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On and Around the River Thames Sports and Recreation

So Much To Do - So Little Cost

The Thames Path National Trail is 185 Miles of FREE, level, healthy walking. Many events such as the Thames Path 100K charity walk take place throughout the year. Many other visitors enjoy its beauty and too. Try it sometime. Total cost a little shoe leather!

Sailing is a favourite sport up and down the entire River Thames. Many clubs offer free trails. Or for kids, they can join in via, cubs, scouts, brownies and guides or often through the many school schemes at little or no cost.

Such an exciting sport. White water Kayaking on Thames Weirs can be a very inexpensive way of enjoying the Thames. By buying some second hand equipment, a couple of hundred pounds will be sufficient to scare you rigid!

Perhaps cheapest of all is a park bench in a riverside park and take your own sandwiches, but if funds allow why not try a pub lunch, enjoy a salad or a sandwich and a pint or two of your favourite beer, or maybe a wine!

Click on any photo on this page to go to a dedicated page showing two “public domain” videos to do with the subject selected.

Top Left: So what could be more English than the Henley Royal Regatta, or maybe row your way through Central London?

Middle Left: David Walliams enjoys a swim for charity with a canoe in support

Middle Right: Stephen Johnston is Angling for one, or two big ones. Enjoy!

Top Right: Aperitifs before dinner! 1st class dining abounds all along the way

Be sure to view the Thames Path video as it describes the healthy fun to be had walking on the Thames Path National Trail, part of a National Organisation who are also RTA Supporters.

So, whatever your sport or leisure interest be sure to use this page to watch some selected publicly available YouTube Videos, via our direct links.

Many thanks to the Video makers for all of their work. If you have any videos or photos you would like us to use please call.

Sailing video Kayaking Video Rowing video Eating & Drinking Video Angling Video Thames Path Walking Video David Walliams Video Eating & Drinking Video Thames Path Walking Video

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Published Thursday,

1st October 2015

Kingston upon Thames Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member Environmental Health at Kingston Council, said:  

“Kingston, along with most London boroughs, is exceeding Government targets for annual mean nitrogen dioxide and daily mean particulates, especially close to the A3 and other busy roads. We are tackling this head-on by developing a new Air Quality Action Plan. We know that the population of our borough is going to increase. We need to act now to ensure that growth is not accompanied by worsening air quality. So we are working closely with Transport for London to explore the potential introduction of low emission buses and reviewing bus routes around the borough which are regularly subject to delays, causing localised pollution. Improving sustainable travel options within the borough is also key to the success of the plan. We are particularly looking at how we can improve pedestrian walkways and cycle parking provision.

I urge residents, visitors and local businesses to get involved in this consultation and let us know what they think of our plans to tackle this important issue.”

The Air Quality Action Plan consultation ends on Thurs 7 January 2016.

Spelthorne Council has an annual grant process for providing financial support to local voluntary groups and clubs. Individuals may also apply if they are setting up a community activity/event that will benefit Spelthorne residents.

Applications are considered in November each year, for grants to be paid in the following April. Applications will thereafter be accepted throughout the year until all funds have been allocated. Please submit you application using the grant application form on the right. Service Level Agreements will be put in place for recipients of grants in excess of £5,000.The award of a grant in previous years gives no guarantee of funding for future years.You can complete the online Grant Application form. Our grants criteria page explains the agreed criteria for the different categories of applicant.The Council may require audited accounts where applicable.We are always seeking to raise the profile of the grants and successful applicants should be prepared to appear in any publicity.For further information contact Joanne Jones on 01784 446421, email:

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Why the ATYC ?

The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs represents over 50 member motor yacht clubs and is dedicated to protecting the navigational and general interests of all Thames boat users.

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Waterways Plan - ACTION POINTS 2015 /21

A living evolving document subject to changes

SECTION F: Sport and Recreation

43. Sport England is committed to increase participation in physical recreation and water-sports on the Thames. This Waterways Plan gives strong support to that policy and RTA is developing a suite of initiatives to increase participation amongst all communities in the Thames corridor and, where relevant and possible, beyond.

44. There are over a hundred water-sport clubs on the non-tidal Thames mainly providing facilities for one of the three major sports – canoeing, rowing and sailing. This club system is likely to remain the backbone of Thames water-sports into the future. RTA therefore recommends that all clubs consider how they might gain the support of their existing members for an increase in club membership. This is best achieved by creating a virtuous circle so that the extra subscriptions and fees are allocated to pay for increased staffing, coaching and equipment.

45. A successful initiative to increase club membership involves identifying and lowering barriers to membership. RTA is compiling a best practice guide for use by clubs seeking to expand. In particular RTA has identified a significant number of successful initiatives that are recommendedfor consideration by clubs.

a. Some clubs have widened their range to encompass minor sports that appeal to a wider range of potential supporters.

b. Another successful approach is to form partnerships with nearby clubs which offer access to different sports, perhaps promoting a taster approach so that a potential member can try several different sports before deciding which club to join.

c. The scope and nature of membership might be widened, focusing particularly on underrepresented groups, including those who are likely to use club facilities during quieter periods. Partnerships with schools, junior sports clubs and voluntary organisations representing disabled people will both create the opportunity to attract new supporters and to

change public perceptions of clubs.

d. Several clubs have experimented with flexible membership packages, ranging from lower fees linked to a restriction on times that club facilities can be used through to what amounts to a ‘key only’ membership, allowing access to the sport and recreation facilities but not to the bar or club rooms.

e. RTA believes that many clubs would benefit from a more determined effort to publicise their activities. The non-tidal Thames has an impressive calendar of water-sport events and the spectators might be canvassed as potential supporters. The RTA will focus on the National Water Sports Month and the Thames Tidefest in particular to determine whether RTA can help with publicity and support.

f. Club open days might be targeted specifically at new groups of potential members.

g. The club website should give a comprehensive and attractive description of what the club does, with due care that the club’s interest in competitive events does not overshadow opportunities for less demanding enjoyment.

46. Efforts should also be made to reduce the problems that some clubs face. There is no public transport close to a number of clubs and, on some reaches, the infrastructure on the river is not adequate to support any general increase in participation. RTA will try to explore the details of this problem with canoe clubs in particular and will talk to the Environment Agency and to the relevant riparian owners in the search for a solution.

47. Of course many people use the river for sport and physical recreation on an informal basis without joining clubs and participation of this kind should also be encouraged. RTA believes that numbers would rise if the opportunities for informal use were given greater publicity and if better information were to be available about access points.

48. The safety of informal users should receive more attention. The Environment Agency has a useful code that gives guidance on safety and civilised behaviour. More publicity needs to be given to this guidance and RTA will discuss with the Environment Agency how this might best be done.

NOTE: The Waterways Plan is a living evolving document that is subject to change

Certain assumptions have been made.

For the period of the Plan, the Environment Agency is expected to continue as the river authority for the non-tidal Thames and funding is assumed to continue at about its current level.

If these or other assumptions prove to be incorrect, or the effects of the nations BREXIT decision impacts significantly, this living Plan will be revised.

The Waterways Plan will continue to help determine the future policy of RTA and its working groups whilst giving the RTA the necessary authority to lobby and influence the relevant statutory, non-statutory and political bodies.

The success of the new Waterways Plan will depend on effective implementation. Some of these Actions can be progressed but RTA’s capacity is limited and a comprehensive Action Programme is required with RTA supporters coming forward to take on a leadership role in organising implementation of particular parts of the Programme. Working Group Leaders and their related delivery groups - please volunteer.


The Thames is an iconic river and the river basin is home to nearly 20 million people with many more

millions passing through the each year.  Inevitably the river is subject to conflicting demands from

residents, users, tourists, industry, agriculture, sport, and the need to maintain a good environment for

nature as well as for humans. The new Waterways Plan aims to try to resolve and mitigate some of these conflicts and to promise an even better River Thames for all of our future generations.

The RTA it Supporters, Sponsors ad Volunteers will continue to work hard to ensure the success of the Waterways Plan and its 2020 Vision programme.