Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Great Ouse

Paddle Point
Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK

This is a nice paddle starting from the GOBA moorings at the Dolphin hotel St Ives going up the main river and back using backwaters and streams. A couple of portages at locks and weirs.

Paddle Point
Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK

Portage of Hemingford Lock

Portage difficult. Eventually took out at upstream side by bypassing the green sluice floats and taking out on the left. Quick cross over the track and dropping back in below the lock. Think this goes through a private garden though so may be frowned upon. No other obvious way of doing it.
Paddle Point
Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, UK

Rhymers Weir. Portage required up from the Rhymers pool onto the main river.

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Portage required or use boat rollers to drop down into the mill pool

Easy portage for up-stream or down-stream, next to derelict boat rollers to the side of the lock.
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Tea and cream cakes at the National Trust Cafe

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A small weir at head of the Trout Stream. Shootable with a canoe pass between bollards. Not advised to shoot weir in low water as concrete step at base rips canoes!

Paddle Point
Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK

A nice 6.5 mile paddle using the main river and the backwaters

Paddle Point
Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK

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Approx 2hrs each way if you paddle at 3miles an hour.

Stop for lunch at Brampton Mill and then turn round. you can try and navigate the back waters from Brampton to huntingdon but ive heard they're overgrown a bit, i'll report back shortly on that.

Paddle Point
Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, UK

Brewers Fayre but ok for a quick stop

Paddle Point
Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK

Good pub with docking for canoes.

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Great launch spot with plenty of free (as of Oct 2016!) parking.
Paddle Point
Great Barford, Bedford, Bedford MK44, UK

Short up river paddle in Colorado inflatable by two 50+ , one and a half hours , great fun

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK

Brampton Backwaters. Just about paddle-able with width reduced by growth and fallen trees in places to only just enough room to swing a paddle. Some 'bushwhacking' required to portage at the weirs (blue on route map). I did it going upstream on 13th Nov 2013 in a 13ft kayak. Expect changes in river height and vegetation may change route possibility on other occasions. A bit of fun (?) for those with a sense of adventure and bored of the main river!

I didn't get the chance to explore Alconbury Brook or alternatives where the stream splits.

Paddle Point
Brampton, Cambridgeshire, UK

Paddle Point
Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, UK

You can park free in small picnic site. There is a public slipway into river. The river is very calm and a nice paddle down to the weir.

You can also paddle upstream until it becomes to shallow.


Paddle Point
Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, UK

This obstacle has to be walked around.

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Saint Neots, Saint Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19, UK

small public slipway (free) Next to Rowing club.

Very easy parking and put in. Lots of swans! Toilets in public library nearby and lots of cafes.
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Portage point for Cardington Slalom course. Allows competitors to warm up on the river before racing on the course

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

short walk across the grass to bypass Cardington lock

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

NIce easy route, with minimal current (if there has been no significant rainfall) that feels far more rural that it is. The route comes into Bedford and goes along the picturesque victorian embankment, ending at the white 'Butterfly' Bridge.

The route can be extended using the portage point shown on the map, but you will need to exit just before the end point. Bearing to the right after the arched iron footbridge 200m before the end will allow an easy portage.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Good entry point for a downstream trip to/through Bedford. Concrete footing of footbridge. Car park Adjacent

Great put in, close to car park. Beautiful river, gentle paddle.

Looking upstream. Put in on left, car in car park behind.
Photo Album of paddle from Kempston To Great Barford
April 2016 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/123873784@N02/sets/72157666740506690/
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

http://www.vikingkayak.co.uk/

Viking was established in 1961 and is a very active canoe & kayak club with a strong recreational and social side as well as competitive activity, coaching, competing and organising Slalom, Polo and Marathon events.

In 2012 Viking's Etienne Stott won Olympic Gold in the London 2012 C2 Canoe Slalom event with partner Tim Baillie. Etienne started paddling with the scouts in Bedford and joined Viking soon after. He is still a member and now Vice President.

Also, in 2012, Viking won the Bedford Sports Club of the Year for the second time in five years.
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

A weir I believe used by the Viking Canoe & Kayak Club. However there is access from upstream via a gap in the debris buoys, marked by the two yellow buoys, for those who wish to run them.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Stepped weir, which leads to a canoe slalom course. It can be run by passing between the yellow buoys.

The slalom course is run by Viking Kayak Club and the venue has been renamed the Etienne Stott White Water Arena, following Etienne's Olympic Gold medal in C2 Canoe Slalom at London 2012. Etienne learned his skills at Duck Mill and is still a member (now Vice President)of Viking KC.
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

A stepped entry point from the meadow area. Popular park with cafe nearby and ice cream. There is parking over the south side of the river in an old park & ride area, so I have included it. Useful Portage point for longer journeys

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Cannot be run, but new Hydro Electrical Plant (utilising Archimedes Screws) is adjacent on site of Original Victorian Boat-slide

Actually, Boatslide Weir CAN be run and is generally considered very safe. There is even a gap in the EA boom (inside of the island, next to top river portage point) so that the weir can be run. At high levels can have a nice surf wave, or a sticky stopper but very shallow so not serious if you swim.
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Only open on weekends and during summer

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Small weir for river level control. Parking in Aspects Leisure Park, subject to time restraints. McDonalds & other restaurants present.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Accessible from Aspects Leisure Park (subject to parking restrictions), this is a long weir which provides a 'short cut' down "New Cut" which cuts off the loop around the Priory Country Park eventually rejoining the main channel.
This is a shallow run and I haven't fully explored it yet, other than walking along it. Portaging the weir to access it appears tricky but not impossible.
Continuing past the weir you will rejoin the main Great Ouse towards Great Barford.
A McDonalds Restaurant is on the Leisure Park.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Cardington was the first artificial slalom course in the UK, opened in 1982, and hosts slalom events run by Viking Kayak Club and the Inter Clubs Slalom national finals in September. The course is available for hire - see website at cardingtonwhitewater.co.uk
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

New Portage point and access to water from Priory Business Park car park

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Bedford, UK

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Bedford, UK

Not an employee, just handy being so close to water if you need anything.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Mooring pontoon for boats using the Lock, push past it towards the lock and there is a lower pontoon for canoes.

NB: if you head north on foot over the lock and through the farm yard (well used public footpath), there is a Go Outdoors store about 400m ahead.

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Deep lock with large weir/waterfall adjacent

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Nice riverside cafe.
I cannot confirm whether landing is permitted directly, despite a number of enquiries by phone or email. The last update I had was that they did not allow it for insurance reasons. However there is possible landing outside of their boundary

in 2012 they were happy to accept customers arriving by kayak. There are suitable outside seats for kayakers.
I can confirm that paddlers are very welcome. We had a lovely meal here and this is an interesting spot to visit with plenty to see.
Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Portage platforms above & below lock

Paddle Point
Bedford, UK

Access to river with parking in nearby streets, The Anchor PH is a stones throw away. [url]http://www.charleswells.co.uk/home/pub-guide/pub/the-anchor/url]

Great Barford is an excellent place to get onto the Great Ouse,
Used a few times to go up towards Cardington & then back - a good day's paddle

Photo-album https://www.flickr.com/photos/123873784@N02/sets/72157646645121135/

Complete Photo-album of paddles https://www.flickr.com/photos/123873784@N02/collections

Paddle Point
Brampton, Cambridgeshire, UK

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Paddle Point
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK

Public slipway with large car park

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Wyton, Cambridgeshire, UK

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Limited street parking

There is a very small launch site next to the bridge and some parking on the road south of the bridge.
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National trust pay car park

The car park is free to NT members and has lots of space. You can launch from the beach (very close to the car park) opposite the mill on the mill pond and paddle through to Houghton Lock. Alternatively, walk through the mill (it's a public footpath) and launch next to Houghton Lock where there are easy get-ins for up-stream or down-stream, next to derelict boat rollers.
Very pleasant paddle and easy put in for beginners. You can park practically next to the put in. Nice tea shop!
Paddle Point
Saint Ives, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27, UK

Slipway. Room for a couple of cars


The slipway
Paddle Point

Excellent spot to put in and take out. Easy enough street side parking and old mud slipway? ideal. Pub yet to be inspected! Pleasant few hours paddling up to St Ives lock and back.
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Littleport, Cambridgeshire, UK

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Southery, Norfolk, UK

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Pontoon with gang way. pub across bridge.