Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Thames

The River Thames is one of the great rivers of Britain, and is perfect for canoeing and kayaking.

Canoeing on the River Thames can be a lovely peaceful day trip, past green meadows, ancient willows and historic buildings.

The Thames is generally big enough for canoeing from Cricklade, and becomes a Navigation just above Lechlade. From there to Teddington, the Thames is an easy river for canoeists, but is surprisingly changeable in character throughout its length.

Below Teddington, the Thames is tidal and a more serious proposition. For those with the relevant skills and experience, canoeing through central London is an unforgettable day out.

There are many locks on the Thames, many of which have portages for canoeists. It is also possible to go through the locks, following the instruction of the lock keepers. If the lock is self-service, care is advised, but groups can go through. Be careful around other boats in locks, as they may not be secured properly. Use of locks for solo paddlers is probably best avoided, and uses an immense amount of water for one little canoe anyway!

The Thames has plenty of campsites for canoeists and kayakers doing overnight trips.

A number of the Thames weirs are well known as excellent whitewater playspots.

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Windsor, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This is a nice relaxing paddle from Pangbourne to Goring, through Beale Park, and back. There is a lot of wildlife to be seen along this route.

A very nice bit of the river.

At present, the car park suggested has been closed off, necessitating a start lower down in Pangbourne.


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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

An interesting circular route that can be started from a number of places.
The loop round the back of the racecourse involves a portage through a park and housing estate that will need a trolley.
An alternative is to cut down a side stream to the left, just before the park portage, over a tiny weir. Get out and cross grass at the edge of the racecourse back to the river.

Here's a variation on the alternative - cutting down the side stream
http://paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoints.aspx?RouteId=463&AC=6888
but starting and ending at the slipway by Windsor Canoe Club
Done the route last week 17-08-15. While Windsor races were on, makes it interesting as the horses thunder past about 20m from stream . Took the side stream at the end over the little weir.. video.( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZyEXO3Kaw)shame it goes to a very low bridge as passed the bridge is nice little sluice that could be easily paddled, didn't portage across the race course as it was busy but turned round and paddled back up the stream got out of kayak(in the water nice solid bottom)to get it back up the little weir . The portage through Clewer park would be easy checked it on my push bike , but decided to paddle back round for another look at the racing.
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

One of the nicest routes on the Thames, this figure of 8 can be started in several places, but my choice is Mill Lane, Lower Shiplake.
You then head up the Thames before descending the lovely flowing river of St Patrick's Stream, which joins the Loddon before returning to the Thames. You can then return to the start, or extend the route down the river towards Henley and come back up the serene still waters of the Hennerton Backwater.
If the water is high, check the bridge at the upstream end of the Hennerton, its very low!
Returning to Shiplake, if you don't go through the lock there is a very short and easy portage by keeping left (river right) of the lock island (signed).
Decent pub stop at the St George and the Dragon. Picnic spot just downstream from here before the entrance to the Hennerton.

Dead tree (July 2014) in St Patricks stream, before the 1st right turn, was a cause for some consternation. Had to drag/shuffle over the blockage.
No blockages on St Patrick's Stream as of 7/6/15.

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Inglesham, Swindon, UK

One way canoeing route on the upper River Thames.
Here the river is surprisingly narrow, and you pass through pleasant green countryside.
There are several locks, which you can go through or portage fairly easily.

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Chertsey, Surrey, UK

A fun loop going up the Thames (one lock to go through or portage via steps round to the left) to Penton Hook, then back down the River Abbey to a weir with punt rollers back into the Thames half a mile above the start.

Read a blog of the route on Song of the Paddle

It can be rather overgrown at times!

Done today 23/08/15 very over grown but got through ok

punt rollers at the end
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

One way canoeing route on the River Thames.

A nice section which meanders slowly for most of the route, and has only a little motorised traffic normally.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

One way canoeing route on the River Thames.
Bigger boats can't get higher than Oxford, so this remains a relatively quiet section where the river is still quite small.
Camping at Pinkhill or Eynsham locks.

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Oxford, UK

One way canoe route through Oxford, crossing the Port Meadow and going close to the city.

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Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4, UK

A one way canoe route from Sandford, south of Oxford, to the pleasant village of Clifton Hampden.
There are 2 lock cuts - Culham, and Clifton itself. Both can be bypassed by portaging weirs.
For Culham, keep in main river towards Sutton Courtenay, and portage easily between the first and second weirs.
For Clifton, portage the weir at the top of the backwater that passes Long Wittenham, by climbing out on the quite high concrete lined bank and portaging to the pool below the weir.
Both alternative can involve pub visits!

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A one way canoe route from Clifton Hampden to Wallingford Bridge.

Pleasant, easy section, that passes close to the distinctive twin hills of Wittenham Clumps.

A diversion up to the ancient little town of Dorchester-on-Thames can be had by turning up the River Thame.

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Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

A one way canoe route that through one of the most scenic parts of the Thames Valley, Goring Gap.

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Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK

A one way canoe route that goes from the countryside of the southern edges of the Chilterns, to the more urban town of Reading, ending at an excellent access point by Marsport Canoe Shop.

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Earley, Wokingham, UK

One way canoe route from Reading to Henley-on-Thames, through scenic countryside for most of the route.

To make it even more interesting, divert down St Patrick's Stream and the Hennerton Backwater.


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Henley-on-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK

One way canoe route from Henley to Marlow, through quintessential English Countryside, under the slopes of the Chiltern Hills.

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Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

A one way canoe route from the pretty town of Marlow to Boulter's Lock just outside Maidenhead.

The section below the wooded slopes of Clivedon is particularly attractive.

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Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

A one way canoe route from Boulter's Lock near Maidenhead to Windsor.

If time allows, its worth going an extra half mile downstream from the landing to see Eton and Windsor Castle, before returning to the public slipway.


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Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

A one way canoe trip from Windsor to Chertsey, passing the historical sites of Magna Carta Island and Runnymede, and going through the riverside town of Staines.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

River Thames

7.1 miles

Put in:
Rose Revived
Newbridge
Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 7QD
01865 300221

Overnight @ Eynesham Lock (Pub nearby) or Pinkhill Lock

Both have Loo, Shower & Tap

Eynsham Lock Campsite
River Thames
Cumnor, Oxfordshire
Book on 01865 881324

Camping on the island with a large communal fire pit. A few trees shelter the site. Basic facilities.
Can be popular with school & D of E groups

Pinkhill Lock Campsite
Eynsham, Witney
Oxon, OX29 4JH
Tel: 01865 881452
Season: 1 April – 30 September
Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

River Thames

7.9 miles

Put in @ Eynsham Lock

FinishOptions

Early:

Medley Beach - Just beyond .............. - A shallow beach at the southern end of port meadow. Car park nearby at Walton Well road

or

Riverside Centre
(Council Water-sports Centre & Shop)
Donnington Bridge
Oxford
OX4 4AZ
Tel:01865 248 673


"A public slipway, club and well stocked paddling shop".
"Free parking. Don't leave valuables on display. The centre were happy for us to leave cars here for 3 days, obviously at our own risk (no security)".
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Launch opposite the Harvester Pub, Free parking on the road that runs next to their car park..

Road next to the pub (Ouseley Rd) now has yellow lines (3/2017). Unload in pub car park then park in Burfield Rd.
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Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Via St Patrick's Stream and Hennerton Backwater. This is a lovely route, but took about 6 hours. It was particularly tough down the regatta course at Henley on Thames, as the wind was very strong against us.

Paddle Point
London, UK

The finish point for the Devizes-Westminster Race
http://www.dwrace.org.uk/

Not really recommended at any other time!

Paddle Point
London, UK

A very pleasant beach appears as the tide falls. It is possible to get out onto South Bank here up steps. However this would not make a suitable put-in or get-out, except in emergency. It is though, the perfect place to stop during a paddle to go and get an ice cream, whilst people look at you as if you're a freak!

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Hampton, Greater London, UK

Off Thames Street in Hampton and just by the ferry. Parking for a few vehicles.

Paddle Point
Hampton, Greater London, UK

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Even though we are not in the Scouts, we have been able to book an overnight stop.
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Rushey lock to Donnington Bridge 26th may 22.4miles

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Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This unusual building on the Thames is known locally as the cardboard castle. When I was younger, the owner let us use his 2 man kayak. It was a timber frame with an outer skin. Thats what got me interested in kayaking.

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Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

This footpath is know locally as 7 cornered Alley

Paddle Point
Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Nice pub in St Peters Street Marlow

Paddle Point
Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This is a nice family route with children

Boat launching slipway with small parking area. Parking on road too. Good for launching kayaks and canoes
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Nice boat restaurant at Harleford Marina. www.showboat-restaurant.co.uk

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Medmenham, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Nice pub for a meal after a paddling trip

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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Old Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6, UK

Proposed route and distances between campsites

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Proposed route and distances between campsites

Paddle Point
Bablock Hythe, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29, UK

http://www.theferrymaninn.co.uk

Tel: 01865 880028

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

At "normal" river levels, we can get just under this in a canadian - a few inches to spare at bow/stern

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Was a pub, now a cafe serving homemade food, cream teas etc

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Day one of the Oxford to London Bridge Kayak Trip

Paddle Point
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Day 2 of Oxford to London Bridge

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Day three of Oxford to London

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London, UK

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Note, it would appear that the gate at the top of these steps is normally locked.
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 784 530

http://www.weirhotel.co.uk

Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 225 964

http://www.swanwalton.co.uk

Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 831 672

http://www.theminnow.co.uk

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

This site has a launching pontoon for small boats, canoes and kayaks

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Tel: 0843 357 5514

http://www.bespokehotels.com

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 244 526

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Handy for the Anchor pub

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 579 811

http://www.vintageinn.co.uk

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Tel: 01367 870870

http://www.trout-inn.co.uk

Email: info@trout-inn.co.uk

The pub does not allow landing or launching of kayaks.
Paddle Point

Day 3
Northmoor lock paddocks

The Ferryman Inn Bablock Hythe 1.7m
Pink Hill Lock campsite 4 miles
Eynsham Lock Campsite 5.4 mile
The Trout Inn 9.5 miles
The Perch Pub 10.6 miles
Oxford Camping and caravan club site 14.9 miles 4 locks & via Hinksey Stream to Oxford Camping & Caravan Club Pink Hill Eynsham Kings & Godstow Locks Note: Hinksey Stream has one weir portage

Paddle Point
Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6, UK

Tel:01367 810220


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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
Appleton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13, UK

Nearest pub to Manor Farm Campsite

Tel: 01865 863535

Email: bookings@theploughappleton.com

http://www.theploughappleton.com

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This is not a paddle, only a walking route. It's a miles walk to pub

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This tip was with my 11 year old son. He made the red route down river. I then had to tow him back to Days lock on the blue route. I was offered a tow by canal boat on the yellow route back to Clifton Hampden. I said thank you very much and took the ride back up stream.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Walking distance of Manor Farm Campsite

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Derelict, no longer used as a bathing place. Now a quiet picnic spot. Dip under the chain to get in from Thames.

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Sunbury-on-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey TW16, UK

Small parking area off road, plus parking on Lower Hampton Road.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lechlade to Rushey Lock
Day 1 (25th May)9.7miles

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Day 2 launch point

Ruskley Lock (& campsite)
Rushey (SP 32301 00075)
Telephone: +44 (0)1367 870218
Postcode: SN7 8RF
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/135273.aspx
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Sunbury-on-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey TW16, UK

I live nearby and this is my local route.

Paddle Point
Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6, UK

Day 1
Cricklade to Red Lion at Castle Eaton 4 miles Stop for lunch. 1 Lock

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Day 2
Letchlade to The Swan at Radcot for lunch 5.6 miles - option to camp at Rushey Lock campsite 8.7 miles
Option to stop at The Trout Tadpole bridge 9.6 miles
Option to camp at Shifford lock 12.8 miles
Option to stop at Rose Revived Inn 15.5 miles
Overnight camp at Northmoor lock paddocks, Manor Farm 17.6 miles 5 Locks
Shifford Grafton Radcot Rushey & Shifford Locks

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Proposed route and distances between campsites

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Can portage on western bank

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Day 4 of Oxford to London Bridge

Paddle Point
London, UK

Last 7 miles finishing of at the Palm Tree Pub.

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Do NOT attempt this route.

If you have wheels it is an easy push over Donnington Road bridge and down to the campsite (we did this on the way out)

Apparently (according to the man at the campsite) the Environment agency fenced off access to the stream sometime in 2012/13.

There is no longer access to the campsite from the "stream" (dire tree lined ditch) that doesn't involve weirs, nettles, brambles and a wire fence.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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Chertsey, Surrey, UK

One way canoe route which takes you past Sunbury and Hampton Court to just above Teddington Lock.

Get out suggested here is at Royal Canoe Club, but this is private really so permission should be sought and you must park at the car park up the road.

http://www.royalcanoeclub.com/

An alternative get out is to continue to just above the lock, and get out on the right bank. You will then have to portage to the road across the park - either Burnell Ave or Riverside Dr. Parking unknown, but should be possible on street.


Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

A good pub with public mooring outside..

Currently drinking only.
Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Option 1: 90miles 3 days

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Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Launch point for a paddle across flooded park to the Thames

Paddle Point
Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Paddling over a flooded park to access the Thames!

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Oxford Sea Scouts to The Plough, Long Wittenham

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Rose Revived, Newbridge to Eynsham Lock.

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Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Eynsham Lock to Oxford Seas Scouts

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

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Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Pub garden goes down to the river. Friendly family pub.
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Long Wittenham to Wallingford

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

The bank here has broken down slightly, allowing 'stepped' access to a large firm and sandy shelf in shallow water. It makes it very easy to walk alongside the kayak in the water and it's deep enough for you to jump in and paddle away.

In addition, there's a proper slipway right next to it, adjacent to the boatyard, but the gate is not always unlocked however.

Parking is in the lane leading to the water, but you'll probably need to park 'around the corner' nearer the football field as there are a lot of no parking signs on the stretch of lane close to the water and constant access needed to gates etc.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Very poor access for canoe and kayak campers. It was tough getting out and getting the canoes and kayaks out of the water. It's such a shame that camping facilities on the Thames is so bad and that's not just the Swan.
Not a great campsite:
+ Nice flat field, not hard to get in/out of the river at the pub, trickier the campsite site (opposite), but not too hard.
- Loo's (no showers, after a hot days ?paddle?) are a long walk over the bridge and around (or a paddle over the river) to the pub.
Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Abingdon based Stand-Up-Paddleboard rental on the Thames. They can deliver to you in the local area.

http://rent-a-sup.co.uk/

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Second Chance Touring Park
Castle Eaton, Castle Eaton
Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 6SZ
01285 810675
http://www.secondchancetouring.co.uk/

Staying there this coming Wed. I let you know what's it's like.
Paddle Point
Richmond, Greater London, UK

Slope in to water. Free parking on lane but beware liable to flooding

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Marlow, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Paddle Point
Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK

Several places for easy get-in from beach or bank. Car parking in Aragon Avenue, 50metres from river.

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Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

The red line represents padddling upstream to the swim start. green is the swim course, and blue paddling back to the start. Swimmers get out at the end of the green line and walk back to the Rowing Club

Paddle Point
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

22.4 miles in 5 hrs 30 mins

3 x K2s and 2 x K1s and lots of fun along the way! Well done chaps and one chapess.
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Nice quiet scenic stretch of Thames. The campsite is not accessible by car, so you may want to start at Tadpole Bridge if driving. Not too many places to eat/ drink along the route. Its 0.9m to Trout at Tadpole Br; 4.2m to Shifford Lock; 6.9m to A415/Newbridge; 9m to Manor Farm campsite/ Northmoor Lock; 10.5m to Babcock Hythe. Two option for parking at BBH the campsite / pub on west side or the quiet carpark on the East side. The latter is a bit remote so security might be an issue, esp overnight. See Paddle Point entry.

Rushey Lock on the River Thames
Telephone: +44 (0)1367 870218
Postcode: SN7 8RF
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/135273.aspx
http://www.visitthames.co.uk/about-the-river/river-thames-locks/rushey-lock


Bablockhythe Northmoor, Oxfordshire OX29 5AT?.
http://www.greenwoodpark.freeuk.com/bablockhythe/bablockparkdescription.htm
01865 882236
Paddle Point
Earley, Wokingham RG6, UK

An active and friendly canoe and kayak club based in a great, easily accessible, facility just to the east of Reading.

Website

Paddle Point
Kennington, Oxfordshire, UK

It is possible to portage here. Get out on the right bank as you go downstream. There is a footpath running alongside the river. When you reach the weir you need to turn right to go down the bank to a calm and sheltered put in at the lower level. Some vegetation put no problems doing this

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Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

A nice, sheltered section of the Thames beneath wooded slopes, with plenty of backwaters to explore.

Blue = paddling, green = portage.

Paddle Point
Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK

A couple of easy put-in points popular with anglers. Easy parking for two cars right by river, a couple more along the small road leading to Halfords car park.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Fairly steep bank - about 1 metre high, usually a sandy beach to get out on, scramble up the bank and pass boats up.

Paddle Point
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

www.windsorcanoeclub.co.uk

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Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

Paddle Point
West Molesey, Surrey, UK

Hot snacks, cakes, teas etc

Paddle Point
East Molesey, Surrey, UK

Hot snacks, cakes, teas etc

Paddle Point
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK

The pub have their own dock - OK for canoes but easier to get in and out from the rowing club pontoon next door if in a wobbly kayak. Good place for a drink - cheapest meal is the fish finger sandwich with chips (£8) nice but a bit pricey!

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Test Route

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Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6, UK

This superb section of the Thames is a real adventure. As you wind your way round countless meanders, ducking under trees, pushing through reeds and gazing down into crystal clear waters, its hard to imagine that this is the same river as the one that flows under Tower Bridge in London.

Not without its dangers, in higher water conditions there can be a real risk of strangers, and you need to be prepared to battle through fallen trees.


Paddle Point
Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK

A nice short paddle on a pleasant bit of urban Thames.
Several choices of pub stop!

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Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

A circular paddle from Culham Lock, which heads upstream through the attractive town of Abingdon before returning down the jungle adventure and weir slide that is the fantastic Swift Ditch.
An extra loop down to Sutton Courtenay makes a nice end to the drip, albeit with a short extra portage past the weirs.

Abingdon




The weir at the start of Swift Ditch




In the jungle of Swift Ditch

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

A "there & back" route from the car park in Wolvercote up to the lovely small campsite at Pink Hill lock.


Paddle Point
Cricklade, Wiltshire SN6, UK

This is the highest point at which a canoe or kayak can normally paddle easily, though from here to Lechlade can be shallow, overgrown or blocked, sometimes dangerously so in strong flows.
Put in at the very end of Thames Lane, which may also be called Abingdon Court Lane now? There is parking for a few cars. Please park sensibly and don't block any residential areas, there is parking in the town a short walk away if needed.

Blog on Song of the Paddle

The put in, fairly high water


Put in, fairly low water

The section of river Thames from Cricklade as far as Castle Eaton is barely navigable. I managed with considerable difficulty (25/10/2016). There are many trees across the river necessitating a portage or climbing the obstruction where a portage is not possible. The water levels were low which allowed me to half-roll the kayak under some of the trees. With any flow of water this would be most unsafe and probably impossible.
Paddle Point
Castle Eaton, Swindon SN6, UK

Accessed at the bottom of the garden from the infant Thames.

Paddle Point
Inglesham, Swindon, UK

Put in from the bank across meadows from carpark. Trolley a good idea, its a reasonable distance if only the parking by the entrance is open. SOmetimes they open the field closer to the river too, which can be muddy.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Put in from tiny little park with a few benches between the road & the river. Parking virtually non-existent here, but you may just about squeeze one vehicle off the road here.

Paddle Point

First lock on the Thames

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A traditional riverside pub with landing stage

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A pub campsite, with toilet and tap informal camping, no 6m between tents rule and off the ground fires permitted. Concrete slipway to river Thames. £10 per unit per night (aug 2012) ring Penny on 01367 252313.


Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A concrete slipway leading from the camping field to a small tributary of the Thames. Campsite users only.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Parking on island between the 2 bridges, but technically this is owned by the pub, so pop in and ask.

Also camping there - see The Swan, Radcot which is opposite. New owners are hoping to improve the camping, but at present are only accepting groups.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Big garden, decent food, nice pint of ale.

Basic camping available in field opposite for a fiver or so.

Paddle Point

OK. They're not really proper rapids, but this new canoe pass is a fun way of avoiding the lock and does need at least a little skill to descend.

The EA have created a winding "natural" looking channel, with half a dozen small "drops" (each just 6" or so), between which are pools probably big enough to turn a canoe in. Ish. Certainly a kayak.

The lock keeper here is very pro-canoeing, and actively asked if the new pass could be promoted, as he believes a good reaction will mean the EA will continue to add more along the Thames.

A few images;

Entrance.


Top section





Middle



Bottom

Brilliant fun :-)

2 up with a canoe full of camping gear. No issues. Just follow the flow.

Yay! :-)

(Possibly watch the exit, as there is a concrete step on the left as you plop in to the river)
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Now has a canoe pass on river left. If this is closed due to high water, portage next to it.

Paddle Point

Lovely quiet spot with basic facilities.
Ring 01367 870218 for lock keeper to book.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Portage river left.
Upstream end - simple get out at lock moorings.
Downstream end - platform down small path below lock, with right angled turn and small gate at top.

Paddle Point

Lovely spot on the grass of the lock island, sheltered by trees.
Basic facilities, loo, tap & shower.
Quite small, so book on 01367 870247

2012 season The fee remains at £8 a "pitch". This is basically a single tent, but the lock keeper is pretty flexible. He counted 1 2-3 man tent and 2 large tarps, as 2 pitches, for instance.

The lock keeper has recently bought some decent hammocks - enclosed Eureka Chrysalis ones like this. For £14 a night you can use these instead of bringing your own tent, tarp or hammock. Booking advised, but if they're not being used you can decide when you arrive.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Portage river left if not going through lock.

Upstream - get out at moorings above lock.
Downstream - platform below lock with right angled turn to get onto it.
Paddle Point

Sadly now closed, this was a good launch point and nice pub.

Paddle Point entered for completeness, and for if somebody was looking for this as a place to stop!

Pub open again, very friendly. Owner had no problems with us launching, but I have not tried with the staff.
Paddle Point

Right by the river, nice garden, food and beer, but very popular.

Paddle Point

Can put in from landing stage reached by track behind pub.
Parking very limited, unless you are a customer.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Beautiful campsite on the banks of the River Thames.

Camping pitches and Log Pods.
Private road access to campsite.

Backpackers mini-pitch rates available.

Plenty of space but booking recommended at weekends.

Campfires in fire pits - firewood available (please pre-order)

Website: http://www.barefootcampsites.co.uk
Email: campingonthethames@gmail.com
Postcode : OX13 5JN
Telephone : 07974 309 958

Upper Lock Paddock (upstream of Northmoor Lock and weir)



Lower Lock Paddock (downstream of Northmoor Lock and Weir)



Log Pods in spring (located in Lower Lock Paddock)



Northmoor Lock Station - Lock House, Pound Lock and Paddle and Rymer weir
(as seen from Lower Lock Paddock campsite)

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Basic camping by river next to pub, whose facilities you can use.

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Pub normally happy to allow parking if you eat there or pay a small fee.

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Limited parking at end of lane reached via Eaton. NOTE - CARS HAVE BEEN VANDALISED OVERNIGHT HERE.

Slipway and easy bank access. Parking for 4 cars easily. Old ferry crossing.
Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Low banks for lock/weir walkaround, but to get to far side of weir involves a 'kissing gate'

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Fantastic quiet camping amongst the trees. Fires allowed, plenty of wood available. Friendly chickens!
Only 5 pitches in half acre or so site, so booking recommended with the lock keeper on 01865 881452.
Basic facilities - tap, loo, shower.

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Low bank easy access but getting around lock/weir involves a 'kissing gate'
No overhead restrictions (foliage etc.)though, so carrying over gate is easy enough.

Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

If not going through lock, the portage is river left. The easiest thing (coming from upstream) is to get out on the moorings by the wooded camping on river left, carry through this, past lock and left towards toilet block. Behind the loos is a lower platform in the weir stream with an easy put in.
Coming from downstream, if portaging keep right into weir stream and then reverse the above.

Paddle Point
Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29, UK

Reputedly possible to paddle up a backwater to this pub, but very overgrown looking. However, lock keeper has always been happy for us to leave canoes at Swinford Lock and walk up the 1/4 mile or so from there.

Getting to the pub was easy by paddling up Wharf Stream from the river Thames. You could see there were lots of pond lilies, still under the water surface. So I can imagine that it gets a bit too overgrown in summer.

Paddled up Warfe Stream in open canoe in August - easily done but some narrow spots and little sluggish through some waterlillies. Gorgeous little stretch of water, perfectly clear water with roach, pike, kingfishers, a family of swans and two young roe deer crossing in front of us.
Stayed in pub overnight (securing canoe under the deck - completely hidden!). Good basic comfortable pub
Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Lock through or portage alongside.

The portage is river right. The lower platform is quite high.
Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Camping on the island with a large communal fire pit.
A few trees shelter the site.
Basic facilities.
Can be popular with school & D of E groups, so book on 01865 881324

Excellent campsite.
Easy stroll into Eynsham, which has a Co-op for food and beers.

Weirdly the shower takes tokens that cost (July 2014) £3 and last 15minutes. Who showers for 1/4 of an hour?
Paddle Point
Cumnor, Oxfordshire, UK

Low, river-level banks can be paddled onto to walk around weir - no gates, fences etc. two points


Paddle Point
Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29, UK

Low, river-level banks can be paddled onto to walk around weir - no gates, fences etc. between two points

Paddle Point

If portaging, use river right, though the downstream platform is high (3-4 feet) so re-entry to kayaks awkward.

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Put in by car park on Godstow road to West of Wolvercote.

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Made famous by Inspector Morse, and very, very popular.

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

[b][/b]A shallow beach at the southern end of port meadow. Car park nearby at Walton Well road

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

A public slipway, club and well stocked paddling shop.

The best place to put in if you are paddling the Cherwell!

Free parking. Dont leave valuables on display

The centre were happy for us to leave cars here for 3 days, obviously at our own risk (no security).
useful put in under the bridge;



Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=7240

Can be accessed from the water by paddling up the Hinksey Stream from the Thames, via one small weir portage.

Paddlepoints is a great website. It lists lots of camping areas, but has along the Thames (Starting from Cricklade) and wild camped. We are going to paddle some of the Thames with 2 children and it might be too far between some of the campsites or they might be fully booked.
I believe it's possible to paddle up Hinksey Stream, but access to this campsite has been fenced off by the Environment Agency. Shame on them. They should encourage canoe and kayak camping.
Thanks for the info(and for all the pubs added recently, my favourite kind of Paddle Point!) Nearly went there last week. Will investigate next time I'm there. Mal.
any update on this? is the problem only if you come upstream from the Thamesor is it possible to come down stream from the Fishes pub? I'm hoping to camp here on the 15th April?
Sorry, haven't been back there since the last comments. Might be worth phoning the campsite?
No probs, we'll have to try it and carry our boats if to much of an issue as there is no where else to camp.
Sure you'll be fine.

We camped at Oxford Sea Scouts once, with a small group (families). I didn't make the arrangements so don't have any contact details; http://www.paddlepoints.net?PP=5272
The only weird thing is that people walk through the field on a regular basis. It was actually quieter than the C&CC site. We were given a code to access the building for loos & showers.




cheers Mal, I've emailed the scouts and have looked up the loop route on here so have a couple of options for accessing the C&CC site. I'll update here with the final plan or a trip update regards access.
Hi Bignath,
How did you get on? We need a place to stay on a Monday in July and the scouts or the C&CC site are our preferred options. Did the sea scouts reply? If so, can you please give me their contact details? Many thanks!
Do *NOT* attempt to get there via Hinksey stream at the back. There is *NO* access unless you like a dire tree lined ditch, weirs, nettles, brambles and a fence. According to the man at the campsite (July 2014) the Environment agency built the fence in 2012/13 and dont manage the waterway.

However it's a relatively easy push (assuming you have wheels) from the main Thames, over the bridge, along the road, to the campsite. We did this on the way out, much, much easier.

Ohh, campsite is very quiet, and Canoe/Kayak campers qualify "backpackers" so can squeeze in without booking (we did, phew :-) ), but has a b***dy noisy railway just over the back. Earplugs recommended.
Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Upstream section of River Thames (aka Isis here)is popular with University rowing clubs, so can get busy. Take care there are strong wier currents here and at Osney Lock 2 m upstream. Downstream it is 1.6 miles to Sandford lock.

Iffley Lock(SP 52574 03667)
Postcode: OX4 4EJ

Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

Put in at north end of pay & display car park

Parked Car here for three days, with prior permission from very helpful and friendly Landlord of Kings Arms, but need to arrive when pub is open as he issued us with a 3 day parking pass - all of £1 per day!
Very easy put in above Sandford Lock
Paddle Point
Oxford, UK

A riverside pub with patio and easy mooring.



Paddle Point
Kennington, Oxfordshire, UK

A free carpark with height restriction right next to Sandford Lock.

Don't leave valuables on display!!

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Swift Ditch is a fun, narrow & overgrown stream that forms one of the old courses of the Thames. At the entrance, with appropriate care, the weir can be run down the middle. Open canoes will normally take on some water, or more!
There is a much small, very simple, little weir a couple of hundred yards further down.
Continue down, with many a turn, duck, stinging nettle and bramble, until you come back out on the Thames.

Not one to be attempted in high water.

The weir at the top




In "The Ditch" below the weir.

Paddle Point

A small weir that is the remains of an old lock. The first Pound Lock on the Thames.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A fantastic wooded picnic spot which is surounded by water and three small weirs.

A very Historical place, probably where the non tidal Thames was first managed.

Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Lock through or portage either alongside lock (gates), or easier, on river right using side stream and easy grassy bank to bay below weir.

Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Playspot which may be working in the late spring and summer months when other weirs are not.

More info here.

This is a reliable playspot but not good for SUP surfing. Good fun in a Kayak and is the site of an anual competition called 'The Blastathon'

Very shallow with loads of stuff on the river bed, be careful!
Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Easier than portaging the lock and quicker than going through the weir. Crosses a simple slope between the backwater and the bay below the weir.

A proposed hydro electric project is planed to go ahead here..
I think all weirs should generate hydro electricity, especially with a faster flow of water in the winter. Its got to help the environment.
Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

A nice put in next to the Abbey Meadow pay and display carpark.

Can be ideal if heading upstream to save going through the lock or portaging the weir.

Loos and ice creams nearby!

Parking here is free on Sundays
Watch out for fallen Willows that block the river near the carpark. We had to take the canoe on the trolley along the footpath towards the Thames and it wasn't clear until we were past the first footbridge, about 400m from carpark. But that aside a lovely place to paddle upstream 3 - 4 miles towards Sandford Lock. (May 2013)
Thanks Nick. This one seems to get blocked but then clears, as a friend did it very recently and it was clear. Worth having the trolley then, but you may get lucky!
Parking no longer free on Sundays, but still reasonable.

http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/transport/car-parks/car-park-locations/abingdon/abbey-close
Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Heading diagonally across the field from the car park (200m+) will allow you to find a slightly lower bank.

Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Roadside parking and put in.

AVOID - Can often be full 8am to 6pm hours. Consider FREE public car park at Abingdon Marina just to the South.
Paddle Point
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Wilsham Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 5LD
01234 567890 ?

http://www.abingdonrc.org.uk

Paddle Point

A nice small carpark about 100 yrds from the put in.

A good alternative to Wilsham Road

Went to check out this put in. Would have been fine except that fishermen had taken up every available put in with all their equipment so I doubt they'd have happily moved for us. I'd suggest coming on a potentially quiet day.
Paddle Point
Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

A good weir with stopper. Better when both gates are open. Very reliable, one gate open most of the year but not great for experts...A good intro to weirs.

More information here.
Paddle Point
Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

Leave canoes in backwater above weirs, then walk a few hundred yards to the pub. Slightly restauranty, but very friendly and chatty about canoeing!

Paddle Point
Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

Walk across fields from river, or along road from lock.

Pub closed.....Now sadly a private residence.
Paddle Point
Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

Go through lock or portage river left.

Upstream - moorings above lock.
Downstream - lower platform a few yards below lock down small path.

Paddle Point
Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

Tollgate Road, Culham, Abingdon, OX14 4NE. Large quiet carpark nearby but with height restriction barrier that may prevent vans using it. Just upstream riverbank has a lowered bank for canoe use. Downstream lock bank can have 3-4ft drop to waterlevel.
According to the great website http://thames.me.uk/s01470.htm this lock was once called ' ... the deepest, coldest lock on the Thames … this tomb-like lock- so take care!

From the car park to putting in upstream is a few hundred yards, so if you're not happy to carry this far, bring a trolley.

The height barrier is 6'8", a little lower than some. A normal car with an upturned canoe or kayak should be fine, but a sideways kayak on a Honda Accord had just 1cm clear!

As mentioned, the downstream put in is quite high, though there is a ladder.
Paddle Point
Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14, UK

Garden goes down to the River. Often bouncy castle. Good for paddling families.
Paddle Point

Lock through if possible. Portage here is river right, but awkward as downstream platform is high and accessed by steps.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Great location, but slightly run down, campsite by the bridge right on the river banks.
On occasion, children have been refused entry due to the whims of the eccentric owner!!!("No kids allowed here", despite the same kids having stayed there both a few months before and a few weeks afterwards!) Call first.

Paddle Point

Chef and Brewer Pub which is actually excellent with decent beer and food, a nice garden and close to river. However, canoes need to be left by bridge on the other bank over bridge, so worth locking them to something.

Paddle Point

Put in from grass 30 yards from church gate. Park on road nearby.

Yes a pretty good spot though note that parking here isn't allowed Sundays between 8am and 12noon (parking then only allowed for church use). The launch spot is good though it seems popular with fisherman who were there when we arrived but luckily they were just leaving.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Day's Lock on the River Thames near Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. The weir runs straight across the river from the other side of the lock island. Day's Lock is the main gauging station for the measurement of the water flow in the River Thames. Apparently, the World Poohsticks Championships, have taken place annually here since 1983, so paddle under the bridge with care!

Has a great campsite. Advisable to book as you need the loo/shower key (deposit £10).
However you need to drag your boat out of the river and up a goodly set of steps from the downstream mooring.
We loved it
Paddle Point

More hotel than pub, but a welcome source of cold drinks on a hot summer day!

Paddle Point
Benson, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Great spot for a cuppa, cake, ice cream or whatever. Landing stage is quite high from a canoe, so land in the little park just downstream.

Paddle Point
Benson, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Small park with easy river access, just downstream of The Waterfront Cafe, Oxford Road, Benson, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 6SJ Parking in lane or across road nearby. NB: a short distance downsteam is Benson Lock, best for upstream paddle to Shillingford, Dorchester etc.

Paddle Point
Benson, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Benson Lock and Weir

Go through lock. If portaging, the options are as follows:

River left - moorings above to high mooring below. Small gate to pass through. Short but awkward.
River right - moorings above, past lock, down footpath for a few hundred yards, put in from sandy beach. Easy but much longer.
Paddle Point
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Right by the bridge. Can be a bit of a "young" pub, but fine in the day time.

Paddle Point
Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Riverside camping and swimming pool

Seasonal only

Thanks Anthony!
Paddle Point
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

Put in on beach downstream of bridge. Pay & Display car park under arches 100 yards away.

Paddle Point
Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK

http://bridgevilla.co.uk/campsite/

The best shower facilities you could ever ask for!

Paddle Point

A rural gravel slipway with ample free parking and no height barriers.

Paddle Point

A good, well maintained slipway; limited parking available. No height barrier.


Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A riverside pub/hotel with mooring right alongside the pub patio.

Paddle Point
Goring, Reading, Oxfordshire RG8, UK

Put in by side stream under footbridge. Portage across grass from bottom of Ferry Lane where you can drop off but not park. Park in village car park.

Put in is a bit overgrown and full of debris at the moment, plus can be awkward when high river level. Alternative is 300 metres upstream (low level platform in front of lock gates).
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

An easy put in from a small gravel beach next to a rough car park.

As of January 2012, this car park has been blocked off and is not currently usable. Hopefully this is only a temporary thing.

Alternatives are below Whitchurch Bridge at Adventure Dolphin, or at the Swan in Pangbourne (very limited parking, and would need the pub's permission).
Unfortunately it's still blocked as of July 2013 - gated and earth piled up.
Paddle Point
Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK

Right next to the river and road, with launch access point but very limited parking.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage

Portage is river left.

Upstream - platform then a couple of steps upwards.
Downstream - steps down then high put in from concrete edge.
Paddle Point
Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK

Simple launch point down Ferry Lane

Paddle Point
Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK

Launch easily from riverside platform across grass from carpark by Adventure Dolphin Centre.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Limited camping in the grounds of Mapledurham House by arrangement.
Mapledurham Trust (SU 669 766)
The Estate Office, Mapledurham, Reading, Berks, RG4 7TR
Tel: 0118 9723350 or 07721 094 862

Paddle Point

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point

Playspot that may be OK in high conditions. Info here: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-mapledurham-weir

Paddle Point updated to a Play Spot - Yes, a good surf wave in high conditions.
Paddle Point

Thames Canoe Hire rent out a fleet of Canoes and Kayaks from their base on the Thames at Tilehurst, Reading. All boats have river licenses and are rented out with paddles and buoyancy aids.

http://thamescanoehire.com/index.php

Paddle Point
Reading, UK

Reading Canoe Club, based on the Thames west of Caversham Bridge.

Website

Paddle Point
Reading, UK

A free carpark close to a nice access point by Caversham Bridge

The slipway gate is not locked, but a lot of people ignore the 'Do not feed the birds' signs and so the slip is covered in swan crap! it is possible to put in further along from the bridge.

Bloody swans. This pic tells the truth. There is also a floating set of pontoons just to the left, presumably owned by the rowing club that could be used in a pinch.
Paddle Point
Reading, UK

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point
Earley, Wokingham RG6, UK

Simple put in with adjacent free parking. Height barrier on entrance (tall enough for most cars with one canoe, but care needed)

Paddle Point

Lock through or portage

Portage is river right from moorings above and below lock. Involves steps at both ends.

Paddle Point

Put into weir stream, downstream of weir. If you wish to head upstream, you will need to go round to the lock first.

The parking here is very limited, and it is a popular spot, so you will need to arrive early.

Great place to put in and head down stream and through St Patrick's Stream, it drops the height of Shiplake lock so can pull you though in strong flow
Paddle Point updated to a Play Spot
Paddle Point

A lovely, unusual alternative to the Thames itself, St Patrick's bypasses a lock without any weirs, and offers a nicely flowing beautiful paddle before joining the Loddon which flows out into the Thames below Shiplake Lock. Can be busy with anglers, but they're normally friendly.
A nice circuit can be made using the Thames and St Patrick's Stream/River Loddon.

Paddled St Patrick's Stream last weekend. Beautiful stretch of water. We carried on and paddled through Hennerton Backwater. Another beautiful route.
Paddle Point

Easy put in off grassy banks, but need to portage down tarmac path from Mill Lane and over a kissing gate. Approx 100m.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage easily as follows.

Coming from upstream, keep left into lock cut, then get out river right just before lock and go down grass to ramp onto easy platform in weir stream.

Coming from downstream, keep left into weir stream and look for floating platform with ramp several hundreds yards up the stream, on the right. Get out here, up grass and put in easily just above lock.

Paddle Point
Wargrave, Reading, Wokingham RG10, UK

A slipway at the end of a very narrow lane with no parking or turning room, meaning you have to reverse round a corner to get out. Nearest parking is in school lane.

Paddle Point
Wargrave, Reading, Wokingham RG10, UK

Popular riverside pub with landing stages, real ale and fairly posh food.

Paddle Point
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK

Busy river bank with landing stage. Pay & Display car park across grass.

Paddle Point
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK

A public slipway with limited onstreet parking opposite. Gets very busy in summer

Paddle Point
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9, UK

http://www.swissfarmcamping.co.uk/

Good, clean, tidy and quiet campsite. Tad expensive, but *book* in advance they are busy in summer (no regatta weeks)

Getting there means a port (wheels ideally) from the river, you may be charged (we were) for mooring/launching on the private land adjacent, but there are no hard feelings just £4 gone.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Portage from limited street parking, over gates. Slightly awkward therefore.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage

This lock fills from the sides rather than paddles on the upstream gates, so the water 'boils' up from underneath on both sides, almost like a giant hot tub! Nothing too dramatic, but may be a little disconcerting if you're not expecting it.
Paddle Point

Playspot: info here - http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-hambleden-weir

A reasonably challenging playspot with a ramp designed with paddlers in mind. More info on tvfreestylers.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Old Ferry launch point - slipway and landing stage. Parking for about a dozen cars nearby. Popular with kayaks wishing to play on Hambledon weir just upstream.

Paddle Point

Excellent pub with good ales about 1/4 mile up the lane from easy slipway on the Thames.
Food average to good, but the front bar is an excellent place to be, and the beer spot on!

Shut after lunch when we tried to visit on Friday 15th May 2015.
Paddle Point

A public slip with some roadside parking.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock campsite over the weir from the main lock island. No road access. Decent simple facilities.

Book through lock keeper - 01628 824334

Paddle Point

Probably the best playspot in the south of England.

Lots of information here: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-hurley-weir

Paddle Point updated to a Play Spot
A great fun very powerful and scary wave that is great for SUP surfing but challenging!

More SUP Surfing info and vid here - http://ukriversurfers.com/page6.html
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A small weir just up from the downstream portage platform.

Paddle Point
Hurley, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Simple put in from bank by footbridge. Car park a few hundred metres down path (quite narrow)

Paddle Point

Lock through or portage across island on grass, river left.

Toilets here.

Camping available.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage river left

Downstream platform is slightly awkward due to steps.
Paddle Point

Paddle Point
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

http://www.marlowcc.org.uk/j/


Marlow Canoe Club URL update http://marlowcc.org.uk/w/
Paddle Point
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

NO PARKING near put in, drop off & park in town.

Paddle Point
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Info here: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-marlow-weir

Paddle Point
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7, UK

Lock through or portage awkwardly river left with steps and high put in downstream.

Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Quirky, nautical themed pub accessed from the water or by walking only.

Good garden by the river, nice beer, good value food for the area.

Great pub (looks a bit like a Cafe' as you pass, but it's not). Retro and quirky. Recommended. :-)
Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

A shelving gravel beach on a side stream of the Thames, with a limited amount of free onstreet parking in Odney lane. Paddle 50 yards upstream under bridge to river Thames (weir further downstream)



Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Instead of using lock or portaging it awkwardly, it is possible to portage this weir over grass river right.

Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Lock through or portage on river left side. Steps at both ends, and high concrete sides downstream make portage slightly awkward.

Camping and ice cream here!

An alternative portage (coming from upstream) would be to head down the next right weir stream, and get out river right above weir, cross grass & minor road, then put in below weir.

Paddle Point
Cookham, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Lock campsite on grass on island. Nice spot overlooked by wooded hills, and with no access by car.

Best to book - 01628 520752

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Popular play spot that can look quite impressive (= scary!)

Info: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-boulters-weir

Canoe portage at the south end.

More information here
Paddle Point
Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Instead of using or portaging the lock (awkward), you can portage here using purpose built platform and steps just downstream of the weir.

Paddle Point
Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Put in from concrete bank opposite car park.

The Pay and Display Bolters Lock car park is hight restricted. So be careful when driving onto it. If your kayak is higher up on your car than 1.9m you need to get it off the car before driving on the car park.
The charges can be found here: http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200357/council_car_parks/913/maidenhead_area_car_parks

The concrete bank is a bit high up from the water and getting into the kayak can be difficult for beginners.
Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Lock through or portage with difficulty.

Alternatively, portage by the downstream end of the main weir before the lock cut (coming downstream), easy steps and platforms.

Ice creams normally for sale here!

Paddle Point
Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Also has info which is useful for seeing the current flow rates.

http://www.mwronline.net/mrc/default.aspx

Paddle Point
Bray, Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead SL6, UK

A public slipway, but little or no parking. Nearest car park is in the high st.

Paddle Point
Bray, Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead SL6, UK

Cheap caff - hardly!

Famous Roux brother's restaurant, with 3 Michelin stars.
Be nice to be brave enough to turn up by canoe!
http://www.waterside-inn.co.uk/

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point

Put in from bank moorings. Portage a few hundred metres from car park down footpath.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point

Portaging here is easy as there are punt rollers to the right of the lock coming from above.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

There are a few interesting backwaters which canoes can take here, cutting off the hairpin corner of the Thames, and passing the swan sanctuary.

This backwater is called 'Cuckoo Weir' Deceptive, as there is now no weir here!
Paddle Point
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

Public slipway near Windsor Leisure Centre, where there is pay & display parking.

Public fresh water tap by low platform - no key needed



Paddle Point
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

Slipway a few hundred yards from leisure centre car park.

Paddle Point
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

Paddle Point
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

A KILLER.

This anti-scour weir has claimed the lives of several experienced paddlers.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point
Old Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Runnable in the right conditions. Possible to 'walk' down the step weir on river right too.

Paddle Point
Old Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Paddle Point
Wraysbury, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

There is a parking barrier which is locked early evening.

pay and display - locked at 7pm (7/6/2012)

National Trust members can park for free but you need to display your NT window sticker and membership card.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

There is a pay and display car park next to the pleasure grounds, with a cafe and ice creams!

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Lock through or portage

Easy portage access on the Runnymede side of the lock. Less easy on the Staines side for the inexperienced paddler.
Paddle Point
Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK

Famous old inn by Staines bridge.

Low platform along bank makes it easy to get to by canoe or kayak.

Paddle Point
Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK

Modern pub by river.

The moorings are designed for boats, but not too high.

Not a recommended put in, but would be fine for a quick pint.

Paddle Point
Staines, Surrey, UK

A concrete public slipway with low put in and a pay and display carpark. 7ft 3 height barrier to car park.

landing stage on the other side of the small footbridge

Paddle Point
Staines, Surrey, UK

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point

A lovely stream that winds its way from the Thames at Penton Hook marina, down to beneath Chertsey Weir. One weir near the end, with punt rollers. Can be VERY overgrown in July/August.
Makes for a nice circuit linked with the river.

It is a nice paddle. I have done it many times in winter and summer. There are at least 3 Prs of Swans nesting along the Stream at the moment 16-05-2013 so take care when going down there, and the weir at the bottom is clogged up with tree debris.
Lots of clearance work done since the floods no real problems now. Boat rollers at the end all working great and nothing blocking the small weirs.
Lovely paddle.
water level was a bit lower than average which made for interesting work getting under and over trees.
Paddle Point
Staines, Surrey, UK

A public ramp with limited parking

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

http://www.lalehamcampingclub.co.uk/

Convenient location. Pricey. Known as Stalag Laleham :D

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Launch easily opposite Pay & Display car park.

Campsite next door - expensive and lots of rules!

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Popular with kayakers heading for Chertsey Weir. Very limited vergeside parking.

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Small weir in the style of a folly!! The central stream has punt rollers so getting your canoe up or down is easy.

The Abbey river is great fun and so pretty - be very careful if there is any significant flow as there are a lot of low branches to get stuck in! Quiet a few rollers at the weir are broken so you need to drag/lift your boat over them.
Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Popular small summer playspot. Info: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-chertsey-weir

N.B. If doing the Abbey River, it can be difficult to cross the turbulence below the weir if the river is high.

More information on Thames Valley Freestylers website.
Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Go through, or portage across lock island at the upstream end (steps)

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/siteseekerlite/aspx/details.aspx?id=6090

Nice site, pricey but good facilities and location. They manage to make booking for a group as hard as possible.

Paddle Point
Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Put in from beach a few hundred m from car park at Chertsey Mead

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 221 957

http://www.vintageinn.co.uk
Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

Playspot with slalom course and "rock", justifiably viewed as one of the best in England.

Info: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/south-east/river-thames-shepperton-weir

More information on this playspot on Thames Valley Freestylers website.
Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

For more details, see here UK River Guide Books - Shepperton Weir
Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Lock through or portage

Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

More info here

Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

Put in is the downstream portage platform. there is free parking up by the public toilets, though the spaces fill up fast. during the summer, cream teas, light snacks and ice creams are available from the tea hut on the lock island.

Paddle Point
Weybridge, Surrey, UK

More information here

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Easy put in opposite river side car park

Out & Return - Walton upriver to Weybridge then down stream to Sunbury and back. Easy paddle & easy parking / launch.So many memories for me on this paddle so forgive my personal comments. http://youtu.be/d5O2aPxUxdgEnjoy yourself as much as I did. Peter
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Tel: 01932 223 996

http://www.anglerswalton.com
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

In normal conditions, it is possible to descent this stepped weir in the middle (you will get damp feet) and the paddle down the backwater to below Sunbury Lock. A lovely section quite shallow but very rural considering where it is!

Did this today - it is extreeemely slippery - lookout. There was only a trickle of water coming over so in places very shallow below the weir. Lovely tranquil stretch down to the main weir - look out for the fishermen and the flow from the main weir as it can be rather powerful.
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Access via footpath adjacent to Rowing Club. Free parking at end of Sunbury Lane.

Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Put in just upstream from the Weir Inn, opposite Sunbury Weir. Parking alongside local football ground, unless its a match day!

Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Good access to water, beware fisherman though.
Cheap pay & display

Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

A weir play spot with a maximum of 7 gates, that changes character in different conditions.

This can be a hazardous spot, so you need to be able to read it.

In modest levels open canoes can practice ferry gliding and side surfing.

http://www.tvfreestylers.co.uk/thames-weir-guides/sunbury-weir/

Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Put in from grass opposite Green St and near the Flowerpot pub. Find street parking nearby - can be busy.

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

They have mooring at the rear of this pub, So it might be possible to get out of the kayak or canoe.
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Lock through or use punt rollers to the left of the gates coming from upstream.

The punt rollers

Paddle Point
Shepperton, Surrey, UK

Paddle Point
Hampton, Greater London, UK

http://www.hamptoncanoeclub.co.uk/index.php

Paddle Point
West Molesey, Surrey, UK

Easy access to Thames just 5 min upstream from Hampton Court and Molesey Weir.Free parking. Kids playground and grass area adjacent.

Parking is Height restricted, ok for car with Kayak on roof but not my T5. Not too much of a problem as nice grass area to decamp kayaks drive through then put them back on for the last 100 meters
Paddle Point
East Molesey, Surrey, UK

Lock through or use punt rollers to the left of the lock gate coming downstream.

Paddle Point
Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK

Paddle Point
Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK

Paddle Point
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK

Slipway launch.

Parking nearby and on Lower Ham Road, some of it metered. Free on Sundays.

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

Possible landing spot, the main problem being that it is some distance to the road - Riverside Drive or Burnell Ave, and parking is limited to on street.

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

Big family friendly pub with good food. They even have a private jetty for customers ONLY so call ahead if you need to moor up.

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

It is possible to launch here very easily - it is slight incline and a long slipway. Beware of tides and fast flowing water from the weir. The Thames is tidal from this point on, can be very high and can move quickly - check tide tables if you are heading down river so you have energy to get back here! Tides and times can be checked at Teddington Lock if you walk across the bridge. You can double back through Teddington Lock to go upstream for non-tidal Thames to Kingston and Hampton Court.

There are 2 pubs nearby - The Tide End and The Anglers - both serve great food. There is also a small cafe at The Chandlery - The Flying Cloud - open in the Summer months only.

There is no parking although you can park to unload (the gate may be locked though). Parking can be found along the road past the Lensbury Club.

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

Great pub, greta food :o)

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

Cafe served out of an old fashioned American trailer. Summer months and daytime only. Right on slipway with outside seating deck.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

First tidal lock on The Thames. Provides tide times and levels. Manned usual lock hours. Toilets on the Lock.

Lovely place for a picnic with benches on grassed area.

There is a Porters lock to the left as you go downstream.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Open Lock hours

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

The last lock on the non-tidal Thames - beyond here you are on tidal waters.

There is no vehicle access to the lock.

There are punt rollers for portaging.

Paddle Point
Richmond, Greater London, UK

Has a double sloping access to the river. Free car park on site beware a 2.1m max height on entrance

Paddle Point
Richmond, Greater London, UK

There are steps down to the river at the end of Riverside.

There is a slipway just upstream too.

Small car park on Friar's Lane a short walk away, but best to drop canoes off at river.

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

http://www.royalcanoeclub.com/

Have been happy to allow users to launch or land here, if permission is sought in advance and no cars are left on site.

Paddle Point
Twickenham, Greater London, UK

This is a tidal lock, and as such is left open for 2 hours either side of high tide.

Punt rollers by the weir on river left

Paddle Point
Teddington, Greater London, UK

Small slipway next to rowing club, limited parking & mind out for the swans that like the slipway

Paddle Point
London, UK

You can launch upstream of the bridge, on river right.

This section is tidal, so experience and knowledge of tides and rough water essential. Park on street (limited).

Pubs nearby.

Paddle Point
London, UK

There are three substantial sets of concrete steps between Blackfriars Bridge & the New Globe theatre. The set at the pub is the best bet for a sandy beach on a falling tide. Good for a rest spot, if potentially busy with onlookers. Not recommended for parking if considering launch/get out.


Paddle Point
London, UK

Facing pub on Wapping Wall, there is a way through to its left. Follow this round to steps which go down to beach exposed at all but high tide. This section is tidal, so experience and knowledge of tides and rough water essential. Park on street.