Frequent Questions

Please find below answers to our most frequently asked questions.
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Access to Cliveden is currently on a ticketed basis in order to maintain visitor numbers at a safe level. You can purchase entry tickets (free for National Trust members) as part of our online booking process.

Once you have booked your boating experience, your entry to the estate is allocated within the daily visitor capacity on site. Please present confirmation of your boat booking at the main entrance to the Cliveden Estate when you arrive for your hire session.

Tickets allocated as part of a boat booking are valid for entry at any time on the day of your booking.

If you have already booked and are looking for directions to the river please click here for a map.

We are lucky enough to operate out of the beautifully restored boathouse at Cliveden Estate. To find us please use postcode SL1 8NS and park in the main car park on site at the top of the estate. The boathouse is a 20-30 minute walk from the car park, just follow the signage to the river.

Please note the shuttle bus service is suspended until further notice due to COVID-19

As Cliveden Estate is a National Trust property a pre-booked ticket to allow entry is essential. Entry fees are applicable if you are not already a National Trust member. Tickets can be booked through Boating at Cliveden as part of the online booking process. The latest information can be found on the National Trust Cliveden website.

Where possible we have carefully selected our boats to be suitable in all weathers - we do operate in England after all!

The skippered cruises and self drive launches have full length canopies to keep you covered and dry in the event of a shower.
Our unpowered boats by their nature are uncovered - we still operate in light rain and recommend you bring suitable clothing. In the event of heavy weather or if it is not deemed safe for you to go out we will of course aim to rebook or offer a refund.

Please note all our operations are subject to river and weather conditions - if we are forced to cancel your booking on safety grounds we will rebook or fully refund your trip.

Our modern self drive fleet have been specially selected to be as simple and safe to operate as possible. No previous experience or licence is required, we'll give you a full briefing on how the boat works and the safety equipment onboard before you go.

All boats must have a designated skipper over the age of 21 who will be responsible for the boat and passengers while you are out. A security deposit in the form of card details will be required and a waiver agreed to at the time of booking to ensure that you are fully insured.

We have a full range of buoyancy aids available on site. These are compulsory for all guests on canoes as well as for children aged 12 or under and non-swimmers on all other boats.

Suitably sized buoyancy aids will be provided for all other passengers upon request.

Please note it is the parents responsibility to ensure that buoyancy aids are worn by children for the full duration of your trip.

We welcome dogs aboard most our self drive boats as long as the dog is happy! Please ensure they are clean when boarding as any additional cleaning required would be chargeable from your deposit.

Due to the mixed groups of guests carried aboard our Skippered Launches we cannot guarantee access for dogs - if a fellow passenger is allergic or not comfortable with dogs they will unfortunately be unable to board. If you do not have someone you can leave the dog with in this case we recommend booking a self drive boat to avoid disappointment.

Due to the exposed mechanics unfortunately the Pedal Powered boat is not suitable for dogs.

Dogs are not permitted aboard Liddesdale at any time.

Comfortable outdoor clothing is recommended for all vessels.

The river is an exposed environment and it can often feel cooler than other areas on any given day - it is advisable to bring an extra layer or two to stay warm, particularly if there is a breeze.

If you are hiring one of our canadian canoes we recommend packing a complete change of clothes just in case. This can be stored for you in The Boathouse while you are out.

Any payment received will be refunded providing 2 weeks written notice of cancellation be given by the Customer.

The Customer will be liable for any balance of the Boat Hire and the cost of any goods or services reserved on the Customers behalf should cancellation, for any reason whatsoever, take place during the 2 weeks prior to the date reserved unless the vessel and all services reserved are re-booked.

In the event that it is necessary for The Company to cancel the booking a full refund or rebooking will be given.

In the near future we would love to offer a wheelchair accessible boat though some infrastructure improvements are needed before we are able to do so.

At present we are able to offer the following advice, if you have any further queries please do contact us and we'll be happy to help.

  • Skippered cruises require 3 or 4 steps to be made down in to the boat. Boating at Cliveden staff will be happy to assist those requiring a little support.
  • Self drive electric launches require two (large) steps down in to the boat which will lean a little as weight is applied. To comply with social distancing, Boating at Cliveden staff are unfortunately unable to assist with boarding.
  • Rowing boats, Canadian canoes and the Pedal Boat all require good mobility to be able to safely board as the smaller size means they move more as weight is applied. These boats would not be recommended for those with limited mobility.
  • Liddesdale requires good mobility as well as the ability to stand from a very low seated position.

The boathouse is a lovely 20-30 minute walk from the car park, just follow National Trust signage to the river. There are a total of 172 steps on the recommended route, for those who prefer a more gradual descent an alternative route is available via Spring Drive. Please note we recommend using the toilet facilities in the Gas Yard before making your way down to The Boathouse.

Please note the shuttle bus service is suspended until further notice due to COVID-19