Disclaimer: This blog post is written in Paid Partnership with Canoe and Kayak Adventures in Windsor. Views of our gifted Guided Kayaking Tour are honest and those of Berkshire Mummies.
We were kindly invited to go on a guided canoeing tour along the River Thames at Windsor with Canoe and Kayak Adventures and what a wonderful and memorable experience it was.
Lockdown had ended and outdoor water sports were allowed to open again, after months of being at home it felt so refreshing to be out somewhere different, making memories in one of our favourite Berkshire towns, in a covid safe environment. Myself and my eldest child went on the kayaking tour.
Upon booking the experience in I was impressed with the covid secure measures which had been put in place, which gave me confidence to go on the adventure and we signed an electronic disclaimer before our visit.
Getting ready for our Kayaking Tour Experience
Upon arriving at Canoe and Kayak Adventures which is based in Railway Arch 110, which is right next to the River Thames and Alexandra Gardens, where we parked (SL4 3HY), we met Neil, the owner of the family run business who kitted us out with life jackets and paddles. We then headed over to our Canadian canoe and met our tour guide who gave us a quick lesson on how to paddle on land.
We then got into our Canadian canoe ready for our tour along the River Thames. Our canoe was attached to our instructors canoe. This worked really well as it allowed us to social distance whilst having a guided tour. The highlight for us was having an extra companion on our trip, Albert the dog who was our guides pet dog. Albert was well behaved for the whole journey. Before Albert joined us on the tour we were asked if we would be happy for him to be part of our adventure – we love dogs so this made the trip extra special.
Where did we go on our Guided Tour?
The guided tour took us 2 hours and took us firstly past views of Windsor Castle. It was a wonderful part of the river to be on as there were so many swans, geese and ducks about. We saw a family of ducklings and plenty of swans landing and taking off – it was magic to witness.
After seeing views of the castle we then turned left up the river, where we went under a large grey bridge – learning that the red bolts on the bridge were to help the birds see the bridge so they could avoid crashing into it! We then went under a little green bridge to a little backwater, which was so calm and tranquil. We navigated through the narrow water way and saw more wildlife including the most graceful swan who came right alongside the boat. We also canoed pasted Swan Lifeline and learnt about the incredible work they do to support injured swans.
Next on our tour we headed back onto the main run of the River Thames up to Boveney Lock. Here we saw Windsor Racecourse as well as coots, grebes and a swan on her nest. We learnt about the lock and the saw the salmon chute, hidden within the rapids.
We then canoed back down the river, until we had impressive views of Windsor Castle again and finally headed back to base, where we got out of the canoe and our kit and boat was disinfected.
Would we recommend our experience?
We honestly had the best time on our Guided Tour with Canoe and Kayak Adventures in Windsor. Our guide was knowledgeable, great at educating us about river life and brilliant at engaging on the right level with a child. We will certainly be recommending the experience and business to friends and family and believe that going on a tour has now given us the confidence to hire a canoe or kayak ourselves, hopefully in the not too distant future.
You can book canoe tours which are £40 for adults and £10 for children. You can also hire canoes, kayaks and paddle boards and take part in SUP yoga, SUP coaching and more. Click here for more information.
Children aged 5+ can go canoeing and kayaking but must be accompanied by an adult.
Address: Railway Arch 110, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 5JA
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