Welcome to the Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

We are based in Mychett, Surrey with members from all across the south. We offer a whole range of kayak and canoe activities, including flatwater racing, training courses, and trips & expeditions. Find out more below…
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We’re based at the Basingstoke Canal Centre in Mytchett and love to get involved in all forms of paddling.
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Membership of the BCCC provides various benefits for both new and experienced paddlers – new members are always welcome.
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Take a look at the events happening this month, including trips, training courses, shindigs and more…
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One of the our main activities is marathon racing and we enter regional events (called Haslers) throughout Spring and Summer.
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All the latest updates on our upcoming trips, down rivers, across the sea and through the rapids.
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We offer a wide range of adult & children’s courses from our base in Mytchett. See our training page for details.
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Latest News


Friday 29th November 2019.

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BCCC 10th Charles Hicks Challenge

Sunday 3rd November 2019.

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BCCC 2019 Hasler Results

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BCCC 2019 Hasler Results

BCCC Matters!

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October November 2019 EditionAugust/September 2019 Edition |  July 2019 Edition June 2019 Edition

April 2019 EditionMarch 2019 Edition | February 2019 Edition

Winter Challenges and Races

Sunday 3rd November                  Charles Hicks Challenge GU16 6DD – 14-15 miles 10 portages (From 10:00 am)
Sunday 10th November                 Leighton Buzzard Remembrance Challenge – Milton Keynes MK14 5AX to Leighton Buzzard LU7 2AE 15 miles 4 portages (starts at 11:02am)
Sunday 24th November                  Ross Warland Memorial Challenge 20 miles 12 portages OX17 1PJ.(start times 9:30 novices, 10:00 Div 7-9 11:00 Div 1 -6 Finish at 2:30)

Wey Canoe Club Winter Hare and Hounds (10km) Dash Hounds (5km)

Watersides SeriesThe dates for the 2020 Waterside Series of races are:-

Race A 16 February 2020 Great Bedwyn to Newbury 13.5 miles 21 portages
Race B 1st March 2020 Newbury to Aldermaston & Back 17.5 miles 19 portages
Race C 15th March 2020 Pewsey to Newbury 23 miles 35 portages
Race D 29th March 2020 Devizes to Newbury 34 miles 35 portag

Thameside Series ( tbc) would normally be in between Watersides B, C and D.


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Featured Events

10th Charles Hicks Challenge @ Canal Centre
Nov 3 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
10th Charles Hicks Challenge @ Canal Centre

Take up your paddles…take up the challenge!

Put the date in your diary now! Back by popular demand – the same course this year.

Did you take the 9th Charles Hicks challenge? Whether you did or you didn’t, you need to take up the 10th challenge this time around!  Bring your friends and family too.  Lots of portaging.  Great early practice for the 2020 Devizes to Westminster race. Start and finish at the same place.  Really good paddlers food.

Please note that refunds will be available if the event is cancelled for any reason.

Course between 13 and 14 miles

Tons of portage practice

Open to canoes and kayaks, singles and doubles, juniors, seniors and veterans.

An experience very similar to the Kennet and Avon section of the Devises to Westminster race

See the draft route below.

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B3C Hasler
May 17 all-day

The B3C Hasler marks the start of the Southern Regional Hasler season after the winter break.


Upcoming Events

B3C Hare and Hounds @ Canal Centre, Mytchett
Oct 19 @ 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


2, 4 and 6 mile courses

Barle River – whitewater day trip @ River Barle
Oct 26 all-day

Our first planned grade 2 whitewater day trip down the Barle this season.  This is an ideal follow-on trip for paddlers after the Yat or Shepperton, for anyone wanting to refresh skills, blow the cobwebs away or enjoy a day on the river in fab scenery. Contact Paul Jeffs for more information.

Banbury Hasler
Oct 27 all-day
A typical canal race situated on the Oxford Canal that can be winding andshallow in parts. Suitable for all abilities and ages. Div 1-3. 14 portages. Div 4-6. 6 portages. Div 7-10. 2 portages. Lightnings. No portages. We advise suitable footwear when portaging. Divisions 7 / 8, 9 and 10 portage. Assistance can be offered at the portage for the U13’s. The paddler must hold the front of the boat and the paddle unless it is in the boat. The assister must not put the boat into the water or offer any assistance that will be deemed to be unfair. Note that the water under the motorway bridge 200 yards north of the 1st portage can get a little choppy. Please ensure the rules of the road are followed here. Lower division paddlers please note this. The start will be ½ mile north of the car park starting just past the Hennef Way Bridge and finish at the bridge here at race HQ. Please note that it is important that divisons 1-6 get on the water first. Divisions 7, 8 and 9 must wait until all the higher divisions are on the water to avoid congestion at the pre-starts. There will be pre-start marshals that bring each race up to the start. Please pay attention to their instructions. Please ensure that you are around the start area in good time as it can get congested. Divisions 1-3. Turn 40 yards north of Bridge 147. This has a nice wide turning area. 14 portages in total. Divisions 4-6. Turn just south of Cropedy village. There will be a Canadian canoe or similar marshalling here. Divisions 7-10. Turn just south of Bourton Lock. There will be a marshal on the bank and it is important that the nose of your boat goes past the marshal. Note that this is a very tight turn and our apologies for this. Start list to be given on the day with some divisions split between odds and evens. Directions to race. Follow signs to Castle Quay Shopping Centre car parks and then for Canoe Race. Note: We have exclusive use of the car park area where we hold the event. Please do not park in the Coach Park behind the Garden Centre or on the road as this will incur a parking fine. There is plenty of parking available in the other car parks if the event area is full. We will try to accommodate trailers in the event area and if necessary double park.

Take a look at our Club Calendar for more upcoming events

BCCC Mission Statement

The Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club is a family club offering a broad base of disciplines within canoeing and kayaking. The club encourages paddling for all ages and abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never paddled before – can I join the BCCC?

Absolutely! We welcome aspiring paddlers as well as seasoned pros. We run training courses throughout the year to help new paddlers get to a competent level, then after that the water’s the limit.
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I’m only interested in “x” type of paddling – can I join?

Of course! Our members’ interests range from racing to sea kayaking and touring, open canoe and whitewater paddling. We’re cetain that you’ll find some like-minded people to tackle the water with.

Do you rent out your boats?

Unfortuately we don’t provide a rental service, but our friends at the Basingstoke Canal Authority do. However, our members are entitled to use our boats once they fulfil some basic paddling requirements.
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Still have questions?

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