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McConks’ stand up paddle boarding bitesize travel guides: Abingdon-on-Thames river tributary, Oxfordshire.

Location:

Abingdon-on-Thames river tributary, Oxfordshire.

Spot type:

Inland, sheltered tributary of the Thames with a small weir running under a bridge.

Conditions:

A low to medium flow river spot with a small standing wave that’s created as the water cascade down an incline under a ye olde bridge. For anyone looking to get into white water SUP this is a spot that’s perfect for those first steps.

Hazards:

The river is shallow right next to bridge with the bottom being only mm deep where the flow tumbles under the stones. There’s a slight bit of tow back caused by recirculating water but ultimately you will get spat out downstream. Some overhanging tree branches and river shrubbery need to be avoided. The trail leading to the put in is nettle filled and overgrown so booties a must!

Access:

Access to this small nook off the main River Thames is via tiny siding where you can park up. There not much room for more than three cars and with plenty of ramblers/walkers using the trail you don’t want to box anyone in so park coutesously.

Popularity (1-10):

White water river SUP is still very under radar so you’ll mostly be paddling here alone or if you run into UK WW SUP pioneer Dave Adams (aka Wavecloud) you could have company. This is his spot, as it were, but Dave’s friendly and will be happy to show you the ropes.

Amenities:

No amenities on site but there’s a small village back along the main road and Oxford itself isn’t too far away. Should you get into difficulties, however, you need to have a backup paln.

Overview:

Proper medieval middle England this Thames River tributary in Abingdon is a secluded hideaway for SUPers who enjoy peace and quiet. There’re a multitude of other put ins around the area, from flat water to full on high volume whitewater when flows are high. This mellow standing wave is caused by water flowing under a bridge and creating a hydraulic at the bottom. There’s an eddy off to the right where you can take a breather and another across on the opposite bank. Water current boosts straight downstream so whilst the standing wave itself is pretty safe you’ll still end up going for a float should you wipeout. For anyone looking to up their stand up paddle board game and try a bit of river surfing, however, this is a great location to dabble a blade and check it out. You may become addicted…

1 thought on “McConks’ stand up paddle boarding bitesize travel guides: Abingdon-on-Thames river tributary, Oxfordshire.

  1. This is at Newbridge about 15 minutes outside abingdon.
    Where the river windrush meets the Thames.
    2 pubs are situated 200m with plenty of parking where you can out on at the Thames and paddle up from the confluence for 5 mins to the wave.

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