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Dist:  50km

Min age:  16

Duration:  1

Thames Marathon Rowing Event (1Day)

Paddle Adventure

Join Adventure Cafe for a one day Adventure Challenge with a twist - afloat on the river Thames. The Thames is one of the iconic sights of London, blending the history and architecture of West London with scenic natural beauty of the pleasant countryside along the green corridor that the Thames provides. Join us on the Thames as it snakes its way past some of the city's most famous sights. We shall spend time on both semi tidal, and non tidal stretches of the river. This is the upgraded and more challenging version - taking us up to 50km along the river! Be ready for a challenge!

This is a one day challenge, rowing a traditional rowing skiff down a very scenic section of the Thames from Richmond to Walton and back again. The challenge is approx. 25kms each way. From Richmond you will pass by Twickenham and then on to Hampton Court Park before reaching halfway at Walton.
After lunch you head back onto the river for the row back to Richmond. There will also be a lock to navigate on the route as we make the transition from Non-Tidal to Tidal river! On arrival back to Richmond you will be debriefed and then have the opportunity to head to the pub for drinks and challenge banter.
The challenge will be physically tiring so a good degree of fitness and upper body strength is required and it is not for the faint hearted.

Please Note: This is a bespoke challenge for private groups. The guide price is based on a minimum of six people in one boat. 



All timings are approximate and may be changed to suit group.
08.30 Arrival at Richmond and challenge briefing.
09.00 All aboard to start rowing
13:30 Stop for lunch at Walton.
13.45 Back on the water for the return leg.
17:00 - 19:00 Arrival back at Richmond for debriefing. Congratulations!


Route Map

What is a Level 4.0 Paddle Challenge Like?

These challenges are long in duration, high altitude, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 12 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to love physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy your training, and to do it regularly. Longer duration challenges are likely to be easier in terms of the physical effort, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Paddle Challenge’?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying equipment, cycling on rougher terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude, or intense multi activity events along the lines of adventure triathlons. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Days will be up to 12 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - these form a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! For multi activity events please work on your all round fitness.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Event Joining Instructions, Leader and qualified first aider, All briefings, Boat and oar hire


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from the event, Food & Drinks


Equipment Required

Loose Comfortable Paddling Clothes
Waterproof Jacket
Trainers / Paddling Shoes / Sandals
Drybag / Bin Liners / Other waterproof kit bag - to store kit inside boat
Sunglasses, Suncream, Sunhat
Packed Lunch, Water Bottle
Spare Clothes for after the event
Plastic bags to store wet gear after the event
Mobile Phone (stored in a plastic bag)
Personal Money and Cards
Safe place to store Car Keys for the day!
Gloves (you may find these useful if you have soft hands - to avoid blistering)


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits,  from time to time mobile radios, and emergency water and snacks. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



As you know the weather in England is unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for hot or cold conditions. Bear in mind you will be on the water and it is likely you will get wet, so please bring suitable clothing for this. Equally during the summer, you could find hot and sunny conditions, so please be prepared with plenty of fluids, and sun protection.



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price




This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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