Nestled on the banks of the Thames, we know that the river is more than just a landmark – it’s a great source of activities. From sunset boat rides to quiet fishing sessions, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Most recently, we’ve seen a rise stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), the new sport that’s taken the waterways by storm. A punting and surfing hybrid, you simply stand on the board and propel yourself along the water using a long oar. Not only is it praised for its fitness benefits, it’s also perfect for a spot of adventure.
Paddleboarding is fairly easy to learn; although many people are self-taught, there are numerous clubs that offer a beginner’s course to help you learn how to handle your paddle and keep safe before taking to the water unassisted. The Runnymede is located on a ‘non tidal’ stretch of the Thames, meaning it’s ideal for a scenic float down the river or an exhilarating all body workout upstream. The environmental agency manages the non-tidal stretch of the River Thames and requires you to have a licence – either a ‘non-powered pleasure craft licence’ or you can join the British Canoe Union. With an average price of around £45, for all the experiences you’ll gain, it’s well worth the pennies.
The Runnymede towpath is home to a plethora of wildlife and a great way to enjoy the Thames’ picturesque views, but being out on the water brings with it a world of opportunity. Providing a sense of peace and tranquility, you’ll gain a new perspective on your surroundings. It’s also a great way to socially distance yourself from the world and create fantastic memories in the process.
Following the latest government announcement, we are delighted to share the news that we will be re-opening the hotel including our restaurants, lounge and riverside terraces from Monday 17th May. The Spa will re-open to members and non-residents from Monday 12th April.