Thames Promenade, Richfield Avenue, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8EQ Map


Once in Reading follow signs to Caversham. Richfield Avenue is accessed from the roundabout immediately south of Caversham Bridge, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The race site is accessed via the public car park next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Richfield Avenue.

Car Parking

Car parking is available within the marked areas on the Thames Promenade.

The car park will open at 7:00 and close at 18:30 on each day.

The parking fee is £5 per day, card payments where possible. Payment can be made in cash but it must be the exact amount, there will be no change available.

If you require disabled parking please contact the organiser in advance to ensure that suitable space can be made available.


Toilets and stand-pipe water will be available on site. Disabled toilets will also be available on site.

There is NO ACCESS to Reading Canoe Club on the north side of the river (opposite bank to the event) to non club members.

Dogs are allowed on site but please keep them under control, especially around the portage area. Please ensure any fouling is cleared up.

No open fires or disposable BBQs are allowed anywhere on site. This is a requirement from Reading Borough Council and also for safety reasons due to the heat and dry ground.


Hot and cold refreshments will be available to purchase on the Thames Promenade site throughout the day via an external caterer.

Waitrose Supermarket and Tesco Express in Caversham are less than 10 minutes’ walk.

Spectator access

Due to Covid-19 restrictions no spectators are allowed in the field of play, however the rest of the promenade is a public site.

For parents/guardians and coaches who wish to follow their paddlers the majority of the course can be followed by bicycle.


Unfortunately due to restrictions imposed by the landowner we are unable to offer camping this year.

Local accommodation

Plenty of  accommodation is available in the Reading area, some very close to the site.

Here are a few camping options in/near Reading.

A few indoor options:

Crowne Plaza
Premier Inn Caversham
Premier Inn Central Reading
Ibis Hotel
Crown Lodge
The New Inn Kidmore End