SUP the Thames
230KM | 44 Locks | 4.5 Days
Lechlade to Putney – June 2017
2016 saw Andy take his Stand Up Paddleboard along Europe's second longest river; the Danube. From source to sea through 10 countries, 4 capital cites, 3000km and 3 months.
June 2017 saw him take on another of the worlds second longest rivers - this time the United Kingdom's second longest stretch of water; the River Thames.
His original plan of starting from Cricklade was quickly abandoned due to a lack of water in the river meaning a 10km drive down stream to Lechlade where the river is fully navigable for boats meaning a guaranteed water level. Upon leaving Gloucestershire he paddled on through Oxford, Reading, Henley and Windsor until reaching the suburbs of London and his final destination of Putney. 230Km, 44 locks and all ahead of schedule in 4 and a half days.
Yes, the Thames flows on from Putney through the centre of London for another 70 odd kilometers but, for a Paddleboard that route requires special permission, would take more time than he had and, Putney is where he calls home so what better reason to finish there?
The whole paddle was under taken fully self supported meaning he carried all food, shelter and equipment he required with him on the board.
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