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Can non rowers row the Thames?


Posted on 27th September 2018

Competitive rowing is definitely hard work, but rowing touring (also recreational rowing or explore rowing) requires pretty much the same level of effort as walking at a decent pace.

That’s not to say that if you can cheerfully walk for 6 hrs a day you can row for 6 hrs a day. While experienced rowing tourists feel equally at home rowing as walking, beginners will find it harder work as it uses unfamiliar parts of the body and brain.

But why not take it easy! even if take plenty of rests you can comfortably cover surprisingly long distances. If you are moderately fit and determined; rowing from Lechlade to Oxford for example (30 Miles) can be easily achieved in 3 days.

Our skiffs allow for two people rowing (or rather sculling) and a person steering (the Cox) so if you take it in turns someone can take a break from rowing. Our skiffs do not have sliding seats, so they are easy for non rowers to use.

If you’re not sure you can always try one a few hours to row around Oxford to see what it’s like!




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