Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : Jubilee River

The Jubilee River is a great place to go canoeing. Though it is actually a flood relief channel for the Thames, it has been landscaped and a decade after it was opened it is now a pleasant haven for wild birds. The Jubilee River runs from just above Maidenhead to just below Eton.

The "river" actually feels more like a long thin lake, as normally the flow is very modest, even when the Thames is running high. This makes it unique amongst paddling places in the Thames Valley.

There are a number of weirs. The top 2 are not runnable and dangerous, but the lower weirs can be slid down in the right conditions. All the weirs can be portaged.



Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Blue = paddle route
Green = portage
Red = possible extension


A very pleasant paddle that is unusual for the South East in that it feels more open than the usual small rivers and canals.
Two of the weirs can be run (may be a scrape), but the first weir at March Lane is potentially dangerous and should be portaged.

It is possible to extend this under the final, runnable, railway bridge weir and then up, getting out at a boat house. Worth checking first if anybody minds (we finished there in the dark when it was locked up, almost by accident!)


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Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

WARNING. This weir is deadly, enormous and not portage-able. Do not try to join the Jubilee River directly from the Thames.

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Put in across grass & over fence from limited vergeside parking.

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

This weir is not runnable. Portage on river right.

Paddle Point
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, UK

Put in above or below the weir.

2.0 meter hight restrictin on car park, is a bit of grass bank oposite carpark enterence that is suitable for larger cars, i have a T5 so that was the best spot.
Paddle Point

Easy launch. Car park has height restriction, but it's also possible to park on the roadside.

One canoe on a normal car may just fit underneath the barrier - mine did (Prospector on Ford Mondeo).

Launch from a platform just downstream of the bridge down a gravel track to the right as you are looking at the river from the car park.




If for any reason you can't carry or trolley your canoe as far as the platform (100 yds at most), you can launch down the steep bank and climb in under the bridge.
Paddle Point
Eton Wick, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Can be run in most conditions, with the usual care. Portage river right if required, using platforms.

Paddle Point
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Runnable in most conditions, with the usual care.

Paddle Point
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Weir under bridge. Runnable in most conditions with usual care. Centre arches best.

This known locally as 'Black Potts'
Paddle Point
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Easy out in- take out to avoid the need for shooting or portaging Black Potts Weir

Paddle Point
Datchet, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Easy shoot, but possible to portage over fence to river left