Upcoming Trips


Nomad Kayak club runs a trip away usually on the second Sunday or weekend of every month for Nomad members to enjoy paddling on different waters and develop their skills. The trips are free to club members with their own equipment and are led by coaches and experienced paddlers, who specify the skill level needed. A minimum standard of the British Canoeing Paddle Discovery award is needed to start participating in club trips. If you’re not yet a Nomad member, please first take the appropriate route to joining the club according to your experience then, if you don’t already have the Paddle Discovery award, sign up and take the Nomad Paddle Discovery Course.

Trips are coordinated by trips officer Matt Greenshields but for questions about individual trips please contact the trip leader, whose email address is given on the sign up page. A big thank you to all trip leaders for giving your time for free for the benefit of club members.

Club boats and equipment can be borrowed for club trips at a cost of £5 per day from the equipment officer. The club doesn’t provide transport for our trips, so if you need a club boat please arrange to pick it up yourself from the club during the previous recreation session (Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings) and return it the following one. If you have a hatchback or estate car you may find a kayak will fit inside, else a roof rack will be needed. If you don’t have a car, others going on the trip may be able to transport your boat and give you a lift. The trip leader may be able to help you arrange this.

Nomads aim to make our trips as accessible as possible to all members subject to paddling safely, so if you’re in doubt whether your paddling ability is sufficient for a particular trip please do contact the trip leader who will advise you.

Sunday 8th August – River Cherwell at Oxford – Sign up

Simon will lead this trip on the beautiful Cherwell through the tourist centre of Oxford and out into the countryside. Suitable as a first club trip if you’ve had your paddling checked out at a club session. PLEASE NOTE: this trip starts at 9am due to difficulties parking any later.

September 10th to 12th – Symonds Yat camping weekendSign up

Matt and others will lead this popular weekend to the beautiful river Wye at Symonds Yat. We’ll likely take a river trip on the Saturday morning followed by a play on the excellent Symonds Yat training rapids at the end of the day, depending on energy levels, with more play on the rapid or possibly a shorter river trip on the Sunday morning. This trip is ideal for developing your moving water abilities on a beginner friendly rapid. We’ll be staying at the River Wye Campsite at Symond’s Yat West or any other lodging of your preference of which there are many in the area.

October – Surf trip to Croyde Bay

Cancelled: This is now running as a private trip.

November 14th – River IvelSign up

Ian Walker will lead this popular trip to the Ivel in Bedfordshire. Suitable for all who’ve been on a club trip before and wish to try slightly faster moving water.

January 7th to 9th – Middle WyeSign up

Matt will lead this much loved Nomad winter trip on the river Wye in mid Wales through majestic scenery with some sections of grade 2 and 3 rapids. An ideal introduction to longer semi-white water day touring trips or a follow on from the Symond’s Yat rapids.