Boat hire on the Campsite

Printable documents Boats information and  Boat group information.
Llyn Gwynant campsite is bounded by the lake and river and is ideal for paddling fun. Llyn Gwynant Boat hire operates from a small jetty on the riverside, see our Campsite map for details and is open at Easter and early bank holidays. If the weather is suitable boat hire operates every weekend from June to September and every day during the summer holidays, always depending on the weather. Boat hire is run by a qualified instructor but is a hire service only: instructors are available for group instruction only by prior arrangement. Discounts are offered for groups, see printable document above. Families are welcome. Those who have not paddled before can start in the river to gain confidence, then venture into the lake.

  • Boats are hired by the hour on the campsite  on weekends June to September and every day in the high season if weather is suitable. Groups can hire at other times by arrangement.
  • Instruction is by prior arrangement only for groups of 6 or more, by an AALA registered instructor.
  • Group discounts are offered for 6 or more boats tor for sessions of 2 hours or more, see below.

Note: The water temperature in the river and lake can be much colder than the sea so no jeans are permitted.

Discounts for Groups

Single boat bookings are not accepted but groups of 10 or more people wanting to use the boats for 3 hours or more are offered discounted rates and can book boat hire:

  • Groups of 10 or more people hiring together in either a morning or afternoon session pay just £12 per head per 3 hours. For example 4 single kayaks and 3 Canadian canoes for 10 people for 3 hours would be £120*.

Mornings sessions are preferred, usually from 10.00 am. Please contact us to book a group boat hire and if the boats are available for the date you want a deposit of £50 will be required to secure the session. This can be paid using our Payment link. Cancellation must be 24 hours before the date for the deposit to be returned. Group discounts without a booking are subject to availability. Generally your leaders or instructors are responsible for everyone in your group and we simply provide boats, paddles and buoyancy aids, though you might prefer to use your own. A qualified instructor can be provided if you give us enough notice. We have a separate Activities page with details of adventures including paddling that do provide instruction.

*All our rates include VAT so ask for a VAT invoice if you are VAT registered.

Standard rates for boat hire

Our fleet at Llyn Gwynant includes:

  • 16 single kayaks (large open cockpit)
  • 3 sit-on-tops (FatYak)
  • 8 double kayaks
  • 8 Canadian canoes
  • 1 raft (2 Canadian canoes permanently rafted together)
  • 8 stand up paddle boards (SUPs)

Our charges are per hour with discounts for large groups for longer sessions, see opposite.
Standard charges:

Equipment Charge per hour Comments
Single kayak £6.00 Includes buoyancy aid*
Double kayak £12.00 Includes buoyancy aid*
Canadian canoe £18.00 Includes buoyancy aid, takes 3 adults or 2 adults plus 2 children*
Paddle board £8.00 Includes buoyancy aid, paddle
* cags and helmets also available if required.