FAQ’s

Answers to questions we are asked from time to time

Is there an age limit for hiring a boat?

The main Hirer must be aged 18 years or over. Identification must be shown with proof of address at request.

How far can I go?

It depends how many hours you book for, which boat you go in and how fast you travel, but on average if travelling at the speed limit of 5 knots/6mph.

From Upton to Worcester – 10.5 miles so approx 3.5 hours (against river flow)
From Upton to Tewkesbury – 6 miles so approx 1.15 hour (with river flow)

What do I need to bring with me?

Wear suitable clothes and shoes. We all know how unpredictable the great British weather can be you may even want to consider bringing a waterproof coat or umbrella just in case! If it’s a sunny day, drinking water, sunglasses, sun cream and a hat are always useful things to bring. A camera. A mobile phone in case of emergency.

For fishing in particular – if you are not familiar with boat fishing you will find that it is always colder/hotter/windier/wetter on the boat than it is on the bank, so remember sunblock and Polaroids for the summer and an extra couple of layers for the winter.

Can I go through locks?

No our boats are not licensed to go through the locks. The boat must not go further than the stated stretch of river (i.e. from Upton to Tewkesbury or from Upton to Worcester).

Will I need to re-fuel the boat?

Every boat is handed over with a full tank of fuel which is plenty enough to get to Worcester and back. Anymore fuel required will be at the expense of the Hirer. There is a petrol station situated at the Upton Marina, Upton upon Severn.

I am hiring a self-drive boat for fishing – will I need to bring my own equipment?

Yes you will need to bring all of your own fishing equipment and bait.

I am hiring a skippered boat for guided fishing – will I need to bring my own equipment?

If you are having a Guided Lure trip with Dave Pugh then he has equipment and tackle available for use, he will discuss details with you prior to the day.

For any other guided trips you will need to bring all of your own fishing equipment and bait. However, this is something we are looking into and hope to have fishing equipment for hire very soon.

What happens if the river is in flood at the time of my booking?

You will have the opportunity to reschedule your booking or have a refund.

Can I bring my dog on board?

Yes dogs are welcome on the boats however pets are not covered under the Company’s insurance policy so it would be at the Hirers risk and the Hirer shall be liable for the cost of any damage.

I’m on holiday – where can I stay in the area?

The Swan Hotel, Upton-upon-Severn. Mention that you are a customer of Severn Expeditions and you could get special room rates. Contact them direct to enquire and book.