Pangbourne to Sonning

Pangbourne to Sonning

We provide canoe hire from Pangbourne to Sonning (9.3 miles, a full day in a canoe or kayak), amongst many other routes on the River Thames. See the Thames at its best on this stretch of the river.

Pangbourne to Sonning

Kayaking or canoeing on the Thames is a perfect day out!

Pangbourne to Sonning route description

You will access the river Thames just below Whitchurch Lock and paddle down the rural and scenic route towards the beautiful area at Mapledurham.

Stop for a picnic on the meadows or stop for lunch in Caversham as you quickly pass by Reading and back out in to the beautiful countryside approaching Sonning.

You will be picked up just below Sonning Lock.

Getting through the Locks

You can either paddle through the locks or get out and carry your boats around. We would suggest that you paddle through the locks when the lock keeper is on duty and portage if the lock is unmanned.

When you are carrying your boats be sure to lift carefully and try not to scrape the bottoms of the boats along the ground if you can help it!

Further options

Why not try our other day trips including Henley to Marlow or Sonning to Henley, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous then Cholsey to Henley, a weekend trip!

Canoe Hire from Pangbourne to Sonning

Distance: 9.3 miles
Time: A full day in a canoe or kayak.
Locks: 4


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All bookings need to fill out the form in the top right corner of this page for us to get right back to you with availability and pricing. If you just have a quick question however, call us direct on 01432 264 807.

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What’s included?

  • Boat hire, either canoe or kayak depending on your preference
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Waterproof drybag
  • River map
  • Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off.

Please note: transport is not included on the upper-middle Thames so if you need to be taken back to your start location then contact us for a price.