Moo Canoes launch in London

by Ian Tokelove
Moo canoes

Moo Canoes - canoe hire and guided tours in London

London is gaining a new canoe hire company in the shape of Moo Canoes, who are promising to bring adventure and alternative sightseeing tours to the waterways of central London.

Moo Canoes have a pedigree herd of cow-print canoes at their base in Limehouse, giving them excellent access to the Thames, as well as London’s widespread canal network.

As well as providing canoe hire for use on the canals, Moo Canoes are also offering sightseeing trips on the Thames. Their easy to handle boats and experienced guides will allow even novice paddlers to enjoy adventurous Thames tours. Trips vary according to the ability of those in the party, from fun-filled tasters to longer journeys beyond the Thames Barrier.

Those who prefer to paddle the calmer waters of the canals can spend a day exploring the Regents Canal, the Limehouse cut, the Hertford Union and the River Lea Navigation, which form a 9.3km loop for day trips, or they can choose from a number of ‘out and back’ options for shorter trips.

Moo canoes - canoe and kayak hire and tours in London

Novice-friendly equipment, splash-proof over clothes, quality safety kit and trained safety staff are all on hand to allow total beginners the chance to enjoy these trips in safety and comfort. Canal trips are unguided, but participants will receive a briefing from a qualified coach before departure, ensuring they can control the vessel safely and portage canal locks along the way.

Moo Canoes can also provide one-to-one coaching, team activities and rolling clinics, as well as British Canoe Union (BCU) One, Two and Three Star awards and BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training.

To find out more or to book your own urban adventure, visit the website:

Further information

For local clubs see Canoe clubs in London

For commercial canoe hire and guided tours see Canoe hire in London

For ideas on where to kayak and canoe in London see Places to canoe in London

Moo Canoes, alongside other companies which operate commercial canoe tours on the tidal sections of the River Thames, have been granted a craft-specific Local Knowledge Endorsement by the Port of London Authority, after undertaking a lengthy qualification period.

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