Paddlers Thames Access
Do I need a license to paddle on the Thames?If you’re paddling on the non tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non powered pleasure craft license available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoe Union (BCU) here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non tidal section of the Thames.
If you’re paddling on the Thames below Teddington you do not need a license, just remember the Thames here is tidal and a look at a tide table before you go out for the day is very sensible here.
Other local river such as the Wey or Mole and the Basingstoke Canal and Wey Navigation are also covered by the BCU license. If you have any worries regarding river access locally either have a look at the BCU’s "where to paddle page" here or give us a call on our normal number 01932 247978 we can normally help!