Kayaking & Camping
(About 4 hrs paddling with a full 3 course picnic).
You will be met at the nearest railway station and walk or drive to the riverside where you will find the kayaks all ready to launch. Here you will be offered a hot drink and you get a chance to meet your fellow paddlers. Once everyone has a drink in their hands, you will be given the Health & Safety Talk as well as tips for paddling and what to expect of your day.
Once everyone has their life jacket on, you choose a kayak and we help you settle in on the water.
You are now on your way, through the various locks and there are lots of water fowl, fauna and edible treats along the way. We have seen otters as well as the occasional snake having a swim, beautiful houseboats alongside abandoned boats, colourful narrowboats and amphibious vehicles. Every trip is different and the walkers along the banks are full of encouragement!
Everybody is hungry and thirsty after about 2 hrs when we stop for a picnic lunch. The usual lunch table has a choice of 3 cold meats, a selection of up to 4 salads bread rolls & butter, followed by a dessert (maybe apple strudel and cream), plus a cheese board. Vegetarians are well catered for. Hot and ice cold drinks are available as well. The lunch stop is usually an hour long, depending how eager everyone is to get going again.
Back onto the water for about 2 hrs and more things to see and locks to negotiate.
At the end of the day, you walk or are driven back to the nearest railway station or where you have parked your car.
Cost: £60.00/adult and £40.00/child sharing a kayak with an adult.
Our 2hr trip starts as the Full Day Trip does but finishes after 2hrs paddling, when you will be taken back to the nearest station.
As an extra the picnic lunch can be added, either after the 2hrs paddling or before if you want to have an afternoon paddle.
Costs: For the 2hr Trip only- £40.00/person and £20.00/child sharing a kayak with an adult.
For the 2hr Trip plus the Picnic-£50.00/person and £30.00/child sharing a kayak with an adult.
This trip consists of a nights camping after 2hrs paddling and 2 hrs padding on the second day.
We meet at lunch time on the first day, following a light lunch, Health & Safety Info and paddling instruction, it's onto the river. We paddle for about two hours stopping for afternoon tea and biscuits on the way. When we reach the campsite, the tents are all ready with all your camping requirements.
Dinner is a traditional South African Braai (BBQ). All prepared while you relax and enjoy a hot shower. After which you can sit and chat, retire for the night or have a drink at one of the local pubs.
The next morning a good English breakfast will be served.Then back into your kayaks and an easy three hour paddle with a stop for morning tea.
Once the trip is finished everyone is invited into the pub for a goodbye drink with your guide. You will then be driven to the railway station.
All you need to bring are your toiletries, a towel and clothes.
Costs: £150.00/person sharing a tent, £160.00/person not sharing a tent and a child sharing a kayak with an adult £75.00 each.
The Adventure Trip:
Our 4 day 3 night trip is a mixture of kayaking, cycling and hiking. The 3 nights are spent camping, we supply all the equipment for the activities as well as the tents, sleeping bags etc. A guide is with you on every activity and all your meals are prepared fresh.
Please be aware, while we will endeavour to keep to the itinerary, weather and other outside factors might mean we will have to change some activities in the itinerary around.
Day 1: We will meet you at the closest rail station; from there we will drive to the start, where a light lunch will be served. From this point, after a health & safety briefing you will kayak for 2 – 3 hours to the campsite. On arrival at the campsite, your tents will be waiting for you and you can settle in while we get the BBQ going. Your time in the evenings is your own and you can either walk to a local pub or relax around the fire.
Day 2: After a good breakfast, you will be kayaking for 2 – 3 hours. When you stop, a light lunch will be waiting for you. After lunch, you will cycle (about a 3-hr scenic trip) back to the campsite. Your evening time is your own. We will have a BBQ for dinner.
Day 3: Once again a good breakfast will be served to start the day. After breakfast, you will be back on the cycles for another scenic 2 – 3 hours, followed by a light lunch. After lunch you will be hiking around the local area back to the campsite. Once again, a BBQ will be served for your dinner. The evening is your own.
Day 4:After a good breakfast, games will be set up at the campsite for you to enjoy, like volleyball, kayak ball games and more. We will then drive you back to the station with a quick stop at the pub, so we can have a good-bye drink together.
Costs: The cost for adults is £ 399.00 per Person and the price of children 10 years and younger is £ 200.00 per child.
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If you have a special day you would like to plan with Thames Kayaking, please do call Dave on 075 0144 0405 or email Carolyn at email@example.com
We can offer combinations of kayaking, lunch and games both on the water and off.