The Suzy Guides Team was exploring Borough Market a few weeks ago when I spotted this guy who was the spittin’ image of Crocodile Dundee handing out fliers to Kayak on the River Thames. That was too much to resist! We signed up. Two weekends later, the three of us were climbing into kayaks and paddling our way down the River Thames.
Dave and Carolyn Gregson, owners of Thames Kayaking, offer six hour trips down the Thames beginning from the Windsor Castle area. This is a beautiful and calm stretch of the Thames. Carolyn provides a healthy and delicious lunch around the four-mile mark. Then, the van returns you to the Datchat Tube Station.
Trips are available 7 days/week from April to October. The kayaks are inflatable, safe transport and no experience is necessary.
If you’re interested in seeing a different part of England than the usual tourist haunts, this is an exceptional experience. Just contact Dave or Carolyn at their website: http://www.thameskayaking.com to make reservations.
On a recent Thames Kayaking trip, the Suzy Guides‘ team of David Ingham, Ian P. Hardy and Annie Coburn, stopped on the bank of the River Thames to have a picnic and rest after kayaking 4 miles down the River Thames.
David, our historian and architect of the walks for Walk London, gave us some history of Runnymeade and the Magna Carta, which John I signed at this location. In addition to this historic signing, is a memorial to John F. Kennedy dedicated to him in 1965 after his assassination.
David gives you a concise history of both the Magna Carta and the memorial to JFK:
The Magna Carta had an impact on constitutional law as well as political representation and the future development of parliament. Runnymede has a strong association with ideals of democracy, limitation of power, equality and freedom under law.
The inscription on the monument to JFK reads: ‘This acre of English ground was given to the United States of America by the people of Britain in memory of John F. Kennedy, born 19th May, 1917: President of the United States 1961-63: died by an assassin’s hand 22nd November,1963. “Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty”: from the inaugural address of President Kennedy, January 1961.’