Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

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EpsomExplorer
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Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

Post by EpsomExplorer » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:44 am

Hi - Taking up paddling again after a break of, ooh, a good 20 years with a plan for an open canoe trip from Shipley to Windsor with an overnight camp at Cookham. I'm trying to get my head around the likely paddle time for each day and was wondering whether anyone could point me in the direction of live flow data for that stretch of the Thames. What sort of knot rate would you expect for a three-man open canoe including camping kit? How many hours is that first 15-mile stretch likely to take? Any advice or pointers very much appreciated! :-)

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Re: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

Post by John K » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:56 am

If you reckon on about 3 miles an hour you probably won’t be far wrong. Shiplake to Cookham makes a good day of gentle paddling. Unless it rains a lot you can assume that the flow will be negligible though.

Have you booked your camping at Cookham?

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Re: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

Post by EpsomExplorer » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:16 pm

Thank you. Useful advice. We have indeed booked at Cookham since I’ve read it’s pretty limited in the number of available pitches. Thanks again for the response.

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