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Hampton Court to Richmond Expedition

Surrey

On this one way adventure, you will be paddling on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, initially upstream to Molesey Lock in order to get the best view of Hampton Court Palace, and after that downstream towards Thames Ditton, Surbiton, Kingston, Teddington and then on to Richmond. The trip usually takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours from start to finish, depending on conditions on the day.

Children may go on this trip but please call us on 0203 488 1785 to discuss before booking

We will meet you at Ditton Beach (equidistant from Hampton Court or Thames Ditton railway stations). After a safety briefing we will start on our one-way trip to Richmond. This is a fantastic point-to-point trip, exploring hidden islands, and passing through town and countryside, and will include a stop for a coffee and/or a bite to eat.

Note that this trip is currently only open to those who have paddled with with us on the Thames previously, and is not suitable for Beginners.

Can I bring my dog?

No, these sessions are for humans only. If you'd like to paddleboard with your dog, book one of our Doggy Paddle sessions here: https://widget.eola.co/utfsj/activities/sup-doggy-paddle

Cancellation and Bad Weather

Book with confidence - we offer a 100% money back guarantee in the event that the session cannot run due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please see our Cancellation Policy for details on cancelling or rescheduling your session for other reasons.


Please note that we don't cancel sessions due to wet weather - in fact it's lovely on the river in the rain! However, very occasionally, due to extreme weather (high winds, nearby thunderstorms or high river flow), we may need to cancel your session. On these occasions we will contact you and attempt to reschedule your lesson, and if this is not an option, we will offer you a credit voucher or full refund. If you don't hear from us, the session is going ahead!





What to bring

Please arrive ready to go - there are no toilets, changing or storage facilities at our launch point at Ditton Beach. Toilets may be available in cafes or pubs that we pass on the way. There are rudimentary changing facilities at the finish point. As this is a one-way trip , it is advisable to bring a dry-bag that you can keep your belongings in for the trip. We will have one or two spare drybags available, or you can buy one from us if you'd prefer. We recommend a spare waterproof/warm clothing, money, any medications you may need and your phone in a waterproof pouch. 

No specialist clothing is required, but no jeans or cotton please, as cotton gets very cold when wet. In warm weather, swimwear or ordinary quick drying gym gear will be fine (shorts/leggings/T-shirt/fleece). 

In colder weather (November - March), wearing a wetsuit would be advisable. We have wetsuits available if requested in advance, or bring your own. 

Please bring some water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers that you don't mind getting wet to take with you and to wear when we stop during the session.

If it’s sunny please bring an old baseball hat and sun cream.

You will be using our paddleboard and paddle. 

If you are worried about losing sunglasses please use a sunglasses strap, or buy one from us for £5.

Buoyancy aids are provided and are compulsory on all our sessions. Waist leashes are only used by coaches and very experienced paddlers. Ankle and knee leashes are not permitted on any of our sessions on safety grounds - they are banned on the tidal section of the Thames.

Requirements

Please do not attend the session if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

We will also need to know of any recent injuries prior to the session.

You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable with falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid.

You will need to shower / wash thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed, and need to ensure that any open cuts are covered. Note however that we do not have shower facilities at Richmond.


Itinerary

Your session will start with a safety briefing on the riverbank. This typically takes 10-15 minutes depending on group size.

We will then head out onto the river, firstly upstream to Molesey Lock in order to get the best view of Hampton Court Palace, and after that we turn downstream towards Thames Ditton, Surbiton, Kingston, Teddington and then on to Richmond.

*The exact length of time taken to reach Richmond will depend on the river and wind conditions on the day, but is typically 3.5 to 4 hours.



£74 per adult
£64 per child

Fri, 31st Mar
10:30 - 14:30 · 6 spaces left

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Cancellations

Our cancellation, refund and weather policy

England has a warm and wet climate, and it can often rain, even on summer days.  As an outdoor business we operate year round in all weathers, and only cancel a session if we deem conditions to be unsafe due to high winds, high river flow or thunderstorms nearby. 


The following outlines our policy regarding cancellation and rescheduling: 


  1. If your booking is cancelled at least a full 7 days prior to the activity start time you will be entitled to a full refund, less our booking engine / payment provider fees of 7%. You may also reschedule your booking at no cost.
  2. If your booking is cancelled between 7 days and 24 hours prior to the activity start time we will issue you with a voucher, valid for 12 months, to allow you to reschedule your booking to another time.
  3. If you cancel your booking less than 24 hours prior to the activity start time you will not be entitled to a refund, and you will not be able to reschedule your booking. However if you know someone who could fill your slot, please contact us by email and we’ll try to accommodate them. 
  4. If we cancel your booking at any time, you will be entitled to either reschedule your booking to another time, or to a full refund.


Just to be clear, if the conditions on the day aren’t ideal, but the activity still takes place, you will not be eligible for a refund. We never cancel for rain, so if wet weather is likely please bring a waterproof jacket. If really extreme weather is forecast we will contact you regarding your session. If you don't hear from us, your session is going ahead!


If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, please advise us as soon as possible. Our normal cancellation terms and timings will still apply. If you only advise us within 24 hours of your booking we will only consider rescheduling your session if you can provide adequate proof that you have been asked to isolate or have had a positive Covid test. Apologies if this sounds harsh, but we are a small business and still have to pay our staff and booking engine fees if you cancel at the last moment.


To cancel or reschedule your session please email us on hello@paddlerichmond.co.uk or call us on 0203 488 1785.



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Where we'll meet

Meet at Ditton Beach, Aragon Avenue, Thames Ditton, KT7 0PX what3words: /// safety.traps.soap Nearest train stations are either Thames Ditton or Hampton Court. The R68 bus runs regularly to Hampton Court from Richmond via Teddington

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