A late summer evening jaunt on the glistening Thames, ideal for those new to kayaking or those looking to try something new in a kayak! With the weather forecast for Thursday being a stunning sunshine (http://www.bbc.com/weather/2643743) it will be a real pleasure to be on the river
We’ll be on the water for a couple of hours, with the trip planned around the tides, allowing you to glide down river to follow a discovery trail to find two lost rivers: Counters Creek, and river Wandle where Lord Nelson fished before winning the battle of Trafalgar. And that's not all, the paddle will also take you past Fulham Football Grounds, past the church where the horror film 'The Omen' was filmed and past by Fulham Palace which was once owned by Henry the 8th. The river will be at high tide offering excellent views.
And best of all there will be complementary pizza and beer waiting for you on arrival back in Chelsea.
We will be paddling in super stable 2 person kayak boats, so no experience is required, and our expert guides will help us master the basics of boat control during the journey.
If this date doesn't suit you, we have another event on 12th May, however it is almost sold out now - you have to be quick to grab your place.
We will be kayaking from a purpose-built kayaking centre in Chelsea, with excellent facilities and equipment. The kayaks we’ll be using are spacious and stable doubles.
All coaches are highly trained and qualified by the British Canoe Union, fully CRB checked, and have years of kayaking experience. They have a passion for the tidal Thames and brilliant local knowledge.
The centre boasts hot showers and changing rooms, with lockers for your valuables, just bring along a small padlock.
Meeting time: 7.00pm, Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, SW10 OQH for 7:30 start.
Meet at Cremorne Gardens on the junction of Lots Road and Cremorne Road. Travelling by bus is a good option – the centre is a five minute walk from Battersea Bridge, or the Worlds End stop on the Kings Road.
Imperial Wharf overground station is around a 7 minute walk, and can be reached via Clapham Junction or Shepherd’s Bush mainline stations, or by changing from the London Underground system at West Brompton (District Line). Fulham Broadway and Sloane Square tube stations are both around a 15 – 20 minute walk away.
If you’re on your bike there are railings you can secure your bike to.
What to bring:
A complete change of clothes & footwear (though you’re 99% likely to stay dry!), a padlock, sunglasses/hat.
Kayak hire, splash proof outer clothing, paddle, buoyancy aid, kayak guides.
N.B. the trip is dependent on a minimum number attending.
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.
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