Activities

Paddling from our base at Bell Hill

Saturday mornings (all year)
Meet at 9.30am to be underway by 10am, groups go out according to ability for trips upstream to Walton and the Desborough loop or downstream to Kingston and Teddington, often with a stop for coffee en-route.
Wednesday evenings (from April)
Meet at 6pm to be on the river for 6.30pm. Groups go out for shorter trips according to ability. Depending on when the sun sets we might go as far as Walton Bridge or only as far as Sunbury weir or Thames Ditton Island

 Trips

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Usually we meet at 9am for departure by 9.30am on Saturdays and some Sundays (sometimes earlier or later depending on how far we are travelling). Most trips begin within about a 40 minute drive of Hampton, although there are some trips further afield like the Hamble. On all-day trips we usually paddle between about 10 and 14 miles, on half day trips we cover about 8 to 10 miles. The most popular local places to paddle are the Wey Navigation, Basingstoke Canal, Grand Union Canal and places further up or down the Thames. Lunch is often in a nice waterside pub or if the weather is fine then sandwiches on the river bank are the order of the day.  See trip basics and notes for tourers for more details.

Improvers Sessions

These are arranged usually on a Saturday morning and wednesday evening from April to December for people who have achieved their one star BC qualification and want to improve their ability and stamina. They run from Bell Hill. Contact the session leader if you want to attend – see the list of sessions here.

Courses

British Canoeing courses are held at the club from April to October. For full details see the courses page .

Social events

We have a lively social calendar with frequent BBQ evenings and lunchtimes down by the river throughout the warmer summer months, pub quizes and other ad-hoc club outings.

Fun regatta

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We have the occasional fun regatta in the summer and autumn which are more of a social occasion than a serious competition. It is a chance for everyone to get together for a few races in canoes and kayaks and then enjoy a lunchtime BBQ together. This picture shows the canoe race with the green club building behind and St Mary Church.

Club Holidays

DordogneEach summer a group from the club have a paddling holiday somewhere further afield.

The emphasis on these trips is having a sociable time with some gentle paddling to take in the local scenery and culture. A list of past holidays can be found here.

 

Hampton Hare and Hounds

Every summer we run our own series of handicap races for club members over a 3.5 mile course. These are hotly contested and are a good introduction to some light hearted racing. For more details see here.

Devizes – Westminster

small_DSC04387P1040537This internationally renowned marathon paddling race is held every year from Devizes to Westminster .  We usually have some members taking part each year in this 125 mile race.