River Thames  
General Information
Paddle Points


This is the highest point at which a canoe or kayak can normally paddle easily, though from here to Lechlade can be shallow, overgrown or blocked, sometimes dangerously so in strong flows.

Put in at the very end of Thames Lane, which may also be called Abingdon Court Lane now? There is parking for a few cars. Please park sensibly and don't block any residential areas, there is parking in the town a short walk away if needed.


The put in, fairly high water

Put in, fairly low water

Access for campers only

Second Chance Touring Park

Red Lion, Castle Eaton

Accessed at the bottom of the garden from the infant Thames.

Riverside Car Park, Lechlade

Portage across the grass to the river for an easy put in. Sometimes the field is open for parking too, saving you a few hundred yards, but be careful if muddy.

Riverside Park

Pass over the small footbridge to south end of park for an easy launch spot about 5m from the bridge gate. Muddy!

Lechlade to Tadpole Bridge


Put in from the bank across meadows from carpark. Trolley a good idea, its a reasonable distance if only the parking by the entrance is open. SOmetimes they open the field closer to the river too, which can be muddy.

Public slipway

There is small slipway just upstream of the Riverside pub. Drive down Bell Lane for access, parking in Riverside pub car park

Bridge House Campsite

This is the nearest launch point to this campsite. Located right bank just down stream of Ha,penny Bridge.

Bridge House Campsite

St John's Lock

First lock on the Thames

The trout inn

A traditional riverside pub with landing stage

The Trout inn - St Johns bridge

A pub campsite, with toilet and tap informal camping, no 6m between tents rule and off the ground fires permitted. Concrete slipway to river Thames. £10 per unit per night (aug 2012) ring Penny on 01367 252313.

Trout Inn campsite

A concrete slipway leading from the camping field to a small tributary of the Thames. Campsite users only.

Cheese Wharf

Popular space for inflatable kayaks, SUP and other inflatable boats as it is close from car boot, onto grass, into the river. Great also for picnics.

Buscot Lock

Buscot Fun Pool

Very popular location for fun boats - inflatable kayaks, SUPs etc and one of the top 10 wild swim locations in the UK. Reasonably short walk to NT car park.

Grafton Lock


Parking on island between the 2 bridges, but technically this is owned by the pub, so pop in and ask.

Also camping there - see The Swan, Radcot which is opposite. New owners are hoping to improve the camping, but at present are only accepting groups.

The Swan, Radcott

Big garden, decent food, nice pint of ale.

Basic camping available in field opposite for a fiver or so.

Basic camping owned by Swan pub

For Swan Campsite

Private campsite

Radcot Lock Canoe Pass

OK. They're not really proper rapids, but this new canoe pass is a fun way of avoiding the lock and does need at least a little skill to descend.

The EA have created a winding "natural" looking channel, with half a dozen small "drops" (each just 6" or so), between which are pools probably big enough to turn a canoe in. Ish. Certainly a kayak.

The lock keeper here is very pro-canoeing, and actively asked if the new pass could be promoted, as he believes a good reaction will mean the EA will continue to add more along the Thames.

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Radcot Lock

put-in downstream of Radcot Lock

beach with easy access to tarmac track - about 1km (trolley required!) to nearby lane, which is quiet & can park

Rushey Lock campsite

Lovely quiet spot with basic facilities.

Ring 01367 870218 for lock keeper to book.

Day 2 launch point

Day 2 launch point

Rushey Lock

Portage river left.

Upstream end - simple get out at lock moorings.

Downstream end - platform down small path below lock, with right angled turn and small gate at top.

Tadpole Bridge

Launch point on the north side of the river (opposite side to the pub). There is a small lay-by for parking and it's a very short walk to the river through a field. The bank is a little steep, but the ok in good shoes. Alternatively, there is a launch at the pub (The Trout at Tadpole Bridge - http://troutinn.co.uk/) with a nice car park, but it's for patrons only and you should ask permission before using it!

Access for campers only

Shifford Lock Campsite

Lovely spot on the grass of the lock island, sheltered by trees.

Basic facilities, loo, tap & shower.

Quite small, so book on 01367 870247

Shifford Lock

The Maybush

Sadly now closed, this was a good launch point and nice pub.

Paddle Point entered for completeness, and for if somebody was looking for this as a place to stop!

The Rose Revived

Right by the river, nice garden, food and beer, but very popular.


Can put in from landing stage reached by track behind pub.

Parking very limited, unless you are a customer.

Access for campers only

Launch site for camping at Manor Farm

Northmoor Lock Paddocks, Appleton

Beautiful campsite on the banks of the River Thames.

Camping pitches and Log Pods.

Private road access to campsite.

Backpackers mini-pitch rates available.

Plenty of space but booking recommended at weekends.

Campfires in fire pits - firewood available (please pre-order)

Website: http://www.barefootcampsites.co.uk

Email: campingonthethames@gmail.com

Postcode : OX13 5JN

Telephone : 07974 309 958

Upper Lock Paddock (upstream of Northmoor Lock and weir)

Lower Lock Paddock (downstream of Northmoor Lock and Weir)

Log Pods in spring (located in Lower Lock Paddock)

Northmoor Lock Station - Lock House, Pound Lock and Paddle and Rymer weir

(as seen from Lower Lock Paddock campsite)

Northmoor Lock

The Eight Bels Eaton

Walking distance of Manor Farm Campsite

Ferryman's Inn - Camping

Basic camping by river next to pub, whose facilities you can use.

Bablock Hythe

Limited parking at end of lane reached via Eaton. NOTE - CARS HAVE BEEN VANDALISED OVERNIGHT HERE.

Ferryman's Inn

Pub normally happy to allow parking if you eat there or pay a small fee.

Pinkhill Lock/Weir walkaround

Low banks for lock/weir walkaround, but to get to far side of weir involves a 'kissing gate'

Pinkhill Lock Campsite

Fantastic quiet camping amongst the trees. Fires allowed, plenty of wood available. Friendly chickens!

Only 5 pitches in half acre or so site, so booking recommended with the lock keeper on 01865 881452.

Basic facilities - tap, loo, shower.

Pinkhill Lock/Weir Walkaround

Low bank easy access but getting around lock/weir involves a 'kissing gate'

No overhead restrictions (foliage etc.)though, so carrying over gate is easy enough.

Potential start 100m Thames

possible route for 100 Mile Canoe Test

Pinkhill Lock

If not going through lock, the portage is river left. The easiest thing (coming from upstream) is to get out on the moorings by the wooded camping on river left, carry through this, past lock and left towards toilet block. Behind the loos is a lower platform in the weir stream with an easy put in.

Coming from downstream, if portaging keep right into weir stream and then reverse the above.

The Talbot Inn, Eynsham

Reputedly possible to paddle up a backwater to this pub, but very overgrown looking. However, lock keeper has always been happy for us to leave canoes at Swinford Lock and walk up the 1/4 mile or so from there.

The Talbot Inn

Owners kindly let us park. They serve real Ale out of barrels, food was good and they do Breakfast for £10 for non residents.

Swinford Lock launch

Launching at the lock is straightforward, but access to it is less so. The access road is private and cars are not allowed, but you are allowed to use it if on foot. Free parking is available on Wharf Road (busy during work hours). We carried our kit (inflatable) from the lock, over the toll bridge back to the car. Doable, but not so easy.

The Talbot pub near the lock also has a jetty, but its really overgrown and the wharf stream looked very weedy!

eynsham campsite launch

Eynsham Lock Campsite

Camping on the island with a large communal fire pit.

A few trees shelter the site.

Basic facilities.

Can be popular with school & D of E groups, so book on 01865 881324

Swinford Lock Walkaround

Low, river-level banks can be paddled onto to walk around weir - no gates, fences etc. two points

Eynsham Lock

Lock through or portage alongside.

Below Eynsham Lock

Unsure on safety

Having looked at it in the summer, it looks alright, but I haven't heard of anybody paddling it, so I don't know. If anyone somewhat more experienced than I wants to go check it out, that would be awesome. Of course, if you are pretty new to paddling PLEASE don't try it without an experienced paddler giving the go-ahead.

Swinford Lock Walkaround

Low, river-level banks can be paddled onto to walk around weir - no gates, fences etc. between two points

wolvercote short cicular

Osney lock there and back

A day there and back trip

King's Lock


Weir at Wolvercote Paper Mill

Can portage on western bank

The Trout Inn, nr Wolvercote

Made famous by Inspector Morse, and very, very popular.


Put in by car park on Godstow road to West of Wolvercote.

Godstow Lock

Medley Beach

A shallow beach at the southern end of port meadow. Car park nearby at Walton Well road

Walton well road car park

A pay and display car park with 2M height barrier. Access to Medley Beach involves a lift over a five bar gate.

Low bridge on backwater

At "normal" river levels, we can get just under this in a canadian - a few inches to spare at bow/stern

Tumbling bay bathing place

Derelict, no longer used as a bathing place. Now a quiet picnic spot. Dip under the chain to get in from Thames.

Osbey Lock

Hinksey stream alternative route to Oxford Camping

scout camp site

Launching for Scout campsite only

Isis Canoe Club and Scouts launching area

Falcon rowing & canoe club car park

there's a barrier, but it's high enough for a normal-sized car + boat to fit underneath

Riverside Centre

A public slipway, club and well stocked paddling shop.

The best place to put in if you are paddling the Cherwell!

Free parking. Dont leave valuables on display

Phil's Bliss Route

70th Birthday paddle

Isis Farmhouse

Was a pub, now a cafe serving homemade food, cream teas etc

Iffley Lock

Upstream section of River Thames (aka Isis here)is popular with University rowing clubs, so can get busy. Take care there are strong wier currents here and at Osney Lock 2 m upstream. Downstream it is 1.6 miles to Sandford lock.

Iffley Lock(SP 52574 03667)

Postcode: OX4 4EJ

Sandford Weir

It is possible to portage here. Get out on the right bank as you go downstream. There is a footpath running alongside the river. When you reach the weir you need to turn right to go down the bank to a calm and sheltered put in at the lower level. Some vegetation put no problems doing this

Sandford Lock

Easy put in, long stay car parking with prior permission of Kings Arms Pub


Put in at north end of pay & display car park

The Kings Arms

A riverside pub with patio and easy mooring.

Sandford Lane Carpark

A free carpark with height restriction right next to Sandford Lock.

Don't leave valuables on display!!

Swift Ditch Weir

Swift Ditch is a fun, narrow & overgrown stream that forms one of the old courses of the Thames. At the entrance, with appropriate care, the weir can be run down the middle. Open canoes will normally take on some water, or more!

There is a much small, very simple, little weir a couple of hundred yards further down.

Continue down, with many a turn, duck, stinging nettle and bramble, until you come back out on the Thames.

Not one to be attempted in high water.

The weir at the top

In "The Ditch" below the weir.

Old Lock

A small weir that is the remains of an old lock. The first Pound Lock on the Thames.

Lovely Mooring and Picnic Spot

A fantastic wooded picnic spot which is surounded by water and three small weirs.

A very Historical place, probably where the non tidal Thames was first managed.

Abingdon Lock

Lock through or portage either alongside lock (gates), or easier, on river right using side stream and easy grassy bank to bay below weir.

Portage of Abingdon weir

Easier than portaging the lock and quicker than going through the weir. Crosses a simple slope between the backwater and the bay below the weir.

Rye Meadow

Heading diagonally across the field from the car park (200m+) will allow you to find a slightly lower bank.

Abbey Meadow

A nice put in next to the Abbey Meadow pay and display carpark.

Can be ideal if heading upstream to save going through the lock or portaging the weir.

Loos and ice creams nearby!

Rye Meadow/Hales Meadow Car Parks

Two pay and display car parks.

Launch either across grass to high bank on Hales Meadow (awkward), or walk further to lower bank upstream in Rye Meadow.

The Nag's Head

Several options. Best is the sand bank ramp under one of the stone arches of Abingdon Bridge when accessing from the down/south side. Great for sunny days to sit outside and often has live music.

Annie's Tearoom

Friendly informal café. Great for families. Direct access to River for customers. Great view of historic bridge.

St Helen's Street

Great location for getting boats in and out of the river. Shallow for a fair stretch. More problematic will be parking the car safely. Better for less busy times.

The Old Anchor Inn

A good pub with public mooring outside..


Abingdon based Stand-Up-Paddleboard rental on the Thames. They can deliver to you in the local area.


Abingdon, Wilsham Road

Roadside parking and put in.

Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club

Linked with kingfisher canoe club

Kingfisher Canoe Club

The Burycroft

A nice small carpark about 100 yrds from the put in.

A good alternative to Wilsham Road

FREE public launch

Free public launch point with direct car access. Nearby private marina.

Car Park

You can portage to the river easily enough from here.

The Lion, Culham

Walk across fields from river, or along road from lock.

Culham Cut

River signage directs you to Culham cut here.

Sutton Pools

A good weir with stopper. Better when both gates are open. Very reliable, one gate open most of the year but not great for experts...A good intro to weirs.

The Fish, Sutton Courtenay

Leave canoes in backwater above weirs, then walk a few hundred yards to the pub. Slightly restauranty, but very friendly and chatty about canoeing!

Culham Lock

Tollgate Road, Culham, Abingdon, OX14 4NE. Large quiet carpark nearby but with height restriction barrier that may prevent vans using it. Just upstream riverbank has a lowered bank for canoe use. Downstream lock bank can have 3-4ft drop to waterlevel.

According to the great website http://thames.me.uk/s01470.htm this lock was once called ' ... the deepest, coldest lock on the Thames … this tomb-like lock- so take care!

Culham Lock

Start of day 2 Eynsham downriver

Clifton Weir

The Plough, Long Wittenham

The Plough Long Wittenham

Clifton Hampden Lock

Free public land parking

Not especially easy launch point.

Limited space on public highway land for 3 or 4 cars maximum

Bridge House Camping

Great location, but slightly run down, campsite by the bridge right on the river banks.

On occasion, children have been refused entry due to the whims of the eccentric owner!!!("No kids allowed here", despite the same kids having stayed there both a few months before and a few weeks afterwards!) Call first.

The Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden

Chef and Brewer Pub which is actually excellent with decent beer and food, a nice garden and close to river. However, canoes need to be left by bridge on the other bank over bridge, so worth locking them to something.

Cilfton Hampden

Put in from grass 30 yards from church gate. Park on road nearby.

Days Lock

Park at the church (free). It's a bit of a walk down to the lock.

Day's Lock

Day's Lock on the River Thames near Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. The weir runs straight across the river from the other side of the lock island. Day's Lock is the main gauging station for the measurement of the water flow in the River Thames. Apparently, the World Poohsticks Championships, have taken place annually here since 1983, so paddle under the bridge with care!

Shillingford Bridge Hotel

More hotel than pub, but a welcome source of cold drinks on a hot summer day!

Benson Marina Cafe

Great spot for a cuppa, cake, ice cream or whatever. Landing stage is quite high from a canoe, so land in the little park just downstream.

Benson Waterside

Small park with easy river access, just downstream of The Waterfront Cafe, Oxford Road, Benson, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 6SJ Parking in lane or across road nearby. NB: a short distance downsteam is Benson Lock, best for upstream paddle to Shillingford, Dorchester etc.

Benson Lock & Weir

Benson Lock and Weir

Riverside Park and Pools

Riverside camping and swimming pool

Seasonal only

The Boat House, Wallingford

Right by the bridge. Can be a bit of a "young" pub, but fine in the day time.

Wallingford Bridge

Put in on beach downstream of bridge. Pay & Display car park under arches 100 yards away.

Wallingford Launch

Public car park next to the bridge (current free on Sunday, low cost at other times). Go under the bridge and launch from the beach/swimming area. Very busy with swimming children on a hot day. Lots of close by refreshments in the town and along the river.

Papist Way slipway

A rural gravel slipway with ample free parking and no height barriers.

ferry lane slipway

A good, well maintained slipway; limited parking available. No height barrier.

Cleeve Lock

Lock through or portage

Goring Lock

Lock through or portage

The Swan, Streatley

A riverside pub/hotel with mooring right alongside the pub patio.

Goring Village Car Park

Pay and Display. Several hundred yards portage down Ferry Lane to river.


Put in by side stream under footbridge. Portage across grass from bottom of Ferry Lane where you can drop off but not park. Park in village car park.

Pangbourne upstream

An easy put in from a small gravel beach next to a rough car park.

up stream

The Swan, Pangbourne

Right next to the river and road, with launch access point but very limited parking.

Pangbourne Weir

Whitchurch Lock

Lock through or portage


Ferry Lane

Simple launch point down Ferry Lane

Long stay parking

Pay & Display

Pangbourne downstream

Launch easily from riverside platform across grass from carpark by Adventure Dolphin Centre.

mapeldurham campsite


Limited camping in the grounds of Mapledurham House by arrangement.

Mapledurham Trust (SU 669 766)

The Estate Office, Mapledurham, Reading, Berks, RG4 7TR

Tel: 0118 9723350 or 07721 094 862

Mapledurham Lock

Lock through or portage

Thames Canoe Hire

Thames Canoe Hire rent out a fleet of Canoes and Kayaks from their base on the Thames at Tilehurst, Reading. All boats have river licenses and are rented out with paddles and buoyancy aids.


Reading/Tilehurst near Waitrose

The bank here has broken down slightly, allowing 'stepped' access to a large firm and sandy shelf in shallow water. It makes it very easy to walk alongside the kayak in the water and it's deep enough for you to jump in and paddle away.

In addition, there's a proper slipway right next to it, adjacent to the boatyard, but the gate is not always unlocked however.

Parking is in the lane leading to the water, but you'll probably need to park 'around the corner' nearer the football field as there are a lot of no parking signs on the stretch of lane close to the water and constant access needed to gates etc.


Caversham Bridge

A free carpark close to a nice access point by Caversham Bridge

Caversham Lock

Lock through or portage


Simple put in with adjacent free parking. Height barrier on entrance (tall enough for most cars with one canoe, but care needed)

Sonning Lock

Lock through or portage

Sonning Bridge

Put into weir stream, downstream of weir. If you wish to head upstream, you will need to go round to the lock first.

The parking here is very limited, and it is a popular spot, so you will need to arrive early.

St Patrick's Stream

A lovely, unusual alternative to the Thames itself, St Patrick's bypasses a lock without any weirs, and offers a nicely flowing beautiful paddle before joining the Loddon which flows out into the Thames below Shiplake Lock. Can be busy with anglers, but they're normally friendly.

A nice circuit can be made using the Thames and St Patrick's Stream/River Loddon.

Shiplake lock downstream portage

Walk across the lock and through the tented community to get to the shiplake lock downstream portage.

Affords a nice downstream run to Henley.

Parking on the road leading to the lock can be limited.

Shiplake, Mill Lane

Easy put in off grassy banks, but need to portage down tarmac path from Mill Lane and over a kissing gate. Approx 100m.

Mill Lane

Roadside parking on Mill Lane - can be busy. Leave turning area clear and please do not climb or unload over gate into field, use tarmac footpath adjacent.

Shiplake Lock

Lock through or portage easily as follows.

Coming from upstream, keep left into lock cut, then get out river right just before lock and go down grass to ramp onto easy platform in weir stream.

Coming from downstream, keep left into weir stream and look for floating platform with ramp several hundreds yards up the stream, on the right. Get out here, up grass and put in easily just above lock.

Ferry lane slipway - Wargrave

A slipway at the end of a very narrow lane with no parking or turning room, meaning you have to reverse round a corner to get out. Nearest parking is in school lane.

Parking for Ferry lane slip

The nearest public car park to Ferry lane slip. pay and display. Safest to drop at the slip and then park up, portaging across the busy traffic lights is not recommended!

St George and Dragon, Wargrave

Popular riverside pub with landing stages, real ale and fairly posh food.


Marsh lock

Lock through or portage


Henley, near River & Rowing Museum

Busy river bank with landing stage. Pay & Display car park across grass.

Eyot Boat Centre

The Eyot Centre is a community centre situated on the banks of the River Thames just 300m from the historic Henley Bridge. As well as hiring out its extensive modern facilities to the public, it is also the home of The Henley Canoe Club and The Henley Dragon Boat Club. More recently it has become recognised as one of the leading UK Centres for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


Thameside, Henley

A public slipway with limited onstreet parking opposite. Gets very busy in summer


On street parking

Limited space for a few cars.


Portage from limited street parking, over gates. Slightly awkward therefore.



Hambledon Lock

Lock through or portage

Aston, Ferry Lane

Old Ferry launch point - slipway and landing stage. Parking for about a dozen cars nearby. Popular with kayaks wishing to play on Hambledon weir just upstream.

Ferry lane car park

A gravel car park with a rough slipway and no height barrier or charges

The Flowerpot

Excellent pub with good ales about 1/4 mile up the lane from easy slipway on the Thames.

Food average to good, but the front bar is an excellent place to be, and the beer spot on!

Ferry lane slip - Medmenham

A public slip with some roadside parking.

Dog and Badger Pub

Nice pub for a meal after a paddling trip

Hurley Riverside Caravan & Camping Park

Hurley car park

Can be very busy on a summer weekend, so best to be early. Portage a few hundred metres to river - tarmac path, best to use trolley. Can be quite narrow in places, & busy with pedestrians.

Hurley Lock Campsite

Lock campsite over the weir from the main lock island. No road access. Decent simple facilities.

Book through lock keeper - 01628 824334


Simple put in from bank by footbridge. Car park a few hundred metres down path (quite narrow)

hurley side weir

A small weir just up from the downstream portage platform.

Hurley Lock

Lock through or portage across island on grass, river left.

Toilets here.

Camping available.

Temple Lock

Lock through or portage river left

Temple Weir

George & Dragon Pub Marlow

Two Brewers Pub

Nice pub in St Peters Street Marlow

Slipway at bottom of St Peter St near Two Brewers

NO PARKING near put in, drop off & park in town.

Seven Cornered Alley

This footpath is know locally as 7 cornered Alley

Marlow Lock

Lock through or portage awkwardly river left with steps and high put in downstream.

Gosmore Lane Marlow - Flood launch

Launch point for a paddle across flooded park to the Thames

Gossmore Recreation Ground

Various places along the bank to put in - some easier than others

Cardboard Castle Marlow

This unusual building on the Thames is known locally as the cardboard castle. When I was younger, the owner let us use his 2 man kayak. It was a timber frame with an outer skin. Thats what got me interested in kayaking.

The Bounty

Quirky, nautical themed pub accessed from the water or by walking only.

Good garden by the river, nice beer, good value food for the area.

The Ferry pub

Cookham Boat Slipway

Odney lane, Cookham

A shelving gravel beach on a side stream of the Thames, with a limited amount of free onstreet parking in Odney lane. Paddle 50 yards upstream under bridge to river Thames (weir further downstream)

Cookham Weir

Alternative portage

Instead of using lock or portaging it awkwardly, it is possible to portage this weir over grass river right.

Cookham Lock Campsite

Lock campsite on grass on island. Nice spot overlooked by wooded hills, and with no access by car.

Best to book - 01628 520752

Cookham Lock

Lock through or portage on river left side. Steps at both ends, and high concrete sides downstream make portage slightly awkward.

Camping and ice cream here!

An alternative portage (coming from upstream) would be to head down the next right weir stream, and get out river right above weir, cross grass & minor road, then put in below weir.

Day 26 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 26 Blss Trail Expedition

Alternative portage

Instead of using or portaging the lock (awkward), you can portage here using purpose built platform and steps just downstream of the weir.

Bolters Lock to Bray Cut

Bulter's Lock cut - car park

Put into upper Lock Cut opposite car park.

Maidenhead, near Boulters Lock

Put in from concrete bank opposite car park.

Boulters Lock Car Park

Cafe in Ray MIlls Park

Paninis, sandwiches, ice creams, coffee overlooks a pond and fountain. Slightly awkward access from the river as there is a low metal barrier but you can get a kayak under or a canoe over it with some help. Or get out by the lock

Boulters Restaurant

Boulter's Lock, Maidenhead

Lock through or portage with difficulty.

Alternatively, portage by the downstream end of the main weir before the lock cut (coming downstream), easy steps and platforms.

Ice creams normally for sale here!

Maidenhead Rowing Club

Bray village car park

The Waterside Inn

Cheap caff - hardly!

Famous Roux brother's restaurant, with 3 Michelin stars.

Be nice to be brave enough to turn up by canoe!


Bray slipway

A public slipway, but little or no parking. Nearest car park is in the high st.

Bray Lock

Lock through or portage

St Mary's Church near Boveney

Put in from bank moorings. Portage a few hundred metres from car park down footpath.

Car park by Boveney

Large gravel car park. Please check what time the gates close, as it can be well before sunset. Portage from far eastern end of car park, 50 yards to gate, then right on path to river by church.

Boveney Weir

Boveney Lock

Eton Wick 'beach'

Beach Area near Eton Wick Football Club. Free Car Park

Windsor Backwaters

There are a few interesting backwaters which canoes can take here, cutting off the hairpin corner of the Thames, and passing the swan sanctuary.

Windsor Slipway

Public slipway near Windsor Leisure Centre, where there is pay & display parking.

Windsor Leisure Centre car park

Expensive pay and display.

The Bliss Trail (S.E. Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Windsor Canoe Club

Slipway a few hundred yards from leisure centre car park.

Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets

Barry avenue car park

A pay and display car park with no hieght barrier. Much cheaper than Windsor leisure center car park. Portage past fun fair then either put in from river bank or go under railway arches to windsor canoe club.

Cafe by Alexandra Park

Eton Brocas Car Park

Pay & Display - busy in tourist season

Eton Public Slipway

Romney Weir


This anti-scour weir has claimed the lives of several experienced paddlers.

Romney Lock

Home Park parking

Pay and display car park. No height restriction. Get out river right by railway bridge. Quite a steep bank, make sure not to disturb anglers.

Black Potts railway bridge

Fairly steep bank - about 1 metre high, usually a sandy beach to get out on, scramble up the bank and pass boats up.

Old Windsor Weir

Runnable in the right conditions. Possible to 'walk' down the step weir on river right too.

Old Windsor Lock

Bells of Ouzeley Pub Restaurant

Harvester Pub

Launch opposite the Harvester Pub, Free parking on the road that runs next to their car park..

Nr Magna Carta Tea Rooms

There is a parking barrier which is locked early evening.

Runnymede Pleasure Gardens

There is a pay and display car park next to the pleasure grounds, with a cafe and ice creams!

Runnymede Cafe

Hot and cold food - good value and open all year round. Indoor and outdoor seating. Public Toilets and parking (pay)

Bell Weir (Egham) Lock

Lock through or portage

Halfords Staines

A couple of easy put-in points popular with anglers. Easy parking for two cars right by river, a couple more along the small road leading to Halfords car park.

Slug and Lettuce - Staines

Modern pub by river.

The moorings are designed for boats, but not too high.

Not a recommended put in, but would be fine for a quick pint.

The Swan - Staines

Famous old inn by Staines bridge.

Low platform along bank makes it easy to get to by canoe or kayak.

Truss's island slip

A concrete public slipway with low put in and a pay and display carpark. 7ft 3 height barrier to car park.

Penton Hook Lock

Lock through or portage

Abbey River

A lovely stream that winds its way from the Thames at Penton Hook marina, down to beneath Chertsey Weir. One weir near the end, with punt rollers. Can be VERY overgrown in July/August.

Makes for a nice circuit linked with the river.

Ferry lane, Laleham

A public ramp with limited parking

Thames side Car Park

Launch easily opposite Pay & Display car park.

Campsite next door - expensive and lots of rules!

Under M3 bridge on Thames Side

Popular with kayakers heading for Chertsey Weir. Very limited vergeside parking.

Abbey River Weir

Small weir in the style of a folly!! The central stream has punt rollers so getting your canoe up or down is easy.

Chertsey Lock

Go through, or portage across lock island at the upstream end (steps)

Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club site

Nice site. Good facilities and location.

Chertsey Camping & Caravanning Club Canoe Launch

Campers can access and egress here

For Caravan & Camping club guests only

This site has a launching pontoon for small boats, canoes and kayaks

chertsey bridge

small parking area with beach

chertsey bridge

launch with small parking

chertsey bridge

small beach with small car park

Chertsey Meads car park

popular car park by playground. Free as at Dec 2012.

Chertsey Meads

Put in from beach a few hundred m from car park at Chertsey Mead

Thames Court

Shepperton Weir Slalom course

Shepperton Lock

Lock through or portage

Shepperton lock

Put in is the downstream portage platform. there is free parking up by the public toilets, though the spaces fill up fast. during the summer, cream teas, light snacks and ice creams are available from the tea hut on the lock island.

Thames Street Slipway

Nice slipway with a small car park next door (fills up quickly). There is a 2.1m barrier at the car park entrance, but there is reasonable room outside on the street to load/unload boats, if height is an issue. The Minnow pub is just down the road.

Pontoon for watercraft

Handy for the Anchor pub

The Red Lion

Tel: 01932 244 526

Walton on Thames

Easy put in opposite river side car park

The Anglers Inn

Sunbury Backwater Upper Weir

In normal conditions, it is possible to descent this stepped weir in the middle (you will get damp feet) and the paddle down the backwater to below Sunbury Lock. A lovely section quite shallow but very rural considering where it is!

Sunbury Lane. Walton

Access via footpath adjacent to Rowing Club. Free parking at end of Sunbury Lane.

The Weir Inn

Put in just upstream from the Weir Inn, opposite Sunbury Weir. Parking alongside local football ground, unless its a match day!

Lower Sunbury

Good access to water, beware fisherman though.

Cheap pay & display

Sunbury Weir (Main weir)

A weir play spot with a maximum of 7 gates, that changes character in different conditions.

This can be a hazardous spot, so you need to be able to read it.

In modest levels open canoes can practice ferry gliding and side surfing.



Put in from grass opposite Green St and near the Flowerpot pub. Find street parking nearby - can be busy.

The Magpie, Sunbury

Sunbury Lock

Lock through or use punt rollers to the left of the gates coming from upstream.

The Phoenix, Sunbury

Sunbury on Thames Boat Slipway

Small parking area off road, plus parking on Lower Hampton Road.

Hampton Ferry - Bens Alley

Off Thames Street in Hampton and just by the ferry. Parking for a few vehicles.

Hurst Park, Molesey

Easy access to Thames just 5 min upstream from Hampton Court and Molesey Weir.Free parking. Kids playground and grass area adjacent.

Molesey Cricket club cafe

Hot snacks, cakes, teas etc

Molesey Lock (Hampton)

Lock through or use punt rollers to the left of the lock gate coming downstream.

Molesey lock cafe

Hot snacks, cakes, teas etc

Hampton Court Palace

A nice sandy/stony launch point on the palace side of the river

Ditton Field

Several places for easy get-in from beach or bank. Car parking in Aragon Avenue, 50metres from river.

Dittons Beach

Ditton Beach is at the bottom of Aragon Avenue, Thames Ditton. It is a DPB Paddle Base

The Albany

Ye Olde Swan Inn

Boat Ramp

Very easy ramp

The Boaters Arms

The pub have their own dock - OK for canoes but easier to get in and out from the rowing club pontoon next door if in a wobbly kayak. Good place for a drink - cheapest meal is the fish finger sandwich with chips (£8) nice but a bit pricey!

Lower Ham Road, Kingston-upon-Thames

Slipway launch.

Parking nearby and on Lower Ham Road, some of it metered. Free on Sundays.

Royal Canoe Club


Have been happy to allow users to launch or land here, if permission is sought in advance and no cars are left on site.

Trowlock Island

Small slipway next to rowing club, limited parking & mind out for the swans that like the slipway

Launch/Landing above Teddington Lock

Possible landing spot, the main problem being that it is some distance to the road - Riverside Drive or Burnell Ave, and parking is limited to on street.

The Anglers

Big family friendly pub with good food. They even have a private jetty for customers ONLY so call ahead if you need to moor up.

Large Public Slipway

It is possible to launch here very easily - it is slight incline and a long slipway. Beware of tides and fast flowing water from the weir. The Thames is tidal from this point on, can be very high and can move quickly - check tide tables if you are heading down river so you have energy to get back here! Tides and times can be checked at Teddington Lock if you walk across the bridge. You can double back through Teddington Lock to go upstream for non-tidal Thames to Kingston and Hampton Court.

There are 2 pubs nearby - The Tide End and The Anglers - both serve great food. There is also a small cafe at The Chandlery - The Flying Cloud - open in the Summer months only.

There is no parking although you can park to unload (the gate may be locked though). Parking can be found along the road past the Lensbury Club.

The Tide End Cottage

Great pub, greta food :o)

Flying Cloud Cafe

Cafe served out of an old fashioned American trailer. Summer months and daytime only. Right on slipway with outside seating deck.

Teddington Lock

First tidal lock on The Thames. Provides tide times and levels. Manned usual lock hours. Toilets on the Lock.

Lovely place for a picnic with benches on grassed area.

There is a Porters lock to the left as you go downstream.

Public Toilet

Open Lock hours

Teddington Lock

The last lock on the non-tidal Thames - beyond here you are on tidal waters.

There is no vehicle access to the lock.

There are punt rollers for portaging.

Day 27 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 27 Blis Trail Expedition


Has a double sloping access to the river. Free car park on site beware a 2.1m max height on entrance

Ham - River Lane

Slope in to water. Free parking on lane but beware liable to flooding

Steps on Riverside nr White Cross Pub

There are steps down to the river at the end of Riverside.

There is a slipway just upstream too.

Small car park on Friar's Lane a short walk away, but best to drop canoes off at river.

Richmond Lock

This is a tidal lock, and as such is left open for 2 hours either side of high tide.

Punt rollers by the weir on river left

The Bliss Trail (London & SE Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

Chiswick Pier Canoe Club


You can launch upstream of the bridge, on river right.

This section is tidal, so experience and knowledge of tides and rough water essential. Park on street (limited).

Pubs nearby.

Launch from Travel Joy Hostel

County Hall steps

The finish point for the Devizes-Westminster Race


Not really recommended at any other time!

Beach at low to mid tide

A very pleasant beach appears as the tide falls. It is possible to get out onto South Bank here up steps. However this would not make a suitable put-in or get-out, except in emergency. It is though, the perfect place to stop during a paddle to go and get an ice cream, whilst people look at you as if you're a freak!

Bankside, Southwark

There are three substantial sets of concrete steps between Blackfriars Bridge & the New Globe theatre. The set at the pub is the best bet for a sandy beach on a falling tide. Good for a rest spot, if potentially busy with onlookers. Not recommended for parking if considering launch/get out.

Steps near Prospect of Whitby pub

Facing pub on Wapping Wall, there is a way through to its left. Follow this round to steps which go down to beach exposed at all but high tide. This section is tidal, so experience and knowledge of tides and rough water essential. Park on street.


free parking on street :-D

very good access but a bit slippery steps down to the river.

even when low tide, no rubbish around and solid ground as you can see on pictures

River Roding - tidal section

Free parking on River Road, access via Creekmouth Open Space.


parking in residental area

Southend pier

little wooden ramp you can land on

Bartons Point Launch Ramp

Great launch point and good bunch of wind surfers get here...

Tried out a kayak sail here and had some fun... http://youtu.be/JHvt618WBmU

This video shows BOTH Queenborough Slipway and Bartons Point to good effect. Enjoy.