Paddle Fit

Fitness meets fun

Paddle sport is a great way to improve your fitness.

Canoeing and kayaking has a rare advantage over many other forms of workout as it provides a cardio exercise that focuses on the upper body. Making this sport a great alternative for injured runners and cyclists. It can also be a great way to build your torso without needing to lift weights at the gym.

Stand up paddle boarding can offer a fun and relaxing activity that almost anyone can do. People with all body shapes, sizes and ages can have a go as a fun fitness activity. It is also a low impact exercise that is a combination of balance, strength, and endurance which are exercised whether you are paddling or just balancing on your board.

Our top five health benefits to paddling

1. Whatever your pace, this sport provides a good aerobic workout;

2. Paddling can help to improve core strength and in turn, help balance and mobility;

3. A low impact sport reducing potential wear and tear on your joints;

4. As an outdoor activity and in our tranquil settings, can be a mood booster;

5. For everyone! Bring along your friends. Bring along your family. This really is an inclusive, fun and exhilarating activity.

Feeling inspired? There is a huge amount of national paddle challenges happening across the country and here are just a few:

A provisional date Sunday for 19th April. Aimed at a wide range of stand-up paddle boarders, the 14km course (from the bustling town of Dartmouth, home of the Britannia Royal Naval College down the river to Totnes) can be challenging with chop and wind and should be completed within three hours. ​

31st July to 1st August. Two days of paddling, music and food. This is a team event, paddling across three counties (from the first stroke on day one in Staffordshire to the last gasp as you cross the finish line at Nottingham on day two) with 100km of fast water whilst trying to make it to the finish line in a time to be proud of​

Regatta London have a provisional date Sunday 20 September. For one amazing day, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding will take over the River Thames. This pioneering event will fundraise for great causes, connect sport with the environment and inspire people to take up paddle sports, all thanks to the routine planned closure of the Thames Barrier.

In October 2020 we plan to host our inaugural Challenge Paddle event which will take you along the full 26 miles of the River Stour from Sudbury to Cattawade, forming the Essex/Suffolk boarder as she flows out to the sea.

Good Luck

Each of these events, including our Challenge Paddle, can be strenuous and demanding. Spare no effort in training. It is also important to know your kit and are fit and able to carry it up, out and around obstacles effectively.

In building up to such marathon events or, used simply as an alternative workout routine, we offer season passes within our Paddle Fit hire, together with the wide range of self-guided adventure paddles, we have all the kit and the opportunity you may need to have a go, train and have fun within an ever-changing backdrop of the beautiful River Stour.

Stour Valley Adventure Centre operate both guided and self-guided (hire only) trips on the river Stour from our riverside storage at Sudbury (Suffolk). Canoe / Kayak / Paddleboard trip options range from hourly 'have a go' and half day 'Paddle'n'Pub' to one-way and multi-day canoe camping adventures. Group Walks, Multi-family Camping, Wild Swimming and Cycle Hire are also available.

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