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Take to the Water in the Chilterns: Sailing, canoeing or water-skiing!

  • 3rd July 2018

The Chilterns and aquatic activities are not an obvious combination but you may be surprised to find that there is a thriving watersports community catering for all abilities. With a number of excellent lakes to choose from sailors can practice their jibes, canoers their back ferry and water-skiers their slaloms at a variety of locations!

The Rickmansworth Aquadrome is set within a 41 hectare nature reserve and boasts two lakes for water-sports enthusiasts. The lake is home to a thriving sailing community at Bury Lake Young Mariners sailing club, and the lake is also used by the Rickmansworth Waterski Club and the Nomad Kayak Club.  A fabulous café and play areas are also a large draw at the Aquadrome.

Bourne End is home to a thriving marina situated on The Thames between Maidenhead and Marlow. The Upper Thames Sailing Club is a family run club offering racing every Sunday throughout the year and casual sailing on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Juniors are well catered for with great coaching and a range of sailing craft for all abilities.

If kayaking or canoeing ‘floats your boat’ then over in Marlow you can join the Longridge Canoe Club on the River Thames or the Marlow Canoe Club where paddlers of all abilities are welcome.

If rowing takes your fancy then look no further than Dorney Lake near Windsor which is recognised as one of the finest world rowing and flat-water canoeing venues and hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If motorised water sports such as waterskiing and wakeboarding are more your thing there are also plenty of opportunities to get your adrenaline buzz. Taplow Lake offers wakeboarding, waterskiing, cable tow and banana boat rides! They do offer canoeing and stand-up-paddle boarding too for those wanting to just paddle and soak up the lake views. Two companies are resident here Wakeplus  and Engage Water Sport

The Denham Waterski Club near Gerrards Cross is also a popular spot for adrenaline enthusiasts. Situated on a sheltered 20 acre lake the club boasts a full size championship slalom course.  Activities here include waterskiing, wakeboarding and ringos!

If you are looking for further information on living near these water sports locations – we have a wide range of Living in guides here

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