing ability and fitness, the flow rate of the river, and how many pubs you visit along the route! We estimate 2.5 miles per hour, with an average overall daily distance of 10-15 miles as a guide. Please refer to our distance guide with this estimate in mind when planning your accommodation.

What if we don’t make it to the arranged destination?

Please call us as soon as there any changes to your plans. It’s possible for us to retrieve boats from a number of places along the river. You will have to arrange pick up from your new arrival point.

What are the insurance arrangements?

Hirers are liable for the first £200 of damage to the boat, including oars and other equipment supplied.

Still More Information?

Skiff Hire Resources and Sample Itineraries
Skiff Hire FAQs PDF download

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