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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  50m

Dist:  60km

Min age:  16

Duration:  2

Thames Rowing 2 day

Paddle Adventure

Join Adventure Café for an Adventure Challenge with a twist - afloat on the river Thames. The Thames is one of the iconic sights of London, as it snakes its way past some of the cities must famous sights and out into the sea. We shall be exploring over 2 days from the bustling Richmond out to stay in your Hotel overnight in Staines and then back the following day - with a little time for stops here and there en route…

This is a two day challenge, rowing a traditional rowing skiff down a very scenic section of the non-tidal Thames from Richmond to Staines. Your Hotel is located right on the river for celebrationary drinks after your first day's paddle.

On the 2nd day you will paddle back past Hampton Court, Kingston-On-Thames and Twickenham. The challenge covers approx 60kms. Now it's time to put the oars away and look back over the event. You might even use the splendid river side facilities in Richmond for after rowing refreshments!

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 mionimum of 8 people in one boat.



All timings are approximate and may be changed to suit group.

Day 1
10.00 Arrival at Richmond and challenge briefing.
10.30 All aboard to start rowing
12:30 Stop for lunch at riverside picnic site.
13.00 Back on the water for the last leg of the day.
16:00 Arrival to Staines for overnight stay - evening meal at local pub.

Day 2
09.00 Depart Staines
11.30 Stop for lunch at riverside picnic site.
12.00 Back on the water for the last leg of the journey.
15.00 Arrive Richmond. Debriefing. Congratulations!
15:30 Event end
The team may head to a pub in Richmond for post event drinks and banter - possibly food too - after a job well done!


Route Map


Overnight stay in an excellent Hotel in Staines.


What is a Level 3.0 Paddle Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 8 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be used to challenging 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, i.e. 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 3.0 ‘Paddle Challenge’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing longer days in the outdoors - 7-8 hours. You should be doing regular exercise - with some intense outdoors exercise. You should be used to long rides, long walks, and all round challenging days. You need to have balanced the need for multiple forms of exercise in your training - including some upper body work, and some flexilbility.


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

Leader and qualified first aider. Overnight in Staines Hotel. All briefings. Boat and oar hire


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from event, Food & Drinks


Equipment Required

Loose Comfortable Paddling Clothes (2 sets)
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
Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat
Personal Washkit, Towel
Spare Clothes for evening wear
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 weekend!
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, 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. Bare in mind you will be on the water so it is likely you will get wet, so please bring suitable clothing for this. It may be advisable to check the weather forecast the day before to get a better idea though we intend to run the event ‘whatever the weather’…



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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