Hillingdon Rowing Club

The only rowing club serving the
NW London / SW Herts / SE Bucks area

Interested in taking up, or coming back to rowing? Give it a go!
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About the Club

Whatever your skill level, background or age, we would love to meet you. We offer a relaxed, warm atmosphere but with the ambition to achieve great things, both promoting rowing in the local community and race results.

If you are completely new to the sport, we have an arrangement with the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC), where we row, to enable you to undertake a learn to row course under instruction from HOAC’s British Rowing qualified coaches. You will pick up the basics of the sport quickly and soon be able to start rowing in racing boats with us at the club.

To register your interest, if you are new to the sport, or coming back, take a look here and we will pass your details to the captains or HOAC accordingly.


Hillingdon Rowing Club rows on one of the lakes located in the Colne Valley Regional Park, located between Denham and Harefield, a couple of miles from the M25 at J16. There is approximately 750m open water available for training. Changing rooms, toilets and car parking are all available at the site.

Senior Men's

We have a vibrant, active masters section which saw many crews compete in the 2018 regatta season, and which will also be taking part in a head races over the winter. We are always on the look-out for rowers to join our squads so if you want to row for a local club or get back into racing please get in touch.

Senior Women's

We are currently developing 2 Novice women’s squads, a quad and a double. We are always on the look-out for more women rowers of all ages to get involved in our women’s rowing section.

Juniors Rowing

Our new Junior Captain, Alex, has taken over the junior section and squads are being set up to ensure everyone gets racing experience in over the 2016 winter head season, ready to hit the 2017 regattas with strong crews.

Now is the time to get involved, so do get in touch! If you are new to rowing, we will refer you to HOAC to complete a Learn to Row course and attend progression club before joining HRC.

Explore Rowing and Improvers Squad

We pride ourselves on having the equipment and club structure to be able to cater for rowers with different skill levels and ambition. For those who prefer to row for social and general fitness, we have Explore Rowing and Improver squads. Rowers in these squads are encouraged to take part in the Sunday Rowing League, where you can compete with others new to the sport throughout the year.

If you get a taste for it, we encourage you to move across to our Senior squads to start training regularly in fixed crews and attend regattas.


As with any club, we are always in need of coxes! If you’re a good motivator and want to see rowing from a different angle, get in touch.

Land Training

To help build fitness and core strength, we do land training as well as training on the lake. We train 8PM-9PM, Mondays and Wednesdays. These sessions include circuits and rowing machine (erg) sessions, with training plans suited to the time of year.

The facilities are located at Haydon School Gym. Directions.


Many of our crews have competed in both regattas and head races and we have had wins and crew members winning points. Look at our club calendar to find out more about what’s coming up. Browse our news archives to find out what we have been up to.

Club Governance

The club is run with members forming the management committee. Find out more about our constitution and the management committee.


Interested in trying Rowing for the first time? – give a learn to row course a go! Already a rower, wanting to join another club? We offer 3 sessions for free, before signing up. Just contact us to arrange a session.

HRC gets a new coach

This weekend I finally managed (by the skin of my teeth) completed my Level 2 Rowing Coach Qualification. The course […]

HRC at the HoRR

We ended our head race season in style with an eight in the Head of the River Race (HoRR), the […]

Reflections on HRC’s 2017 – 2018 Head Race Season

We took part in 7 head races in the 2017/18 season, in addition to the HoRR. These were: – three […]

Christmas Rowing at HRC

HOAC shuts down for two weeks over Christmas which we react to with ever increasing ingenuity to get some water […]

Hillingdon hosts a Skills Day for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League

On Sunday 19th November it was our turn to host an event for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League. We […]

HRC Wedding of the Year

Saturday 30th September 2017 saw the HRC wedding of the year when Tom Werner, our Secretary, married Laura Bowley, our […]

HRC Masters – Vets Head, British Masters and Henley Masters 2017

One of the club’s strongest sections is the Men’s Masters squad. This is for rowers over the age of 27, […]

We’re back from Wimbleball!

If some of we HRC rowers are looking a tad more tanned, bronzed and damn healthy than normal it’s because […]


What to Expect

If you are new to the sport (Junior or Adult) we work with HOAC to provide Learn to Row courses throughout the year. After this, you will be invited to 3 taster sessions at the club, before deciding whether to join.

If you are returning to the sport, we provide up to 3 complimentary sessions at the club, before deciding whether to join.

Register Interest

Whether you are new to the sport, or coming back, get in touch by clicking below. We will pass your details to HOAC or our captains accordingly.