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Cardington Slalom Course


Chair: Shaun Bower

Grid Reference TL076487

Nearby Postcode MK44 3JZ


Website: www.cardingtonwhitewater.co.uk
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CardingtonSlalomCourse

Team race on the course - picture © Richard BurgessThe UKís first artificial course and still probably the most beginner friendly, located in Bedfordís Priory Country Park, 2.5km downstream from Bedford town centre. It has a dual function, acting as both a river flood control and a slalom course.

It's a long concrete channel, in which fibreglass boulders are fixed and can be moved to make different river patterns. It offers safe moving water for paddlers at any level, and it's a good choice for newly promoted paddlers. It seems to give an advantage to smaller competitors!

The maximum drop is 1.7 meters, but itís enough for a good white water training facility and you can warm up on the main river. The course is suitable for up to Division 2 Slaloms, and also for recreation groups to hire* and have complete control of the layout and water levels.

Helen Reeves, Olympic Bronze Medallist, on the course - picture © Chris LowndesPriory Country Park is a beautiful location teeming with wild life - deer, otters, foxes and many different bird species. Camping and caravanning are available on site, and there is drinking water and an Elsan disposal point in the car park. Flush toilets (not very reliable) are available in the car parks, and arrangements can be made to hire portable toilets.

If you wish you can tour on the river Great Ouse, one of the cleanest low level rivers in the UK, through the Bedfordshire countryside.

For bookings and enquires please contact Graham Missing, phone 01908 611187, mobile 07402 390738

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B: Slightly moving water, giving some eddy-lines, but not enough to worry paddlers; and with at the most one small drop which paddlers simply have to run down.

Even courses that are usually easy can become dangerous in exceptional high water conditions. If in doubt, seek advice or stay off the water.

POSTCODES: Bits of river don't really have postcodes: we show the one for the nearest address we can trace. Putting these into your satnav should get you somewhere near the site, but you might find yourself Ĺ km away, and even on the wrong side of the river. If you can offer a better postcode for any of the courses, email it to .

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