Rowing is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon or get some exhilarating exercise. A leisurely row from Chichester to Donnington and back will take about two hours. Every member of the family will enjoy the experience and be able to take a turn.

Enjoy uninterrupted and unique views from the canal.  Take in the abundance of wild flowers and reed beds as you pass by, and if you’re lucky you might see herons and kingfishers in their natural habitat.  Our rowing boats will seat up to 4 adults or 2/3 adults and 2 small children. The larger family boat can carry up to 6 people.

Well behaved dogs may be taken on the rowing boats but please ensure that they and your passengers are well controlled when passing swans, cygnets, ducklings and coot chicks etc.

Chichester Canal rowing boat hire

Pricing Information

Rowing Boat Hire Prices

Rowing boats are available for hire from the Canal Cafe during opening hours.
The last hire is 1 hour prior to closing.

First Half Hour £7.00
Each additional half hour £5.00


Minimum age of the hirer is 16. A refundable deposit of £10.00 is required. The hirer is deemed to be responsible for the conduct of the passengers during the hire period. Hire is only available on the day, i.e. no forward booking.