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Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race

Kayak 125mi
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This annual Easter weekend event has been going since 1948. The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race begins in Devizes, Wiltshire, with the finish line opposite the Houses of Parliament downstream of Westminster Bridge in very central London. Don't let this enticing race fool you because it is no mere paddle, it is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning which produces a memorable sense of achievement for those successfully completing it.

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  1. 125 miles

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Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race route

This race is 125 miles short and has steady 77 portages! You being your first 52 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal heading to Reading, after that you head on to the River Thames for your next 55 miles to Teddington. And then your final 17 miles is a section on the tidal portion of the Thames.

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This race can only completed in open canoes or kayaks. Our recommendations would be selecting a stable boat as the water conditions on the final tidal portion of the race can be extremely challenging.

The course is as always going to be extremely busy over the weekend, so if you are not supporting a crew directly but still wish to view the race, please only visit our spectator friendly sites listed below. These have facilities and space, and enable us to to keep the portage areas free for emergency vehicles and support staff.

  • Devizes to Newbury
  • Newbury to Marlow
  • Marlow to Ham/Teddington
  • Central London

To volunteer or enquire about what is involved with volunteering, please email Rachel Dennis or get in touch through the DW Group on Facebook. Let Rachel know how you want to help, along with your phone number and email address, and you’ll be put in touch with the most appropriate team leader, [email protected]

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race weather forecast

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