Boating

Rowing at Cliveden Reach on the River Thames.

Cliveden Reach is renowned as one of the prettiest spots on the Thames. Find out more here about how you can enjoy our new 2020 boating offer.

We are pleased to present ‘Boating at Cliveden’, offering a boating service for our visitors, from April until October. To reduce pollution, the fleet is fully-electric with skippered cruises and self-hire vessels including; electric motor boats, Canadian canoes, rowing boats and a pedal boat.  On behalf of the National Trust, Boating at Cliveden will also operate the Liddesdale, Nancy Astor’s recently-refurbished electric canoe.

Boating on the Thames was a late Victorian and Edwardian craze in most social classes. Sitting on one of the prettiest stretches of the river, Cliveden Reach had the heaviest traffic of any up-river lock, and on one single day in 1894, a record 129 launches and nearly 1000 smaller craft passed through it.

By 1939, the river-loving Astors owned a varied collection of river craft including skiffs, canoes, (both rowing and Canadian) punts, whiffs, a dinghy and an electric canoe. 

In 1908 the river was brought to life in Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.  A regular visitor to Cliveden, it is believed Grahame was inspired to write the book by spending time on Cliveden Reach.  Why not ‘mess about in boats’ like Ratty and Mole on your own boating adventure?

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Skippered cruises on the Frolic 31

A 45 minute trip takes you along the riverfront owned by Cliveden Estate.

Adults: £11.50 each
Children: £6.50 each

Please Note: Child prices applies to those up to the age of 17 on the day of your trip.

On weekends cruises run at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Weekdays are subject to demand, please check the website.

Our two-hour cruises run at selected times during the week and allow time to transit one of the locks on the river.

Adults: £19.50 each
Children: £11.00 each

Please Note: Child prices applies to those up to the age of 17 on the day of your trip.

Click here to read more about skippered cruises.

 

Self-hire electric motor boats

Available daily, £45 per boat, per hour, maximum 5 people

Click here to read more about self-hire electric motor boats

 

Self-hire rowing boats

Available daily £25 per boat, per hour, maximum 3 people

 

Self-hire Canadian canoes

Available daily £25 per hour, maximum 3 people

 

Self-hire pedal boat

Available daily £35 per boat, per hour, maximum 2 people

Click here to read more about unpowered boats.

For detailed information, and to book your boating trip at Cliveden via the Boating at Cliveden website, please click here: Boating at Cliveden

Getting to the river

By walking

Pick up a map upon your arrival and head to Yew Tree Steps to head down to the river.  Alternatively, for a step-free route, please use Spring Drive.

By boat

Mooring spaces are available downstream from Spring Cottage and also on two of our four islands. 

To help us look after Cliveden and its riverfront, mooring fees do apply. Our River Custodians will be on hand to welcome you, collect the fee and answer any questions.

A river custodian will collect your mooring fee and give you some helpful local knowledge about Cliveden's river
Cliveden boating
A river custodian will collect your mooring fee and give you some helpful local knowledge about Cliveden's river

Fees are for 24 hour mooring and we’re happy to adjust them if you would like to stay for a shorter amount of time. 

For the moment we take payment by cash only. This can be paid on the day of arrival to one of our River Custodians or at our properties Information Kiosk. 

Please note our River by-laws:
-    No fires at any time, or in any place.
-    No bikes are permitted
-    Music is to be kept low and with the consideration of others.
-    No collection of wood.
-    No visitors allowed in Cliveden’s grounds after estate closing time.

Disclaimer

All information correct as of 29 February 2020. On rare occasions, including in the event of inclement weather, there may be a change to the boating schedule at short notice. 

If you are making a special trip please telephone Cliveden in advance on 01628 605069 for the latest details.