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The tidal Thames is the heart of British RowingThe tidal Thames is very much the heart of British Rowing for both traditional and fine boat rowers and is home to such events as the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race and Great River Race as well as numerous other races some of which are the largest of their kind in the world.

Rowing safely on the tideway demands a sound knowledge of the effects of the tidal stream, including the resultant currents and variable depths which may be unfamiliar even to extremely competent rowers who have not previously visited.

Rowing is most popular above Putney, although there are a number of rowing clubs in the lower river. Due to the large numbers of rowers in this area and the interaction of rowing with other recreational users, above Putney there are special rules in place to make rowing safe.

Throughout the river traditional fixed seat rowing is also popular with the more traditional designs of their boat capable of dealing with the rougher conditions to be found in central London and further downstream.

The guidance on this page covers the entire river, for local information please get in touch using the contact details below.

Incidents involving rowing craft

Please click here for advice about reporting incidents.


Guidance Documents

Rowing On The Tideway

Rowing Chart: Upper Area

Rowing Code: Upper Area Pocket Guide

Rowing Chart: Lower Area

Rowing Chart: Central Area

Rowing Code: Lower Area Pocket Guide


Recreational Users' Guide

Teddington to Broadness 

Broadness to Sea Reach




Vulnerable River Users Campaign





Richmond Lock & Weir



Thames Byelaws 2012




British Rowing

Thames Regional Rowing Council

British Rowing: Region - Thames

Thames Traditional Rowing Association

Thames Alive

On The Water



Estuary to Crossness
Deputy Harbour Master (Lower)
Crossness to Teddington
Darren Knight
Assistant Harbour Master Recreational
0207 743 7909
PLA, London River House, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BG Tel. +44(0)1474 562200
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