We meet most Tuesdays throughout the year … See the “weekly calendar/rota” page for specific details of who’s in charge and anything specific that’s planned.
During the winter, pool meetings take place every fortnight on a Tuesday between 7.15 – 8.45pm in the swimming pool at the Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Road, Hackney – the 2020 sessions will take place on 25 February, 10 and 24 March and and 7 April.
The nearest railway stations are Old street, Haggerston and Hoxton. Further details about the centre and a map can be found on the centre’s website.
The cost is £4 for members, £8 for non-members. You pay us at the end of the evening – not the centre on the way in.
Our usual venue for a chat afterwards is the local, ‘the howl at the moon’.
What do we do on Tuesdays?
Everyone should make the effort to come, no matter how inexperienced or experienced – it’s to your advantage! We provide coaching and practice etc. for all standards from complete beginners.
Each week includes time for training and practice in all the canoeing strokes and skills, including Eskimo rolling, see- www.youtube.com/watch
We usually end the session with a 20 minute “canoe polo” game, which provides a great opportunity for everyone, no matter how good or bad your paddling skills, to get stuck in and fling a ball around! We don’t take this too seriously, the emphasis is on fun, and it’s a great way of improving your paddling.
What kit do I need?
You only need to bring swimming things (including goggles) and a rash vest or similar: boats and equipment are provided.
We usually find a few minutes to chat in a pub nearby afterwards where we discuss upcoming weekend trips etc.
In the Spring and Summer pool sessions are replaced with regular Tuesday evening paddles on the Thames at Chiswick. Sessions restart in April.
Directions to Chiswick
Our boathouse is located in the King’s House Sports Ground on Riverside Drive, Dukes Meadows in Chiswick (W4 2SH). The best way to get to our boathouse from central London is by train to Barnes Bridge station (from Waterloo, Vauxhall or Clapham Junction). From the station (see sketch map):
- Cross the Thames using the bridge which can be accessed on foot from the platform used for catching London-bound trains.
- At the bottom of the steps on the far (Middlesex) side of Barnes bridge turn left (not straight on down the river footpath – if you come to the Civil Service Rowing Club boathouse, you’ve gone the wrong way).
- After walking about 50 metres parallel to the railway embankment, bear right, cross a road and you will see a large blue sign and a gate at the beginning of a path marking the pedestrian entrance to the King’s House Sports Ground. Enter here and walk about 250 metres along the narrow footpath which passes between thick vegetation and the wall of a private tennis centre.
- The building in the Sports Ground where we meet is part of the fenced-off groundsmen’s compound, on the right hand side after walking down the footpath previously mentioned. There’s a big white CSCC Canoe Club sign on the exterior wall of our shed.
- If you need to get changed into your canoeing gear, you can change in the pavilion opposite the groundsman’s compound (on the other side of a car park).
If you’re travelling by car, Riverside Drive is a turning off the main A316 road. Coming from the A4 at Hammersmith/Chiswick, it’s the second “real” traffic lights. If you get to Chiswick Bridge you’ve gone much too far. Coming northwards up the A316 from Richmond, turn right at the second traffic lights after you’ve crossed Chiswick Bridge. The King’s House Sports Ground is the last entrance on the right before you get to the river Embankment. There is usually ample parking. If you need any further directions, contact us.
For a map of the site via Streetmap.co.uk – click here!