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Kayaking on the Thames: River Roding to the QE2 Bridge at Dartford

Kayaking on the Thames: River Roding to the QE2 Bridge at Dartford

| January 6, 2018

A day out on the Thames estuary experiencing huge skies, surprising wildlife and bizarre barges. For this trip, launch into the Thames at the mouth of the River Roding in Barking. This is on the north bank of the Thames, east of London City Airport. Park on River Road next to Barking Creek Park and […]

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Kayaking the River Wandle in south London

Kayaking the River Wandle in south London

| October 21, 2017

The Wandle is a surprisingly healthy urban river, rising in Croydon and flowing through Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth before joining the Thames.  It can be explored by kayak or canoe – but low bridges and pipes, weirs and a 500m section of subterranean paddling mean it’s definitely not for the inexperienced. Last time we tried […]

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The River Roding – a canoe trip from Creekmouth to Ilford and back

The River Roding – a canoe trip from Creekmouth to Ilford and back

| April 21, 2013

Many of London’s old rivers have been lost, buried beneath centuries of urban expansion, but some still flow into the Thames. The River Roding, in eastern London, is one such river, joining the Thames at Barking Creek in the east of London. Canoe access can be made at Creekmouth, where free on-street parking is available […]

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SUP on the Thames at night

SUP on the Thames at night

| March 30, 2013

It’s dark and cold and I am standing on a wobbly board in the middle of the River Thames. It’s an odd sensation, standing on water, but that’s what Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP, is all about. I’m here with Paul Hyman from Active360, a new outfit which is promoting SUP in west London. […]

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Path of the Paddle

Path of the Paddle

| March 15, 2013

Path of the Paddle: Solo Whitewater is a classic canoe film from 1977 by the legendary Bill Mason. Bill Mason is regarded by many as ‘the patron saint of canoeing’. He developed and refined canoeing strokes and river-running techniques and produced a hugely influential series of instructional canoeing films. In Path of the Paddle: Solo […]

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Canoeing on the Thames

Canoeing on the Thames

| March 11, 2013

Kayaking and canoeing on the Thames is a great way to escape the London crowds and grab some fresh air and exercise. This canoe trip starts at Walton Bridge near Shepperton in west London and provides a circular trip that takes a couple of hours, with plenty of opportunities for picnics and playing. Park at the […]

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