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Stand Up Paddleboarding in Paddington

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Paddington

Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP as it is also known, is an exciting new water sport that is becoming increasingly popular in London and across the UK. SUP is a great way to get on the water and as well as being a fantastic from of fitness, it is also the perfect way to explore cities […]

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Kayaking on the tidal River Thames in London – group safety and leadership

Kayaking on the tidal River Thames in London – group safety and leadership

Kayaking on the tidal Thames is an exciting and challenging way to explore London’s maritime heart, but you need to keep your wits about you, as Steve Rushbrook from Port of London Authority and Harry Whelan from Kayaking London explained at a recent symposium for London paddlers. We started the day with a presentation from […]

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Urban kayaking on South London’s River Wandle

Urban kayaking on South London’s River Wandle

The Wandle is a small London river which rises in Croydon and flows through Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth before joining the Thames, upstream of Wandsworth Bridge. It can be explored by kayak or canoe – but low bridges and pipes, weirs and a 500m section of subterranean paddling mean it’s not for everyone. We kayaked […]

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Canoe training and kayak courses

Paddlefest at Shadwell Docks 20-21 September. Workshops, river trips, demo boats and more

Paddlefest at Shadwell Docks 20-21 September. Workshops, river trips, demo boats and more

Celebrate kayaking and canoeing at Paddlefest this September at Shadwell Basin Paddlefest is aimed at people who already kayak or canoe, who want to gain new skills, try out new things and socialise with other paddlers. The Paddlefest location is a great asset, with easy access to the tidal Thames and use of a large Victorian shipping basin. […]

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Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

Regents Canoe Club is one of many kayak clubs in London offering kayaking lessons, but this six week course will appeal to adults looking for a bit of excitement. The course is is designed for those who have little or no previous experience of paddling kayaks, but who want to get onto moving water by the end […]

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Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

Tower Hamlets Canoe Club are running an Level 1 coaching course in February 2014 and have a few places left. It is a four day course over two weekends based at Shadwell Basin. Anyone who has done it already will know that the course is a great way for paddlers to improve skills whilst considering […]

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Canoe club news

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap is a new online map from Shoothill which shows river levels across England and Wales. Shoothill created the FloodAlerts live map system now used by the Environment Agency, BBC, MSN and kayakers and canoeists seeking information on water levels. What is Shoothill GaugeMap? GaugeMap is Shoothill’s take on the Environment Agency’s River Levels On […]

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Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Castle Canoe Club has created a new website to encourage more players to join in with canoe polo training and games.  The club is open on Sundays 10am to 1pm and on Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm from April to October. Castle Canoe Club is located in Zone 2 at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney  – just […]

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Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

The British Canoe London Regional Development Team have a number of grants to award to London canoe clubs and centres to put on Go Canoeing starter sessions.  Applications need to be in by 20th July 2014. Grants of £300 are available for BCU affiliated clubs and/or centres to run a Go Canoeing Starter Session with the possibility of […]

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Kayak and canoe events

Take to the River Thames with free paddleboard and kayaking lessons at TideFest, Sunday 28 September

Take to the River Thames with free paddleboard and kayaking lessons at TideFest, Sunday 28 September

Free stand up paddleboarding and kayaking lessons at Kew Bridge are just some of the great activities taking place along the River Thames as part of TideFest on Sunday 28th September. Other activities include angling competitions, foreshore exploration, river dipping, wildlife spotting, trips to an island nature reserve, a sailing competition and a heritage walk […]

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Thames Tidefest: free kayak & stand up paddleboarding

Thames Tidefest: free kayak & stand up paddleboarding

  TideFest  is a new River Thames event taking place on World Rivers Day  – Sunday 28th September 2014 – to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. TideFest is taking place as part of the month long Totally Thames festival and is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition and the […]

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European Outdoor Film Tour hits London 1st November 2014

European Outdoor Film Tour hits London 1st November 2014

The European Outdoor Film Tour will hit London on the 1st and 2nd November 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The final film line-up for the EOFT has yet to be decided, but is likely to contain: Nobody’s river Four women, three countries, two months, one river. Their search for a river which still flows […]

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Books

English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

Welcome to the second edition of the English whitewater kayaker’s bible. Having established itself as a key guide to the best of whitewater and park and playspots within England this second offering from Presda Press adds further to the myriad of challenging steep brooks, classic trips on classic rivers, and previously unfamiliar offerings that is […]

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White Water South Alps guidebook – 65 classic kayaking runs

White Water South Alps guidebook – 65 classic kayaking runs

Every year thousands of British kayakers head for the South Alps, in search of white water and excitement. Whether you are an old hand or an ‘Alps virgin’ – there is one guidebook which all white water kayakers turn to – White Water, South Alps. Now in its third edition, the guidebook is packed with […]

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New guide to North West rivers

New guide to North West rivers

A new river guide focuses on the Lake District and North West of England, and it doesn’t disappoint. 368 detailed pages cover everything from mellow, grade two touring rivers to high octane, high risk gorge descents. With the new Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England, author Stuart Miller has gone to great lengths […]

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Canoe and kayak videos

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

David Midgley, a computer programmer from London, England, dreamed of doing something BIG, and different. A wild idea in a Scottish bar became a ten year project: learn to kayak, and then kayak the Amazon from source to sea. David, better known as ‘Midge’ joined London’s Regents Canoe Club and started to train and plan. Darcy Gaechter […]

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Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

London can look pretty stunning from the Thames – especially at night. Check out this clip of paddlers from one of London’s many canoe clubs, enjoying an evening on the river. For more information on kayaking on the River Thames see http://canoelondon.com/kayaking-on-tidal-thames-in-london-group-safety-leadership/

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Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

If you think open canoes are boring – think again. Canoeing by Reg Blomfield is an old black and white film in which Reg Blomfield demonstrates some amazing skills in an open canoe. Dating from roughly 1934 or 1935, the film quality is rough, but the skills are astonishing. Alongside traditional, and not so traditional paddle […]

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Take to the River Thames with free paddleboard and kayaking lessons at TideFest, Sunday 28 September

Take to the River Thames with free paddleboard and kayaking lessons at TideFest, Sunday 28 September

| September 16, 2014

Free stand up paddleboarding and kayaking lessons at Kew Bridge are just some of the great activities taking place along the River Thames as part of TideFest on Sunday 28th September. Other activities include angling competitions, foreshore exploration, river dipping, wildlife spotting, trips to an island nature reserve, a sailing competition and a heritage walk […]

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Thames Tidefest: free kayak & stand up paddleboarding

Thames Tidefest: free kayak & stand up paddleboarding

| September 6, 2014

  TideFest  is a new River Thames event taking place on World Rivers Day  – Sunday 28th September 2014 – to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. TideFest is taking place as part of the month long Totally Thames festival and is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition and the […]

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European Outdoor Film Tour hits London 1st November 2014

European Outdoor Film Tour hits London 1st November 2014

| August 18, 2014

The European Outdoor Film Tour will hit London on the 1st and 2nd November 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The final film line-up for the EOFT has yet to be decided, but is likely to contain: Nobody’s river Four women, three countries, two months, one river. Their search for a river which still flows […]

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Pro-kayaker Steve Fisher comes to London Sunday 30th November

Pro-kayaker Steve Fisher comes to London Sunday 30th November

| August 17, 2014

Pro-kayaker Steve Fisher will be talking at a special presentation at the Savoy Tup, 2 Savoy Street WC2 0BA on Sunday 30th November. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and a screening of a recent kayaking adventure film. Steve Fisher has been touted as one of the “world’s best kayakers” by media and paddling leaders alike, […]

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Paddlefest at Shadwell Docks 20-21 September. Workshops, river trips, demo boats and more

Paddlefest at Shadwell Docks 20-21 September. Workshops, river trips, demo boats and more

| August 17, 2014

Celebrate kayaking and canoeing at Paddlefest this September at Shadwell Basin Paddlefest is aimed at people who already kayak or canoe, who want to gain new skills, try out new things and socialise with other paddlers. The Paddlefest location is a great asset, with easy access to the tidal Thames and use of a large Victorian shipping basin. […]

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GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

| July 10, 2014

GaugeMap is a new online map from Shoothill which shows river levels across England and Wales. Shoothill created the FloodAlerts live map system now used by the Environment Agency, BBC, MSN and kayakers and canoeists seeking information on water levels. What is Shoothill GaugeMap? GaugeMap is Shoothill’s take on the Environment Agency’s River Levels On […]

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Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

| June 28, 2014

David Midgley, a computer programmer from London, England, dreamed of doing something BIG, and different. A wild idea in a Scottish bar became a ten year project: learn to kayak, and then kayak the Amazon from source to sea. David, better known as ‘Midge’ joined London’s Regents Canoe Club and started to train and plan. Darcy Gaechter […]

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Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

| June 28, 2014

Castle Canoe Club has created a new website to encourage more players to join in with canoe polo training and games.  The club is open on Sundays 10am to 1pm and on Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm from April to October. Castle Canoe Club is located in Zone 2 at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney  – just […]

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Find your nearest canoe club or kayak club with Canoe London