The Big Avon Paddle 2022

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The Big Avon Paddle is back on 17 September! Join Dorothy House as we spend some time on the River Avon, raising money for vital hospice care in our community.

The route is a 4.5 mile loop that starts at The Boathouse (Newbridge Road, Bath) and turns back at Saltford Marina (Saltford, Bristol). Paddlers can do the loop as many, or as few, times as you wish!

The Big Avon Paddle isn’t a race; it’s a paced event that’s enjoyable for all participants of all abilities. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 6pm. The enjoyable and picturesque route provides plenty of opportunities for stopping, refreshments, loo breaks and catching up with fellow paddlers.

Event entry is £20 and every participant should raise £200 in sponsorship for Dorothy House. Participants who raise £300 or more will receive a free event hoodie! The entry fee covers the cost of your event t-shirt, a medal and refreshments at The Boathouse, along with live music.

Every participant must provide their own paddleboard, kayak or canoe – all are welcome!

There are no boards or boats available for hire on the day, so you’ll need to make your own arrangements ahead of time. Additionally, you must bring your own PFD/lifejacket/buoyancy aid and wear this at all times when on the water.

Terms and Conditions

Event T&Cs:

  • By signing up to The Big Avon Paddle you agree to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship, or to make a donation of £200 in lieu of sponsorship
  • Entrants must be aged 14 and over: entrants aged 14-17 must be accompanied by a paying guardian
  • ALL participants MUST wear a PFD/lifejacket/buoyancy aid: no participant will be allowed to take part without one
  • Participants must wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions on the day (this may include: a sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, raincoat, etc. NO jeans or jogging bottoms are allowed for safety reasons)
  • Participants are encouraged to pack water and snacks
  • A safety demo will take place at the start of the event
  • It is preferable that participants have a BSUPA or Canoe England membership which provides insurance while on the water
  • The event is being led in accordance with the Channel Kayaks standard disclaimer which participants will be required to digitally sign upon registration
  • A qualified instructor/member of staff will be positioned at the front, middle and rear of the group and each staff member will carry a mobile phone and Icom Radio for communication and safety
  • In the event of an emergency, What3Words app will be used to identify the exact location for emergency services
  • Staff will each carry a first aid kit and safety throw rope at all times
  • The Big Avon Paddle is being organised by Channel Kayaks; for more information please visit
  • Dorothy House may take photographs/video during the event to be used in publicity and will be kept for three years; if you do not want your photograph to be used, please make this knows to the Dorothy House Fundraising Team
  • Don’t attend if you or anyone in your household/support or childcare bubble are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of Covid-19
  • In the unlikely event that we do need to cancel the event, you will be notified by email
  • If we are unable to re-arrange the event for another date, we will contact you about refund option