Touring

Touring is the clubs raison d’etre and we are spoilt with a choice of waterways with very contrasting characters, from the narrow, shallow, tranquil, windy outer reaches of the Basingstoke canal to the broad, busy and sometimes fast flowing Thames. The tours listed here are the ones we most frequently paddle but it is regularly updated as we explore new lesser known parts of the country. (Thanks to Andy Garbett for writing these all up)

The London Apprentice Tour

apprenticeHam House is a 400-year-old treasure trove and one of a series of grand houses and palaces alongside the River Thames. Ham House and Garden is an unusually complete survival of the 17th century that impressed in its day and continues to do so today. … read more here

Kew Gardens Tidal Thames Tour

SyonHouseThe Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is responsible for the world’s largest collection of living plants. The organisation employs more than 650 scientists and other staff. The living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants… read more here

The President’s lunch party

ashThe Basingstoke Canal is declared by many to be Britain’s most beautiful waterway. Samuel. F. Cody came to Great Bottom Flash to test his early sea planes before World War 1 … read more here

Cassocks and Couplets

cassocksDid you know that the term “stiff drink” originates from the use, in earlier years, of The New Inn at Send as a temporary mortuary? … read more here

Four Bridges

pentonA few yards upstream from Penton Hook Lock near Staines is the minuscule Truss’s Island, named after a former Clerk of Works with the City Commissioners of the River Thames … read more here

 Little Venice and Regents Park

veniceThe Paddington Arm runs from the junction with the Regent’s Canal at Little Venice, then through the suburbs of West London until it joins with the main Grand Union Canal at Bulls Bridge Junction near Slough…. read more here

Guildford and beyond

guildfordNear to the old ferry is the site of an ancient ford. Used for probably thousands of years the ford provided safe passage for the travellers wanting to follow the long-distance route now referred to as the North Downs Way… read more here

King John’s Castle

kingConstruction on Odiham Castle began in 1207 and continued until 1214. In 1216, soon after it was finished, the castle suffered a two-week siege at the hands of the French, but it flourished during much of the 13th century, when it was home to the de Montfort family… read more here

History and Intrigue

stokelockWe will pass by Sutton Place which is one of the most important early Tudor houses in England. It stands on high ground above the river and is enclosed by a combination of the original course of the Wey and the canal. This was the home of the Weston family who created the Wey Navigation in the 17th century… read more here

The Crondall Hundred

crondallFleet was originally heathland in the northern part of the Crondall Hundred, its name having probably been derived from the Norman French word La Flete meaning a stream or shallow water – a reference to the Fleet Pond from which fish had been taken for the monks in Winchester in Medieval times...read more here.

New Haw to Woking combination

BridgeBarnThe Basingstoke Canal was completed in 1794 and built to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge via the Wey Navigation. This is a 13 mile route from New Haw on the Wey to Woking… read more here.

 

Autumn tints –  the Boulters lock tour

BoultersThis tour takes you from Maidenhead to Marlow and in Autumn is a riot of colour as the trees lose their leaves. You will paddles past Court Garden House and Cliveden house which sits high up above a heavily wooded reach of the river… read more here.

 

 

Bells of Ouzeley to Windsor

See maps of route here

 

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