LiveFree Adventures has moved into our new boat house down by Dundas Aqueduct, just outside of Bath.
Situated at the southern end of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beaty (AONB) on the River Avon, whether you are a pro or a complete novice, there really isn't a more scenic place to hit the water.
At our boathouse, you will find all the paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes you could throw a paddle at, a changing area, secure storage, refreshments, and plenty of smiles & encouragement.
Offering Kayak Hire, Canoe Hire and Paddleboard Hire in Bath, next time you are in the area, why not pop down and see us!
Check out our FAQ's below as you will find answers to most of your questions down there.
Our boathouse is underneath the world famous Dundas Aqueduct, on the River Avon, just outside of Bath, Somerset.
Because we have a riverside location there's no registered postal address however you can find us using What3Words, a postcode or Google maps.
What3Words location - ///shell.factor.handy
Local postcode - BA2 7BL
Google maps - https://goo.gl/maps/zPGDU4aosyoU7m2F8
Our Boathouse is located in a really unique site, right on the River Avon but with the Kennet & Avon Canal running almost over our heads. This means you can jump straight on the river from our pontoon or walk up a set of stairs and launch onto the Canal.
No other riverside hire location (that we know of) can you paddle in 4 different directions, meaning even the least adventurouscan visit us 4 times before even considering getting bored.
For the more adventurous amongst us, you can actually loop the the canal and river together for a horseshoe paddle. This is one of our most popular hire sessions and means you can keep traveling forwards on your adventure and still end up back at our boathouse.
Launching on the Canal at Dundas Aqueduct, you paddle 4k to the Avoncliff Aqueduct where you can egress; either stopping for lunch at the Cross Guns Pub or jumping straight back on the River for the 5K paddle back down to Dundas.
This loop takes intermediate paddlers about 2.5 hours each way and does involved navigating a slow flowing weir.
Although there is a limited amount of free parking on the A36 Warminster Rd, there is a locally owned carpark called Brass Knocker Basin Carpark which is the closest place to park.
What3words location - ///spring.avoid.tune
Local postcode - BA2 7JD
Google maps -https://goo.gl/maps/A5J12oHh1xpBGHJo8
To avoid the disappointment of us being fully booked or having no signal for onsite payments (we are at the bottom on a valley); its best to pre-book and pay online however we do accept Cash, Cards, Contactless and Crypto for walk up bookings at all of our sites.
We offer 10% discount to
To claim this discount, book and pay full price online and upon attendance evidence proof of discount for a 10% refund.
In a way you can! We like to do our bit for the environment so to help keep the river clean, we offer mesh bags that participants can use for river cleaning. Depending on the percentage of the bag filled; we will match this percentage refunded.
1 full bag = 1 free hire
Don't try and be sneaky though, we can tell the difference from river litter and your left over paddle snacks!
For Paddleboard hire - you are given a board, paddle, waist leash and buoyancy aid (if you are hiring for longer sessions we can supply you with the bag, pump and repair kit, just ask us!)
For Kayak hire - you are given a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid.
For Canoe hire - you are given a canoe, 2 paddles and a 2 buoyancy aid's.
If you need extra equipment, for instance taking the little'n; then we have extra equipment available for hire.
We prefer a cash deposit of £50 however we appreciate that it's not always possible, so as an alternative; you can leave a form of ID and a bankcard or car keys.
Please let our team know. Fees will be applied for lost or damaged equipment.
The short answer is no, anybody can hire our equipment. We always talk people through how to use the equipment correctly and safely, we would however suggest that its best practice to have a beginners lesson with us first.
All of our customers are given a buoyancy aid and are strongly advised to wear them throughout the hire session.
Yes! Our hire is suitable for ages 6+ and 6-8 year olds will need to sit on the front of their adults board/kayak. 8-18 year olds must be accompanied on the water by an adult with a maximum 3:1 ratio.
The aim of the game is to not fall in the water, however this can happen! So wear anything you are comfortable getting wet and potentially swimming in. If you don't have anything then don't worry, you can hire or buy a wetsuit & boots from us.
We have 24 wire mesh lockers available for everyone to use on a first come first serve basis. Either bring your own padlock and use them for free or rent a padlock from us for just £1 (£5 Deposit).
We have a changing area but no toilet at the boathouse.
The nearest toilet is located in the Somerset Coal Canal Visitors centre by the Brass Knocker carpark (where you park). This however is a privately owned facility, so please pop in and make a purchase from the Angelfish cafe.
Yes, we do. We sell and hire
The boathouse itself is riverside, under the Aqueduct meaning that there's a set of stairs that can't be easily navigated by wheelchair users. As the access from the carpark to the Canal is wheelchair friendly, we can however meet you on the upper level and facilitate your paddlesport session on the canal instead.
With can also provide a 3x3m gazebo as a changing area.
If there are any other adjustments we can make to facilitate your time on the water, please just drop us a message and we will be happy to help.
Yes you're more than welcome to launch or land your own craft here at our boathouse, in fact; its strongly encouraged.
We have facilities that your more than welcome to make use of! changing rooms, lockers, spare equipment, refreshments and anything you may have forgotten; can all be found at the boathouse.
We do however ask for a £5 launching/landing fee to help pay towards the upkeep and maintenance of this beautiful area.
Not only do we offer hire for your adventures, we also offer hire for your special event.
Not sure what to get your loved one on their special occasion, well now you can give a gift where the memories will last a life time. Send a gift card to friends and family or buy it now for future use.