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Address: River Lane | Petersham, Richmond TW10 7AG, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 8675 3335
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Truly wonderful canoe, kayak and paddle board adventures in Richmond upon...

Truly wonderful canoe, kayak and paddle board adventures in Richmond upon Thames, London…

Whether you are after a gentle introduction to kayaking or an active office Summer party or some inspiring SUP Yoga with some pretty great people, you have come to the right place. Back of Beyond Adventures operates most of it’s activities on Old Father Thames from Petersham Meadows, near Richmond. The area offers paddlers an opportunity to explore a part of the Thames that is rich with history and wildlife.

All age groups and level of skill and ability are welcome and whatever you are looking for when you are here – a personal challenge, active team meetings or just plain old adventurous fun, you’ll have a great time.

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Ok so this was awesome ! What a fantastic way to spend a Friday night , sunset social allows you to wind down in the beautiful surroundings of Richmond and the Thames doing some... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Ok so this was awesome ! What a fantastic way to spend a Friday night , sunset social allows you to wind down in the beautiful surroundings of Richmond and the Thames doing some exercise whilst actually not really realising that you are . Piers has a lovely calm manor, and nothing is too difficult. I couldn't believe that within... More 

Thank Goldlittlefishie
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Really well organised. Very clear briefing. Piers was a good mixture of relaxed and supportive. A beautiful stand up paddle trip on the Thames in Richmond finishing in the dark with beautiful white and red lights. Highly recommended!

Thank madoc1975
1 review
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I dream to do kayaking on the river for 3 years. Finally I did it last week with my daughter. It is a amazing and quite easy. That is a good feeling for chasing some the ducks team and to saying hello to the swan in the river, rather than just from the banks of the river. Just try something... More 

Thank xia g
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Fun afternoon paddling on the SUP on the river, managed to not fall in! Great instruction, can totally recommend Back of Beyond for a London-based mini-adventure!

Thank jackie_ashdown
1 review
Reviewed 12 September 2016

A good introduction to kayaking or just a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on the Thames. Glen was very enthusiastic and explained what the day entailed, along with basic instruction very well. In a fairly large group of 8 he still managed to remember everybody's name and to make sure everyone was ok and enjoying the 'adventure'.... More 

Thank David E
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

A great couple of hours on the river with initial basic instruction on the river bank before quickly getting out onto the water. This was a 1 to 1 (plus one) bought as a 50th birthday gift for my partner. Piers was a friendly, calm and patient instructor and he perfectly balanced safety aspects and instruction on technique together with... More 

Thank UkFairComment
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The perfect way to spend a bright, sunny morning. It was my first time kayaking so I was certain I would capsize! Fortunately Glen was an excellent instructor, so I managed to keep dry. It was a fab experience and I would highly recommend Back of Beyond Adventures to everyone!

Thank McQuado
United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We couldn't find the parking because our sat nav would not direct us to it. Once we finally found the parking, it took a 20 minute walk to reach the activity centre. However, upon arrival we were treated very well. The instructor was charismatic and welcoming. The journey itself was controlled yet with the right amount of freedom. We would... More 

Thank Alex C
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Had fun on the river for a couple of hours. Rob was a great leader. Pity about the £5 surcharge per person during the holiday season, a bit steep.

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Piers75, Owner at Back of Beyond Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I really pleased to hear that you enjoyed it! The voucher you used to book with was half the usual price of the trip and is offered to fill our quieter months - May, June and September. If people want to book in our peak season they can still use the voucher, but with a... More 

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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I joined a stand up paddle boarding class on a Sunday afternoon - I had done it once before and he hadn't previously tried it. The whole set up was really professional. The coaching on land prior to getting on the water was great and once on the water Piers, our instructor, was confidence giving and good... More 

Thank Helen S

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