Santon Downham


  • Start 13th June 2021 09:15
  • End 13th June 2021 16:30
  • Type Local Paddle
  • Organiser Tim Wilby
  • Sign Up 6th May 00:00 - 12th June 2021 10:00
Please note that times and locations may be subject to change.


.EAGLE CANOE CLUB – Paddle on Sunday 13th June 2021

Date – Sunday 13th June 2021

Where – River Little Ouse– Santon Downham , Nr Thetford. OS map Ref : 825874

What – A paddle from St Helens picnic site, near Santon Downham heading up stream towards Thetford and return to the get in point.

What’s it like? It’s a river paddle, along shallow waters. It’s a paddle of about 6 miles, with the possibility of one portage around a weir as we head upstream. It’s a short portage a matter of approx. 50 yards albeit up a sloping bank. This is an ideal stretch of river for canoeists to practice their poling. The river is shallow and in many places has a hard, stony/sandy bed. Whilst you do not have to ‘pole’ this is an ideal place to have a go.

Meet at the club - 0915 hrs for 0930 hrs departure. Returning mid afternoon.

What to bring? The usual items for a day trip, including waterproofs, additional clothing, packed lunch and drinks packed in waterproof containers. Do also bring a canoe helmet. Car parking exists at St Helens picnic spot and there is often an ice cream van there in fine weather.
Social distancing etc: Please respect others views on social distancing and bring and carry with you at all times a face mask and ideally a small supply of sanitizer in case needed at any point of the day together with a bag for any rubbish.

Toilet facilities - available at the club but I can't guarantee any thereafter. There used to be some available at the picnic site but I think they might be out of operation. Failing which I believe there are some public toilets at the Forestry commission car park in Santon Downham.

Transport, cars and roof racks With the likelihood of continuing corona virus restrictions participants will have to make their own way to the starting point. Members of the same household may travel together.

On line sign up is available for this trip. Please indicate what sort of craft you are likely to seek to paddle. This activity is on the same weekend as the Symonds Yat weekend so some craft may not be available .


Tim Wilby



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