Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

COVID 19 Policy

13th May 2020

Following the government’s recent announcement, which permits canoeing as an exercise, we would like to ensure the safe access to all users of the river and footpath at Stone. 

As per the latest British Canoeing guidelines please only paddle in family groups, or with one friend keeping the safe 2m distance apart. 

We would ask all users to respect each other’s distances. To help this we propose to split the river into three “Zones”. 

  • Top Section from road bridge to steps half-way down. 
  • Middle Section, steps to bend.
  • Bottom Section, from bend down. 

In the event it is busy, we would ask you to wait until the river becomes free.  If people are waiting, please limit your time on the water to 45min. We hope this will allow everyone fair and safe access the water. 

Parents or family. Please allow walkers using the footpath 2m space to pass you. Please do not block the footpath. 

If you decide to paddle at Stone, you should be aware that it is fully at your own risk. The club does not take any responsibility. You will need to be happy that in the event of an emergency you are capable of managing it by yourself. Parents and paddlers will need to consider what will happen in the event of a capsize. Over and above a family member being able to help, paddlers should be able to self-rescue. Please note that the slalom poles and entry/egress present a risk of contamination. Please make sure you have hand cleaning products to use after using the site and contacting the water to reduce the risk of Covid-19 and water borne illness.

Stafford & Stone Canoe Club is currently closed and are not running club sessions. These guidelines have been put in place to encourage safe paddling for our members and for all other users of the river who might travel here to paddle. 

Welcome to Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

We are a friendly, volunteer led club for competitive canoe slalom. The club has been getting local children and adults on the water since 1973, taking them from absolute beginner to Olympic Gold Medalist and every stage in between.
Since the club started we have been producing some of the sport’s top canoe slalom paddlers who have represented Stafford and Stone across the UK and the World, gaining the club a reputation for excellence. This has allowed us to build our fantastic facility on the banks of the River Trent and build a passionate and dedicated team of volunteer coaches and helpers.

2020 Taster Days

It is with great regret that with the current COVID 19 Crisis we have had to take the decision to postpone this years taster sessions. The club is effectively closed and we are not paddling at this time. We would ask you to still register your interest and we will email you when we have set a new date.



Current River Level

This is the live river level from the Darlaston Gauge, just up the river. For more information on the river please click below.

From Stone to London 2012

Lizzie Neave is one of the clubs Olympians. She started her paddling journey at Stone and went on to compete on the worlds biggest stage at the London Olympics in 2012.

“I remember my time at Stafford and Stone fondly, as a place with fantastic opportunities to get involved in paddling and competing, and in making friends and having fun as a part of a lively, successful and supportive club.” Lizzie Neave