River Arun (Upper) - West Sussex

Group Bookings Only

£65pp (Group Size 4-6)
£62pp (Group Size 7-8)
£59pp (Group Size 9-10)
£56pp (Group Size 11-13)



Group Size


Distance - 13km
Level - Easy
Permits - None required
Tidal - Yes (this trip is only possible at certain times of the tide, please contact us to find out more).

Adapted to suit the needs and ability of the group, ensuring everyone has fun paddling the river whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

Who it's for
Groups who are looking for a day out with a difference! Suitable for anyone interested in taking up kayaking or those just wanting to explore the South Downs by water!

There are no prerequisites for this trip, but you must be able to swim 50m and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Please note: that this trip is only possible when the tides are right, please contact us to find out more.

River Arun - near Pulborough / Billingshurst - West Sussex

Equipment Supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment supplied (except for wetsuits etc.)

Equipment Needed

Sit-on-top kayak (closed cockpit kayaks can be requested), paddle and buoyancy aid.

Maximum Weight - 18 stone (115kg)
Recommended Minimum Age - 14yrs
Minimum Age - 10yrs (Please note that younger children may not have the stamina to complete the whole journey).

Had a brilliant kayaking trip on the River Arun in Sussex thanks to Tom at Hatt. A great four hours spent in the sunshine on the water, starting and ending at Stopham Bridge and with a pit stop on the way. Wonderful scenery and gentle enough for everyone in the group. Plus there's even a pub at the end point for a well-earned pint.

Highly recommended and will definitely do it again!

Great day out with our friendly and knowledgeable guide Tom. Tom was able to tailor our trip on the river to our needs - four middle aged and rather unfit people. We wanted a day where we would be a bit challenged but also able to enjoy the water, scenery and wildlife. Tom was able to make sure we felt both safe but also provided a memorable day out. Very much recommended!

Paula R

It was a great way to get together and spend an active day with my children, who are now away from home working or at uni. We all really enjoyed it. Thanks!


Had a great introduction to kayaking on the River Arun with Tom, who was as patient with two creaky old men as he was with their over-enthusiastic children. But if you're a beginner, heed his advice and don't try and make a whole day of it... it's tiring stuff!

Hugh Williams

Three middle aged mums with five teenagers had a great time on a perfect summer's day in beautiful countryside. Tom was a great guide - he was patient, calm and fun and encouraged us all the way. Great tuition which stopped us from going around in circles! Would recommend for a good family day out for mixed ages.

Louise Davies

Fantastic morning! So much fun, really good instruction and advice. Lots of wildlife seen and games played! Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in giving kayaking a go or anyone who has been before! :D

Rebecca Winstanley

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you ,had a wonderful day and thank you for going over time, no aches and pains next day!


I booked myself, husband and two teenage boys (14 and 16) on the river arun trip, June 2012. Our very friendly guide Tom was waiting for us when we arrived with the equipment all ready. We went over the basics on land for a few mins and then had a very exciting launch. My husband capsized immediateley - very much to the delight of the kids!! The first 15 mins or so things were a little tricky as these river kayaks are a lot more sensitive that the sea kayaks we had prior experience with. However with Toms patient guidance we were soon all gliding along the serene river banks very nicely, spotting herons and swans along the way. After a picnic lunch on the river bank, on our way back, Tom produced a ball and we had great fun in an excellent game that had us madly chasing down the ball by kayak - nudging each other, turning small circles and going backwards like pro's.

I thoroughly recommend this trip for a family with active teenagers or a group of adventurous adults.