A fun, sponsored canoe trip down the River Thames to raise money for Adventure Plus.

29 April - 4 May 2017

The challenge is to complete the 127 mile canoe and reach, or exceed, the sponsorship target. Funds raised will go towards establishing an AdventureBase in Oxfordshire to help children and young people. This is the longest canoe challenge in the UK.

Enjoy travelling at the speed of the river from West Oxfordshire all the way down to Westminstersign up (taking 6 days to cover a journey that can be done in 2 hours by car), watch the river change and grow and admire such sights as Christchurch Cathedral, Magdalen Bridge, Windsor Castle and the Houses of Parliament.


The 127 mile challenge takes place in 6 stages (see Route Map for details) and you can join us for anything from 1 to 6 days, depending on how big a challenge you want.  Some days have 25 miles on the river so you could be paddling up to 7 or 8 hours in a day. With plenty of locks there is plenty of time to relax and chat as well.

For an idea of what might be involved perhaps check out the kit list - seeing what you need to bring can show you what might be in store...


The challenge is more than just the paddling.  Each paddler needs to raise sponsorship as follows:

  • 1 day - £250
  • 2 days - £450
  • 3 days - £550
  • 4 days - £700
  • 5 days - £850
  • 6 days - £1000

Children & Young People

Many families join the challenge e.g. as Father & Daughter(s) or Mother & Son(s) teams. Minimum age is 10, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (or join as part of a supervised group). Registration fees and sponsorship targets are 50% of those for adults. Due to strong tides, the final day is more challenging and minimum age is 14. It is not possible for people to join for the final day only. 


We are offering free training sessions to develop the necessary skills and stamina. These are on:

  • Sat 18th March 2017: 11 am - 2 pm, skills training, Grafton Lock, meet at Windmill Farm Conference Centre for 10: 15 am, OX18 2SN
  • Sat 25th March 2017: 11 am - 2 pm, skills training, Grafton Lock, meet at Windmill Farm Conference Centre for 10:15 am, OX18 2SN
  • Sat 8th April 2017: 10 am - 3 pm, journey & skills, Lechlade - Grafton Lock, meet at Windmill Farm Conference Centre for 9:15 am, OX18 2SN


We may have a number of people covering all/part of the route on foot, either walking or running. Please contact us if you would like to support the event in this way. 

Join Us

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Challenge Details

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