Flat water, touring and general paddling

Of course, not everyone want to Race, Surf, or play rapids.  Most members of the club occasionally just want to have a simple paddle somewhere.

Every week we do something to accommodate less strenuous activity.  On club nights members can paddle up or down the Gloucester Sharpness canal and visit a local hostelry or just enjoy the scenery.  During the summer months a group of paddlers enjoy a Tuesday afternoon paddle on the Avon above Tewksbury. This is before or instead of the evening paddle at the clubhouse.

Paddling the Wye
Paddling the river Wye

Daytime Excursions

Also, increasingly throughout the year, daytime excursions are organised on any of the local rivers; Severn, Avon or Wye.  These enable paddlers to do round trips or just paddle down (or up) a suitable stretch of water.  These can also include a gentle introduction to grade 1 or 2 rapids or include the opportunity to play with weirs under supervision.

During the cooler months and shorter days these will be day trips on the weekend, but in the summer they tend to happen on a Friday evening after work.

Coaching throughout the year

The club also run Induction and Coaching sessions on club nights during the Summer.  During the winter we meet in the local GL1 Twyver swimming pool.  This enables us to offer the opportunity to new paddlers to get involved in the sport throughout the year.  See our page on joining the club and please contact us using our Contact Form before just turning up – we need to know you are coming to prepare coaching and kit for you.

Coaching on the canal

Our annual trips include a weekend traveling down the River Wye (pdf document) giving all members an opportunity to canoe and camp on this outstanding British river.  We also run a camping weekend to the Gower.  This enables a number of activities to take place including Stand Up Paddle boarding.  Winter trips tend to be focussed on white water paddling for the more experienced paddlers and those who have cold weather gear.

Not everything is paddling though.  We also have a social calendar which includes skittles evenings, BBQs and other off water entertainment.

Canoeing on the Wye

Contact us

Please use the contact form on this page to let use know your interests and to arrange taster sessions.  You can also use the address enquiries@gloucestercanoeclub.co.uk.

Please don’t just turn up on a Tuesday as we have a detailed schedule of activities and need to plan to make your experience as good and enjoyable as possible.

Paddling in Gloucestershire