The Big Avon Paddle

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Join Dorothy House as we spend some time on the River Avon, raising money for vital hospice care in our community.

“You discover more about yourself when you do events like The Big Avon Paddle and it gives you a warm feeling to know you’re helping others. Get on board and join me on this September.”

Read Max’s story about getting on board with The Big Avon Paddle here.

Leigh also shares why he took part in The Big Avon Paddle in 2023 here.

Event information

The Big Avon Paddle offers two routes for paddlers to choose from: a 4.5 mile loop from Bath Boathouse downstream to the Avon County Rowing Club and back as well as a new 1.5 mile loop from Bath Boathouse heading upstream towards Weston Lock and back.

Participants can choose to paddle a route or a mix of both routes as many times as you wish in this paced event.

It’s a fun Pirate themed event for paddlers of all abilities and ages!

Entrants 16+ can participate on their own. Entrants under 16 years old must be accompanied on the paddleboard/kayak/canoe by a paying adult.

Timings of the day

The event starts at 10am and finishes at 6pm. The enjoyable and picturesque route provides plenty opportunities for stopping, refreshments, loo breaks and catching up with fellow paddlers.

Entry fee and sponsorship

Standard Entry – £20.00

Early Bird Entry – £16.00 (20% off the standard entry)

Family Entry – £50 (Families of 3, 4 or 5 people – maximum of 2 adults) – available from 9 May

Every participant or family should raise £50 in sponsorship to help Dorothy House continue to provide free end-of-life care in the community.

Entry fee includes a finishers medal and pizza afterwards.

Paddleboards, Katakanus and PFD/lifejacket/buoyancy aids are available for hire from CK Sup & Paddle – please book in advance by emailing

CK Sup & Paddle

Byron from CK Sup & Paddle (based at The Boathouse) shares with us his thoughts of the event:

“It’s fun, absolute fun! It’s a BIG social event day and a fantastic community event; everyone can get involved. A personal achievement and a personal goal for the people taking part. You can join family and friends, plus enjoy free food/drink if taking part. There’s the pub, an outside bar, and music entertainment and stalls; what’s not to like?!”