The Boat Club (a subsidiary club of HPSSA) currently has one river boat, two canoes and four kayaks for use by HPSSA members and their accompanied guests only.


To use club boats you need to be a member of the Howbery Park Sports and Social Association (HPSSA).


Club Boats

Canoes and Kayaks

We have all the necessary equipment required for use of the canoes and kayaks including: paddles, buoyancy aids, spray decks and a trolley for transporting and launching the open canoes.

Open (Canadian)

Two 3-person

There are two, 3-person, 16ft canoes, ideal for touring on the river or further afield with family or friends. These are stored behind the bike sheds close to the Fountain Building.

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14ft Touring

Two Dagger Charleston

We also have two 14ft touring kayaks with drop down skegs, comfy seats and footrests etc. There are also 2 dry storage portholes for carrying camping gear or clothing / picnics.

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10ft 2” Hybrid

Two Pyranha Fusion

At HPSSA we can also provide two x 10’2” hybrid kayaks for touring or whitewater with drop down skeg, flip top seat, thigh and foot rests and 1 storage porthole.

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Club Boats

Howbery Spark

Howbery Spark is a day boat that is 6.70 metres in length, has a beam of 2.50 metres and is powered by an electric inboard engine. There is a charging point at the HR Wallingford Boat House mooring. A full charge allows for approximately 6 hours of cruising. It is be possible to use the boat for more than a day, to do this you will need to find a charging point and arrange to book a mooring with the lock keeper in advance. A list of charging points, available on the Thames, is available from see The boat can accommodate 6 to 8 people (up to a maximum of 10 people); it has a small gallery, sink, some consumables and some basic mugs, plates, cutlery. There is also a kettle and spirit stove on board. A chemical toilet is on board too.

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How much does it cost to rent?


  Time Period  Charge
Howbery Spark Weekend (2 days)

 £ 100 

Howbery Spark Weekend and Bank Holiday Day

 £ 55 

Howbery Spark  Weekday Day

 £ 30 

Howbery Spark Weekday Evening (from 4pm)

 £ 20 

Canoe / Kayak  Week

 £ 35 

Canoe / Kayak  Day

 £ 10 

Canoe / Kayak  Half Day

 £ 7 

Canoe / Kayak  Evening

 £ 7 

Canoe / Kayak  Lunchtime

 £ 3 

 Equipment  Various Free of charge to boat users

For more useful information about Boat Hire from the HPSSA, please see here.

When can I rent?


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If you would like to book any of the boats provided by Howbery Park Sports and Social Association you can use the Booking Form at the bottom of this page or by contacting the Boat Club.

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Wallingford, UK
01491 822899

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