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.