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Longridge Activity Centre

I was very privileged to have recently been invited to visit Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow, which is set in a unique riverside location on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Longridge is a premier, year round river –side water sports and activity Centre for young people, individuals and families. Its prime function is to provide fully inclusive, affordable outdoor activities for all. It is truly a remarkable Centre!!

As well as 12 acres of beautiful water meadows it has its own island, “Taylor Island”, for the ultimate Swallows and Amazons experience. Taylor Island also gives you a sheltered backwater in which young people and families can experience the river with confidence.

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The longridge Centre nestles in a bend on the River Thames, a little downstream from the town of Marlow, leading to a strong tradition in water sports, and has produced many excellent oarsman and women, including Sir Steven Redgrave, who is arguably the finest Olympian of all time, winning Gold medals at 5 successive Olympic Games.

Longridge was established as a canoeing, rowing and sailing centre 50 years ago by the Scout Association and, following on from this sound ethical background, the Centre is now a registered charity, dedicated to helping young people from all walks of life and abilities to develop water skills as well as leadership, self-discipline, confidence and respect.

What does it offer

The Centre has that much to offer it is so difficult to know where to start. There are Field and Environmental Studies, Activity Courses, Leadership Training, Outdoor Experiences, Summer Camps, Family Activity Days and even Corporate Programmes. There is also a Youth Club for young people to make new friends and socialise. To see the Course programmes and activities please visit.

Boating fun at Longridge


The accommodation options include 350 camping spaces, 20 bunk house beds and 9 rooms with ensuite facilities. The accommodation is complemented with flexible catering options, allowing groups to self-cater or meals can be provided from the on-site café. There is also a range of well-equipped training and conference rooms.

The karting track at Longridge


With an excellent safety record, Longridge is recognised as being a leading training centre for young people and their leaders. They are LOTC (Learning Outside The Classroom) and AALA (Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority) accredited and in addition are approved by BCU (British Canoe Union), RYA (Royal Yachting Association), British Rowing and are a 2012 pre-games training centre as well as being recognised by Buckinghamshire County Council as an outdoor activity centre and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as an Operating Authority. All our instructors are fully trained to BCU, BR, RYA and AALA standards and all staff have undergone the statutory enhanced CRB checks to confirm their suitability of work with young people.

Longridge is full of fun, learning and character, a fatastic Centre well worth a visit!!!

For more information visit www.longridge-uk.org

Longridge, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1RE.
Registered Charity No. 1121239 Phone: 01628 483252 Email: bookings@longridge.org.uk