The Devizes to Westminster
International Canoe Race

125 miles, 77 portages
10-13th April 2020

About The Event

About The Event

The DW starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing at Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Taking place over the Easter Weekend, it's a gruelling course, 125 miles long including 77 portages.


Devizes, Wiltshire
United Kingdom


Easter Friday to Monday
10-13th April 2020

Latest news

Ahead of Easter Weekend, the Directors of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race would like to remind all paddlers that no boats should be on the course this weekend.

In light of the government’s Stay at Home measures, and guidance issued by the Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust, Port of London Authority and British Canoeing, all paddlesport activity should have ceased on rivers, canals and coastal areas until further notice. This is in line with government advice requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes, avoiding social gatherings and all non-essential travel.

The Directors and DW Organisation support and endorse this guidance, and will consider bans from future races for any identified paddlers, as failure to follow Government guidance will not reflect well on the race specifically or the broader paddling community.

Thank you for your support; we wish you and your families a safe and healthy Easter weekend.

Corona / Covid 19 Update:

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the DW Canoe Race, as a result of the escalating Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Please follow this link for a PDF statement from the Directors

Risk Assessment update:
Please follow this link for a PDF statement

Race Details

Race info

Live progress

Start lists, checkpoints and timing


Live Tracking

Follow the crews live online

Event Schedule

What to expect and when

National Schools Championships

Held at Marsport, Dreadnought Reach, Reading RG6 1PQ

Waterside A: Suggested warm up race

Great Bedwyn to Newbury

Thameside 1: Suggested warm up race

Aldermaston to Reading

Waterside B: Suggested warm up race

Newbury to Aldermaston and back

Thameside 2: Suggested warm up race

Reading to Marlow

Waterside C: Suggested warm up race

Pewsey to Newbury

Waterside D: Suggested warm up race

Devizes to Newbury


you have until midnight!

7am to 8am

Endeavour crew start (excluding fast crews)

8am to 9.30am

Junior doubles start

9.30am to 10.30am

Veteran Junior doubles start

Senior Singles start

Start times allocated according to previous day times - All crews

Start times allocated according to previous day times - All crews

Start times allocated according to previous day times - All crews

Start times between 7am to 8pm to hit the permitted tide window at Teddington