The Big Avon Paddle is back Saturday 16 September! Join Dorothy House as we spend some time on the River Avon.

The route is a 4.5 mile loop that starts at the Bath 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 and ages.

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.

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

Event entry is £20 and every participant should aim to raise £200 in sponsorship for Dorothy House. The entry fee covers the cost of a medal and food at the finish.

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.

The event finishes at 6pm but there will be live music and the option to get more refreshments for those wanting to carry on the fun!

We expect the event to sell out so book your entry ticket today!


registrations are not available

There are currently no entry options available for this event.


Event T&C’s

  • By signing up to The Big Avon Paddle you agree to aim to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship, or to make a donation in lieu of sponsorship
  • Entrants aged under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • 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
  • 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 options