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Dist:  25km

Min age:  16

Duration:  1

Thames Row 1 Day Challenge

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 cities most famous sights. We shall spend time on both semi tidal, and non tidal stretches of the river.

This is a one day challenge, rowing a traditional rowing skiff down a very scenic section of the Thames from Richmond to Hampton Court and back again. The challenge is approx. 25kms. From Richmond you will pass by Twickenham and then on to Hampton Court Park where you will stop for lunch.
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 Tidal to Non-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. Discounts may be available for larger groups.



All timings are approximate and may be changed to suit group.
09.00 Arrival at Richmond and challenge briefing.
09.30 All aboard to start rowing
12:00 Stop for lunch at Hampton Court.
12.30 Back on the water for the return leg.
15:00 - 16:00 Arrival back at Richmond for debriefing. Congratulations!


Route Map

What is a Level 2.0 Paddle Challenge Like?

These activities are either climbing, abseiling, caving, or multiactivity. They are moving up in intensity from beginner level, and will require a higher level of fitness. You will need the appropriate specific fitness - probably requiring good flexibility in the case of climbing or caving. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing at 2 star level.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Paddle Challenge’?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 5 or 6 hours or 15 miles in the lowland English countryside, or maybe bike rides of 3-4 hours.


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.


Special Notes

This itinerary can also be extended to a huge 50km length version across one very long day for £129pp. Please contact Adventure Cafe for more details. 


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 mountain safety shelters, first aid kits, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. 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

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



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

Event Location

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