The Eight Mile
Charity Challenge

Saul Junction - Gloucester Dock

Let us paddle for better mental health and paddling activities on the water. 

The last few years have been extremely challenging, with many of us realising how fragile our mental health is. 

Many have found paddling as a way to escape the everyday and give their mental health the head space it needs. 

We are running this Charity event to raise money for two very important causes. 

We are proud to support the following Charities:

Mind- Charity Number 219830

Canal & River Trust- Charity Number 1146792


Paddlers will be raising money by completing an eight mile paddle along the historic, Gloucester and Sharpness Canal from the stunning Saul Junction to finish within the heart of the beautiful Historic Gloucester Dock. 

This event welcomes all shapes and sizes of paddling craft from canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Beginners are welcome, but must have the ability to complete the full distance.



Fundraising Price


To help raise money for these two charities we have set an entry cost of £30. If you would like to donate more that this can be added to your entry if you wish.  

Part of the entry cost will contribute to the costs of running this event. A breakdown of funds raised will be sent to all attendees after the event. 

Pre Requisites


All paddlers must be fit enough to paddle eight miles within 4 hours 
Under 18’s need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian (please contact us before booking an under 18)

All participants must wear a personal flotation device.

All participants must have a valid waterways licence, unless hiring a kayak or paddle board from Discover Paddling (licence included).

What's included?

Food and Drink at the National Waterways Museum to all finishers. 

Personal Health and wellbeing

That feel good feeling of raising money for great charities.

Kayaks and paddleboards are available to hire for £15 each.


What to bring?

Paddling kit to wear on the water.

Suitable footwear for the water.

Dry clothing for after your paddle.

Drinking water.

Snacks for paddling

Portable hand sanitiser

Mobile phone and waterproof pouch

Valid Waterways licence.


What's not included?


Transportation to and from the start/finish.