Hampton Canoe Club is a friendly and sociable canoe club based at Bell Hill, opposite the Bell Pub on the Thames in Hampton. We paddle from our base in Hampton but also, most Saturdays head off with boats on roof-racks for trips on other nearby waterways like the Wey navigation, the Basingstoke canal or other parts of the Thames both upstream and downstream, usually with a stop for lunch at a waterside pub. The emphasis in the club is on easy social paddling and we do very little racing except for the Devizes-Westminster race which we have a proud tradition of entering and sometimes the Hare and Hounds races run by the Wey Kayak club.
Paddling on the upper reaches of the Thames on a recent trip
We offer a series of BCU one star courses – see the courses page for details. There are still spaces on the course at the end of the month
Short trips at an easy pace for paddlers looking to build confidence and fitness. Wed 6:30pm and Sat 9:30am. See here for details and dates.
Sunrise 06:50 Sunset 19:00
Local paddles on Saturdays at 09:30 / 10:30 and Wednesdays (summer months) at 18:30 plus:
A sunny day on the Thames near the club house in Hampton
Some members paddle on waters near and not-so-near to Hampton. Boats on roof-racks, they head off most Saturdays for the Wey Navigation, Basingstoke Canal, Grand Union Canal or River Thames. Occasionally trips are on the tidal Thames around Isleworth, Putney and Vauxhall. Other members paddle from the clubhouse, often on Saturday mornings, or Wednesday evenings (summer time only) heading upstream to Sunbury, Walton Bridge and round Desborough Island; or downstream to Thames Ditton or Teddington.
A group out on a winter Saturday on the Basingstoke canal near Mytchett
Members can use the club’s boats as many times as they want and can take part in all the club’s sporting and social activities and receive the quarterly newsletter. We also arrange an annual holiday – in recent years we have paddled on some inland Scottish lochs; the rivers Allier and Loire in France; the Mosel in Germany; and the Semois in Belgium.
Many club members attend the One Star and Two Star courses that take place at the club, and get a discount on those fees. Others courses are arranged from time to time, aimed at maintaining and developing paddlers’ skills. Incidentally, members can get a 10% discount on most purchases at the Whitewater Canoe Centre at Shepperton Marina, on production of their membership card.
Old timers Richard and Peter out for a Wednesday evening paddle
The main membership requirement is that you’re able to paddle to One Star standard in the club boats; which really means that you know the basics and are safe on the water. Depending on your previous paddling experience, this will either mean taking an assessment with one of the club coaches, or participating in the club’s One Star course. See full details on joining the club here.
Canoeing is a great activity for all the family, see the page here about getting your family out on the river.
Pre-requisite: be able to swim 50 metres in the clothing you wear paddling.
All paddlers should always bring a change of clothes to each session, and a towel. Leave jewellery behind – particularly large rings, or items that are not waterproof. Spectacles should have retainers so they stay with you when you fall in. For your sake and ours, please explain any medical issues to a coach before you get on the water.
Paddle at your own risk: canoeing and kayaking are risk sports; involuntary capsizes are routine; other injuries and accidents are possible.