Thames standup paddleboard weekend


Challenge: Two days stand-up paddling down the Thames

Details: A 26-mile journey two-day trip on stand-up paddleboards down the River Thames from Oxford to Streatley is a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Boards can be hired for the weekend and while there are a few other things to think about, without too much hassle, you can be on the Thames, gliding down the river meandering through the countryside. If you’d rather just try a few hours out, you can try stand-up paddleboarding on London’s canals or in the Docklands.

Where? Downstream from Oxford to Streatley, spending the night at Clifton Hampden.

Transport? Train from London to Oxford on Friday night, then a 10-minute taxi to the campsite. Paddleboard all weekend – you’ll need non-motorised ‘boat’ licences from the Environment Agency. Train back from Goring & Streatley station on Sunday evening.

When? Probably best during summer months when the days are longer and the weather more likely to be pleasant.

Bring? Tent/ bivvy bag, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, head torch, swimming stuff, clothes for all weather, old trainers, dry bags to keep your clothes dry

Accommodation? ? On Friday evening, we camped at Oxford Camping & Caravan Site. Saturday night we pitched our tents at Bridge House Camping at Clifton Lock. Call 01865 407725 to book as no website.

Food & drink? Picnic food for breakfast. Riverside pub lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night dinner The Barley Mow at Clifton Hampden right next to the Bridge House campsite. Make sure you book well in advance as there is nothing else there food-wise and the pub is popular.

Cost? Train to London-Oxford; Train Goring-London; Paddleboard and life jacket rental £35 per day; Food; Camping £20 for two nights

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