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.


Sunset over the Thames near the club house in Hampton (picture Peter Loy, paddler Dan Bownds)

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Improver’s sessions

Short trips at an easy pace from the club-house for paddlers looking to build confidence and fitness. See here for details and dates – there is a full calendar of sessions until the end of November.


We offer a series of BCU one star courses and the occasional two start course during the warmer months.- see the courses page for more details.  * All courses for 2016 now finished *

Wey Kayak Club Hare & Hounds

This is a series of 5 races over the winter months from the Wey KC on the Wey Navigation in Guildford. The course is about 6 miles. See here for more details. Some club members will take part this year. See your emails for more details.

 Sunrise 07:30                 Sunset 18:00

Club Calendar

Local paddles on Saturdays at 09:30  and Wednesdays at 18:00 plus:

Thames conditions    Flow rates and water temp    Weather in Hampton     Wey   Navigation    Basingstoke Canal   Thames

Group New Haw

A group of Hamptoneers on the traditional New Years Day paddle to the Anchor Pub in Pyrford


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.


 New members 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.

We have a great programme of courses for children run by our very experienced and fully qualified coach Emily, which run weekday evenings during the spring and summer months, see here for more details.

Family Membership

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.