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The New Way To Explore Britain’s Waterways

If the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of enjoying a slower pace of life. Experience the beauty of Britain’s waterways in a whole new light with the latest water sport – stand-up paddleboarding.

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A new way to experience the Thames

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.

What you need to know

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 perfect socially distant activity

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.

How to enjoy SUP from The Runnymede on Thames hotel

  • Bring your board and take to the Thames with ease from our own private mooring
  • Choose to enjoy a leisurely float down river for approximately 2 miles towards Penton Hook Lock and its protected nature reserve, or for those who love a challenge, take on a full body workout by heading upstream towards Windsor, where you will reach the Old Windsor Lock in just under 3 miles
  • Once you’re back on dry land, celebrate your achievements with a treat from our airstream trailer

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