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Kayaking Trips West Sussex

Pulborough, West Sussex   

  • Kayaking on the River Arun in West Sussex
  • Choose between 2 different itineraries
  • Both kayak tours last around 13km
  • All the gear you need is included

What's Included

  • Explore the South Downs by water 
  • Safety briefing and instruction on how to use the kayaking equipment
  • Learn basic kayaking techniques
  • Paddle the river at a leisurely pace, whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside and wildlife
  • British canoeing permits from the Environmental agency are included in this trip
  • You will form part of a group of between 4-8 people

Choose from the following options

  • River Arun (Upper) - Stopham Bridge to Pallingham Quay - 4 hour trip (13km) approximately 
  • River Arun (Middle) - Pullborough to Amberley - 4.5 hour trip (12km) approximately

What Can I Expect

Kayaking in West Sussex - paddling up or downstream on the River Arun! Explore West Sussex and the South Downs on these leisurely trips led by an expert kayaking guide. All are invited, whether you're a beginner or an accomplished paddler.

The River Arun flows 37 miles from its source at St Leonard's Forest, through West Sussex, to its estuary in the English Channel at Littlehampton. It can be a pretty fast flowing river and it's actually tidal right up until Pallingham Quay, which is 25-miles in land from the sea!

Your guide will be on the case when it comes to checking the tides to ensure conditions are optimal for your kayaking trip. They will also make sure you're all kitted out with the right gear (this operator uses the sit-on-top style kayaks) and have a clear understanding of the safety procedures before you head off.

We are offering a couple of different trip itineraries for you. You can either set off from Stopham Bridge and head upstream to Pallingham Quay, or you can paddle down from Pulborough to near Amberley. Both excursions offer beautiful countryside, views and a whole lot of paddling fun for all ages and abilities.

The upper part of the River Arun at Stopham Bridge starts out quite wide, with open views. As you paddle towards Pallingham, you'll see the course of the water gets narrower and more wild as you go. This is West Sussex's agricultural heart, with ploughed and planted fields, horse studs and farms all around.

The middle part of the River Arun near Pulborough sees the water flowing right through the South Downs and in fact, you'll pass through Waltham Brooks Nature Reserve on your way down to Amberley. You're also not far from the Arun Valley railway line, so expect to pass under some bridges, including the historic Greatham Bridge.

Both of these kayaking trips in West Sussex last a good four hours plus, giving you plenty of time to practice your techniques, check out the wildlife and take in the River Arun views. All in all, a lovely day out in the countryside!


  • Selected weekday and weekend dates between March and October


  • River Arun - near Pulborough/Billingshurst, West Sussex

Suitable For

  • Suitable for both beginners and regular paddlers
  • Minimum age 18
  • Maximum weight 18 stone (115kg)
  • Participants should be able to swim 50m unaided
  • A good general level of fitness is required


  • Due to the nature of this activity it is not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

  • Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn
  • A change of clothing and appropriate footwear is also required
  • You will form part of a small group for this experience
kayaking west sussex
Kayaking Trips West Sussex
River Arun Kayaking Trip
Total Price£69.00
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