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Thames trip advice wanted

Post by Andy:P » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:37 pm

I'm looking to take my son down the Thames for a couple of days in an open Canadian, stopping for pub lunches and camping for one night, preferably on a lock island. We want to put in somewhere near reading and travel at a really easy pace taking in Henley and Hurley.
Can anybody offer advice on a good put in? A good place to take out / how far were likely to go ( based upon mostly floating pace ) ? and somewhere safe to leave the car overnight near the takeout? Are there any friendly riverside pubs with big car parks that I can leave it in ?
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Post by Yellow boat » Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:14 pm

Get in's around Reading would be at the waterside centre/Marsport. Or a bit further down stream at the St George and Dragon pub Wargrave. Camp on Hurley lock island. You will probably need to book the site as is gets full quickly in the summer hols.
Paddle on down to Maidenhead/Bolters lock you can get out there. Over night parking may be a problem in that area. Though lots of pubs that might help you.
That would be a very gentle paddle.

Look on Paddlepoints.net for other options.
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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by stevebs36 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:58 am

Sorry for hijacking the thread, but if I was to spend a week playing in one of the Thames playspots and not going up/down the river much at all, will I need a permit from the Environment Agency / Thames License?

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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:23 am

Yes, you need the EA licence in order to launch

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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by NigelP » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:56 am

I did a similar trip about 3 years ago with a 5 year old,

put in at Henley there is a public park and carpark near the boat club in henly where you can get on. I got dropped off here.

We booked a pitch on the island at longridge http://www.longridge.org.uk/ and they allow ground fires there but the toilets are on the main land (you've got a boat!)

other options were the campsites at hurley island or temple island but these book up a long time in advance i think the contact details are on the environment agency website or maybe the thames river website

I left the van in river road maidenhead by the boat club and got out there just below the bridge.

Sat we launched about 12 - about 5 hours paddling to marlow, sunday was a bit of an easier paddle and we were in the van and on our way home by noon but we did start early.

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:57 pm

Be sure to take in St Patrick's Stream. It's lovely.
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Post by chriscw » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:13 pm

Or indeed Hennerton backwater, which will be an easier on to do if you are launching at the George and Dragon.
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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by Andy:P » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:06 pm

Thanks all for the good advice..... looking forward to it

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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by Slime » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:27 am

Suggest you check out the Pub Paddles guidebook if you haven't got it already.

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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by Mark R » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:40 pm

Rather nice and much less traffic, further upriver...
http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2014/ ... er-thames/
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Post by chriscw » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:12 am

Mark R wrote:Rather nice and much less traffic, further upriver...
http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2014/ ... er-thames/
Did you have to book to camp at the locks Mark or did you just show up and pitch? Is there a list of the ones with sites somewhere.

We camped at the trout in Lechlade and did the Cricklade to Lechlade bit a few years back and I have been wanting to go back and do some more.
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Post by Mark R » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:35 am

Just showed up. Don't think there is a list here, there is one in the Pesda book 'Canoe Classics South England'.
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Re: Thames trip advice wanted

Post by yung » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:10 pm

stevebs36 wrote:Sorry for hijacking the thread, but if I was to spend a week playing in one of the Thames playspots and not going up/down the river much at all, will I need a permit from the Environment Agency / Thames License?
If you are BCU member you are covered.

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