Folding Concepts

Announcements -
Latest News

01/03/21 - More used folding kayaks added Check the two Used kayaks pages (Menu above)

10/04/20 - TYNE folding kayaks / canoes
- Spare parts including frame pieces and hardware are currently being updated here

29/03/20 - More used folding kayaks added
- Includes classic Kleppers on this page and a chance to get a military grade Wayland F550 on this page!

04/05/19 - More vintage paddles added. Original two piece wooden vintage paddles in various conditions here

19/11/17 - new 'kid on the block' - Neris SMART Series of kayaks. Unique hybrids that can either be paddled as a canoe with bench seats or as a kayak with inflatable floor seats. A cross between a folding kayak and an inflatable kayak. Starting with SMART-2 here

17/11/17 - new range of Greenland paddles added - Gram Kajak paddles. In 2-3 piece in both wood and carbon versions. Appearing on the 'New Paddles' page here

02/03/17 - Product Videos page added. Videos of some of the listed folding kayaks ... see here

Exclusive UK dealer for the following brands:-

We are a specialist team that previously was an exclusive folding kayak brand dealer in the UK with several years experience. We now have added a multi-brand on line store to better serve a growing UK market with a wider range of foldable small craft - from "Klepper" type of kayaks, to lightweight canoes plus related accessories.

Gram Paddles - wood and carbon Greenland paddles

NERIS - foldable alu framed kayaks

WaveDesign - carbon paddles including Greenlands

We also specialise in Klepper spares and rebuilds as well as other brands on an non-exclusive basis with various manufacturers


Can we paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of the waterways, rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Scotland Canoe Association and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) includes a license to paddle on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.

Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are privately owned or is bounded by land which is private, so do check beforehand. See Useful Websites page.


Welcome to Folding Concepts
Folding Kayaks UK

UK's specialist dealer in collapsible kayaks, canoes, dinghies and catarafts

Foldable kayaks, canoes, dinghies, packrafts and catarafts plus a wide range of related accessories all designed for compact storage and ease of commuting to and from water .....

UK's largest on-line store dedicated to the versatile world of small foldable watercrafts. An exciting range of folding touring expedition boats to explore the world around you from the water, without the worries of storage space and transportation issues usually associated with rigid plastic or fibre glass / carbon / Kevlar boats, or heavy rafts.

Here you will find on this online store, a selected and tested range of folding kayaks / canoes from a few big name brands - (new or used) Klepper, Neris, Wayland, plus a few more! Also there is a growing range of accessories from many reputable brands and small specialist manufacturers to help complement your foldable boats. All these brands have over 12 years of manufacturing experience, with Klepper being well known worldwide having started way back in the 1920's!

Also you will find quality checked used folding kayaks, spares for that vintage collectible kayak that you may have, and organise a replacement skin for your valued old kayak. If you are after a particular kayak model that you once had many years ago as a kid, we'll try help you to get one - yes we do rebuilds too!

Composite split Euro paddles suitable for long distance touring. Also wooden kayak, canoe and carbon Greenland paddles too.

Accessories - dry bags, sail rigs, marine compasses, kayak carts, comfort seats - all items designed or specifically selected for folding kayaks and canoes.

Books and maps - get the best out of your investment by exploring places that you have not been to - waterways, lakes and the coast!

This site is still very much in 'work in progress', with many more categories and detailed pages to be added. Do feel free to contact us now for any details that you require or need something that's not currently listed here.

To order or to enquire about anything besides books and maps, email us with your boating requirements and we will discuss the various options available (and show you if possible) that best suits your needs. Once your wish list has been finalised, we will send you an invoice with payment details (Pay via PayPal or direct bank deposit), alternatively we will set up a quick payment page for you.

NERIS Smart PRO hybrid folding kayak and Valkure-2 folding kayak
Background - Neris Valkure-2 double seater folding kayak
Hybrid wood and ALU frame
Assembles in 25-30 min
Foreground - Neris SMART PRO double seater hybrid folding kayak
ALU frame and oversized sponsons
Assembles in 10-15 min

Background - Neris SMART PRO S single seater hybrid folding kayak
Set up as a short double with an optional extra seat
ALU frame and oversized sponsons
Assembles in 10-15min
Foreground - Neris SMART-2 double seater hybrid folding kayak
ALU frame and oversized sponsons
Assembles in 10 min

Typical wood framed folding kayaks - EG Klepper, Pouch, Tyne, Granta
Bag to water in 15-30 minutes
(depending on model)
Packed kayak

Assembled kayaks

Go canoeing in a
folding kayak !

NB - Inflatable kayaks are NOT classified as a folding kayak type, those boats are simply "foldable". Folding kayaks have a skeletal frame which includes a keel and cross ribs

Folding kayaks - the most versatile craft ever - from backpack to water in 10 -25 minutes

Store packed kayak bag in a cupboard at home, or in the boot of the car, motorhome or caravan. Easily travel to your starting location by train or coach, paddle downstream and return home via a different train / coach.

Simply assemble by the waterside and then off you paddle!

TYNE Folding Boats Ltd logo

TYNE Folding Boats Ltd
Twickenham, Middlesex

Spare parts

Looking to restore your old TYNE canoe?

Original Tyne spare parts list (frames and hardware) for British TYNE folding kayaks / canoes currently being updated. The bulk of the spares are all new - ex clearance stock from the original factory in Twickenham, 1975. See here

GRAM Greenland split paddles
GRAM carbon greenland paddles
GRAM wood greenland paddles

Two and three piece carbon and wood/carbon hybrid Greenland paddles

Details and photos of GRAM Greenland sticks listed here

Neris Valkure-2 hybrid framed folding kayak
Go canoeing around the UK in a  foldable kayak

From this ...
to this
in 15-25 minutes

Assembled kayak

Thinking of racing in the non-stop Devizes to Westminster Folding Boat Class in 2021?

The Neris Valkure-2 (lightweight race version) is the boat for you

Several NERIS Valkure-2's took part for the first time in the 2017 DW race and the general consensus was that the boats were really faster and lighter compared to the other commonly used folding kayaks. DW 2018 unfortunately was cancelled during the event due to high water levels.
In DW 2019, Valkure-2's came 1st and 3rd.

Or if you would like a kayak custom built to your specifications, do contact us!

Details and history of the Devizes to Westminster race here

  Klepper Tyne Folding Boats Ltd
Various replacement skin manufacturers
For good condition used spares for all Klepper models
For new and good condition used spares for most TYNE canoe models
For new alu framed folding kayaks
For folding kayak replacement skins

Partner suppliers - Neris UK Wayland Folding Kayaks UK ZelGear
Folding Kayaks UK trading as Folding Concepts
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Page last updated 29-Oct-2023