A guided day of canoeing on one of Britain’s most loved rivers, the Thames

The trip can be customised to suit your needs

Skills training, team games and group challenges are provided by our friendly instructors

Great for building communication and social connections

Getting the best out of your team can be a challenge however here at Fitways we believe that one of the most effective methods is to get everyone on a level playing field and a river can do just that! Our corporate canoe events are can be customised to suit your needs with additional options of conference room hire, overnight accommodation, flexible transport, guest speakers and catering. Choose from our list of options and receive a guided day of canoeing on one of Britain’s most loved rivers, the Thames. Starting from either Pangbourne or Goring depending on your choice, where your canoes will be waiting for you, your team will be coached by qualified Fitways canoe instructors and guided on their journey. Receiving specific training including paddle strokes, steering techniques, and tandem canoeing skills, paddling teams will fine tune their communication, build social connections and create lasting memories whilst also having a great time.

Need to know


We have different options for our Canoe Challenge event, including a one and two day option. Take a look at our price chart below for more details.

We cater for groups of 8 to 36 people.

Anyone can participate in the Canoe Challenge. Coordination, balance and technique are required more than strength to paddle manageable distances of either 7km or 19km. Our focus is on team development and staff enjoyment rather than endurance and physical strength. With skills training, team games and group challenges provided along the way by our friendly instructors, your team will finish the day feeling a sense of achievement rather than exhaustion.

The 2 day Canoe Challenge is more challenging with distances of 20km (Day 1) and 27km (Day 2), but still achievable without a high level of fitness.

We have created what we believe to be a unique team building event combining a staff away day, social event and training day. A fully customisable team event with options of overnight hotel accommodation the night before, presentation room, catering, transport options, inspirational talks and of course all canoe and safety equipment hire with fully qualified Fitways instructor team.

Upon your return to Pangbourne you will have full use of the meeting rooms and facilities with catering options to finish your day, be it a team meeting, a presentation or simply a group chat after the paddle just let us know what you require.

If you wish to leave your team truly inspired, speak to us about including an inspirational talk from our Fitways Founder and Seven Summiteer Nick Hollis. With exciting and thought provoking talks on managing international teams, expedition team building and of course summiting the highest mountain on each continent including a brutally tough ascent of Everest.

For every 6 participants we have 1 staff member.

What's included


  • Company Briefing
  • Canoes (2 members per Canoe)
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Paddles
  • Instructors (high ratios in own boats) – Qualified in Emergency First Aid
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping Equipment (Tents, stoves etc)
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Camping Fees
  • Canoes being dropped off at start and collected at end of challenge
  • Packed lunch
  • River licence
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Support vehicle throughout the challenge (with driver)

Not included

  • Sleeping bag (You’ll need to bring for 2 day camping trip only)
  • Thermarest (You’ll need to bring for 2 day camping trip only)
  • Breakfast on 1 day events – This can be arranged
  • Dinner on 1 day events – this can be arranged
  • Transport back to vehicles at the end of the challenge

Optional extras

  • Pre-pitched tents for 2 day challege
  • BBQ at end of challenge
  • Motivational speaker
  • Breakfast on day 1 of Event
  • Transport back to vehicles at the end of the challenge

Pricing


1-day Conference and Canoe

Conference room hire in the morning, Canoeing in afternoon, starting at either Pangbourne (7km) or Goring (19km) finishing at Thames Canoe Hire Reading. Additional options: Speaker in morning or evening, catering.


£2,250

12 Person Package

£3,600

24 Person Package

£4,750

36 Person Package


1-day Canoe Challenge

Start at a location to suit you depending on desired distance, finishing at Thames Canoe Hire. Parking available at finish location with transport provided to start. Additional options include overnight hotel accommodation arrangements, BBQ catering at finish location, guest speaker at Hotel. Also possible option of safety boat if desired.


£2,100

12 Person Package

£3,600

24 Person Package

£4,850

36 Person Package


2-day Canoe Challenge

Starting at Abingdon, paddling to Wallingford (21km) with overnight camping in self pitched tents. Second day paddling from Wallingford to Thames Canoe Hire Reading (22km) to finish. Additional options include guest speaker, pre-pitched tents, buffet dinner in Wallingford. Early finish with transport back to Thames Canoe Hire Reading if desired.


£4,800

12 Person Package

£9,000

24 Person Package

£12,500

36 Person Package



If you have any special requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be delighted to discuss the best option for you.

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