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Half Day Winter Kayak Tour

kayak - Up to 8 people


There is nothing like the feeling of having a river to yourself...

During the winter, once the crowds have left, the river is quiet and peaceful. Listen to the wildlife and the splash of the kayaks as you paddle along this beautiful stretch of the River Thames.

The Half Day Winter Kayak Adventure is approximately 3 hours long and runs daily at 10:30am. Group size can vary from 2-12 people.

We meet at Petersham Meadow steps on River Lane, Richmond, where you will get to know your highly experienced guide and the rest of your group. We will go over kayak safety, route and conditions and you will get to know your kayak.

We will be paddling 'up' and 'down' the river and all around the islands of the Thames. We will stop at a riverside pub or cafe for you to maintain energy while we paddle. While you are resting, watching the birds and river life and taking in the views from your kayak, your guide will tell you stories about the life and nature of this part of the river.

For this trip, it's not necessary to have any previous experience. 99% of our guests never kayaked before.

This is a short but fun filled experience for everybody!

What to bring

It is a good idea to bring a re-useable bottle of drinking water to take with you.

Most people wear walking trousers, running tights or leggings and then layer up their tops. A waterproof jacket and possibly trousers can be of benefit in the winter.

If it is particularly sunny, it is recommended that you wear sun-cream and a hat. Sunglasses are also good. Be aware that can they sink quickly... so do not bring your best pair.

Spare clothes, shoes and a towel are also recommended. These can be left in our vehicle at your own risk.

Please note that there are no toilets or changing facilities at River Lane, but there is woodland at River Lane that some people choose to change in.

The nearest toilet is at the Petersham Nurseries if they are open.


The Eel pie Island Kayak trip is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.

You will be paddling for approximately an hour at a time with short stops along the way.

You are going to be paddling in beautifully stable touring kayaks so it is unlikely that you will end up in the water....although it can happen!

We provide PFD's (personal floatation devices) that will keep you buoyant in the water if you do end up in it. We can then help you back onto stand up paddle board.

If you are a weak or non swimmer, please do let your instructor know so that they are aware of it.


Check in and introductions

Adjust your kayaks to fit you

Learn / re-introduce the essentials of paddling:

  1. Forward paddling
  2. Turning techniques
  3. Safety

Discover your new favourite pastime.... Decide to paddle more regularly!


Full refund if cancelled 15 days or more prior to the activity.


In case you need to cancel the lesson, trip or session, then following charges apply:

  1. 14-8 Days before the course date 50% of the total course fee
  2. 7-0 Days before the course date 100% of the course fee


Please note that failure to attend the lesson, trip or session will not be eligible for refund whatsoever. The above charges will apply.

In the case where a refund is made to you by us, the refund may take up to 14 working days to be processed. Refunds will be processed using the same payment method that the original payment was made.

Rescheduling lessons, trips and sessions

Rescheduling is permitted but, if requested within 7 days of the initial date of the lesson, trip or session, will incur a £10 rescheduling fee per person, per change. Rescheduling fees must be paid immediately upon rescheduling.

  1. We reserve the right to change any part of a published lesson, trip or session if this is caused by circumstances beyond our control.
  2. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any lesson, trip or session and will advise the customer as soon as the change is known.
  3. We will use all reasonable endeavours to avoid changes of this nature.

For any lessons, trips or sessions, which are rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances such as thunderstorms and high winds; instructor or guide sickness; lesson, trip or session is filled with a low number of paddlers, then, every endeavour will be made to provide a replacement instructor or guide, or to reschedule the lesson, trip or session and we will offer paddlers as many dates as possible to participate in their session. Please note that a refund is not available in this circumstance.

The location and date of the lesson, trip or session will be advised upon booking. We reserve the right to change the location and will advise the customer as soon as the change is known. We will not be liable for out of pocket expenses due to cancellation or any other changes to venue or session.

Non Attendance

Any non-attendance of any lesson, trip or session for any reason whatsoever is deemed to be a cancellation with no notice and payment is due in full.

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Where we'll meet

Meet at the Petersham Meadow Steps on River Lane. This is at the edge of the river.

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