Upcoming Day Tours (Ideas)

At the last trips planning meeting it was proposed that we assemble a list of paddling day trips. I have already started and had some contributions from other coaches. Some of you have  led local trips and will have specific details in your files.

Please can you help by adding other trips to the list and returning as an attachment.

I have highlighted some names because I think you will have details in your own records.

The next thing is to have some volunteers to lead a tour.

We are trying to create a tour once a month on Sundays, to replace Sunday morning paddling. Ideally, the second Sunday of the month, so people begin to consider the second Sunday as a regular opportunity for a club paddle.

Well, I think that was the idea!

Any volunteers. Any dates???

I think Ian and I could lead Tyle Mill to Marsport on 10th December (opportunity for a bit of a Christmas theme maybe). It would be great if we had other coaches or even a shuttle driver to help.

Please contact tripsplanning@adventuredolphin.co.uk if you have any ideas or can help.


Adventure Dolphin – Local Day Trips

River Access / Egress Duration, distance, difficulty Notes.


Kennet & Avon Canal

Kintbury to Hungerford & return

Kintbury, adjacent to rail station / Kintbury lock. Round trip 11km; 4 lock portages; approx. 3 hours (excluding stops).

K or OC (2*)

Approx. 1 hr drive from Pangbourne.

Straightforward portages.

Various café opportunities in Hungerford. Dundas Arms pub at finish in Kintbury.

Trip will work in either direction.

Sheltered flat water trip.

Tyle Mill to Wokingham CC Tyle Mill (SU626 692) near Sulhampstead

WCC car park (737 743)

15km with 4 locks and 1 weir. Height bar at Tyle mill is awkward. Ideally have a willing shuttle driver to save time. Starts rural, passes through Reading town centre.

Can have wind against so allow 3-4 hours.

Swift Ditch



St Patrick’s Stream

Lower Shiplake/Henley

Henley to Marlow




Hamble- le- Rice,

near Southampton.

Usually 2-3 hours max each way.

Possibility of wind means it is best as sea kayak or tandem open canoe with reasonably strong paddlers (3*)

Approx. 1 hour drive from Newbury.

Access via public slip or beach. Car park fees.

Best done when high tide is lunch time, which coincides with spring tides. Paddle up river on rising tide to Horse and Jockey, Curbridge. Then return on ebb.

Café near car park.

Sheltered tidal water but can be prone to wind!

Studland Bay/ Swanage bay National Trust car par at Knoll Beach.

Approx. 2 hour drive from Reading.

Start from Breach, short carry and paddle along coastline to Old Harry Rocks, care with tide race off Old Harry, care with wind Easterly on shore, keep in to have shelter from SW winds, round Old Harry and cliff section with difficult landings , then reach edge of Swanage bay again care with weather especially wind if off shore SW/W, keep to coast and into Swanage bay. Best with Kayaks. Sea kayaks, in some conditions very calm canoes can be used. 3 * in craft Approx 1.5/2 hours from Pangbourne

Car Park free to NT members two good cafes on beach

If keeping close to cliffs crash hats recommended ( tourists throwing stones off cliff top ). Cafes and ice creams along Swanage beach

Other variants same start and paddle round to Poole Harbour, care at Harbour mouth, don’t try and paddle against the tide!!

And circumnavigate Brownsea Island ( other possible starts by ferry Studland side Free car parking or at car park and beach by Poole Harbour canoe club base, likely to have to pay and display