Welcome to Baldock and District Canoe Club! (BDCC)


We are an adult canoe club, who enjoy everything from gentle afternoon paddles through slalom to white water - and have our own canoe polo team. We mostly paddle kayaks, but also enjoy open Canadian canoes.



We run pool sessions, year round, every Sunday at 8:15pm at North Herts Leisure Centre, Baldock Road, Letchworth - the pool is heated. A selection of kayaks and paddles is available at every session.

Every 4th Sunday we run a polo session in which our polo team practices and gives informal guidance to one another. (This session is still open to other paddlers)

Club members organise a variety of trips throughout the year, with at least one trip a month. This normally includes a coaching trip to North Wales, and trips to Dartmoor, Yorkshire, South Wales, Lake District and local quieter rivers.

Members may borrow club boats and other equipment from our boat shed, at no cost, on short-term loans.

We run events of all sorts throughout the year from barbecues, quiz nights, ten pin bowling to meet-ups at the orange tree and garden city brewery.

Interested? The contact form is at the bottom of this page.

New Members


We welcome new experienced adult members. Either demonstrate competence with a British Canoeing award issued within the last 5 years, or contact us to undergo a safety assessment. Find the Skills Requirement here.

All members are expected to contribute to making the club a success.



We are currently running beginner courses, if you are interest feel free to contact us but be aware we do have a long waiting list.



We do not have a Junior section, but club members are welcome to bring along and supervise their own children. 



Pool session cost:

£8 per adult member

£5 per student/unwaged member

Membership cost:

£75 - adult

£40 - student/unwaged

£115 - Single Parent Family

£150 - Two Parent Family 



Would you like to try it out before deciding?

Come along and meet us at the next Sunday pool session and have a paddle. As a non-member the charge will be £16 per adult, or £10 per junior, with a maximum of 4 visits at this price.

Please contact us beforehand so we can ensure there is someone to welcome you.

The contact form is at the bottom of this page.


Our home base is surrounded, at some distance, by quiet gentle rivers with a few weirs to play on.

  • Ivel Navigation. Get on at Jordan's Mill and paddle upstream until the lock, do not attempt to go down any of the disused locks, then return to start. Very gentle and quiet.
  • Hertford Loop. Get on near Sainsbury's, then down the Lee through a two-step weir, a great place for practising skills designed with input from Herts Canoe Club. Go up the canal to return to start. Optionally go up to Castle Weir and enjoy the tunnel.
  • River Ivel. The get on point is now more difficult to access. This route has some weirs but is mostly rather easy.

Previous trips

Consent form


We aim to have at least one trip out on the water, and one social event each month. You can see our calendar by following the link below.


Club Policies


We take your, and our, safety very seriously. Canoeing is a sport with inherent risks which you need to acknowledge, understand and mitigate through effective learning. You will need to adhere to our Club Policies whether a member or not if involved with BDCC in any way.

Our Committee

The committee is elected every year at the AGM

Contact Us


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