Welcome to my blog, where I share all the stories from my L2L expedition as I row, cycle and kayak a continuous loop of the planet. I hope you'll enjoy experiencing the highs (and lows!) of my journey so far and the adventures ahead on my way back to Tower Bridge. You can also have a listen to my Phonecasts recorded en route.

BT Sport Action Woman 2015

Hello and ahoy -

Life is calming down steadily after the adrenaline of Tower Bridge day over a week ago and the following media run. I am catching up on sleep and enjoying the calm and headspace of being home, spending time with friends and family.

Physically my recovery and transition is a mix of physio, sports massage, and mostly gentle exercise, in a bid to turn unhappy muscles and posture back to a happier normal.

Soon I will start work on my new book – Dare to Do – due to be published in May. Apart from a couple of already-committed events, I shall not be doing any speaking for some time as I focus on writing.

In other news, I am chuffed to have been shortlisted in the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year awards, alongside 9 other women or women’s teams. The Awards evening is December 1st and public voting is open until 23rd November. Rather short sightedly, voting is only open via Twitter – so only Twitter account holders can vote. But still, if you fancy voting for any of the nominees you can do so via the BT Sport Action Woman site here.  Even if you cannot vote, the stories of each nominee are pretty inspiring, so worth a watch.

For now, go well and thanks for all your support in these final weeks.

Sarah and Team L2L x

P.S Tickets still available for the TransGlobe Expedition Trust event at the RGS in London on 26th November. Tickets here.

P.P.S Great to see the charity totals still rising steadily. Donations gratefully accepted here.

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EVENT: On the Edge, 26th Nov, London

091115 TGET FlyerCome and hear Sarah talk on her L2L adventures alongside other inspirational and entertaining folks: Jonathan Porritt, Brian Blessed and Ben and Natalia Weber. It forms an the annual (and blimmin’ marvellous) TransGlobe Expedition Trust fundraising event at the RGS on Thursday 26th November.

Event information here and ticket sales here.

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Tower Bridge


"Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?'

“Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?’

The grin says it all – a magic day at the end of London2London:Via the World. Tears, smiles, hugs, fizz and lots of warmth.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

More to follow, but for now, bed after a super happy day.

Team L2L


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London calling

DCIM100GOPROG0020466.I have written the first sentence of this blog a few times, hitting delete again and again. I just don’t quite know what to say about how I feel right now. Except to say that I am calm, excited and emotional ahead of tomorrow’s finish under Tower Bridge, some twenty miles or so downstream. Tears are washing down my face as I write, one of my favourite journey tunes (Rise by Eddie Vedder) playing in my ears as a parade of memories surges inside and around me. What a journey. Thank you all for coming along with me and helping make it happen – be it on the ground, virtually or through supporting the expedition charities.

We boat in less than 12 hours and expect to be under Tower Bridge at midday, accompanied by a flotilla of kayaks from London clubs and paddlers from my original club back home, Rutland Canoe Club.

I cannot wait – it is going to be such a special day, rounding off such a special and crazy few years of my life. And yet, there is a twinge of sadness that it is over, that my trusty steeds will be resting quietly awhile.

So many people have worked hard to help make this journey a reality – be it throughout the miles or at different times. I am grateful to you all and would not have made it to Tower Bridge in the first place – or to this point of being almost there – without that support.

With warmth, a grateful heart and a teary grin I am now going to head to bed for some sleep.

I have had a magic couple of weeks on the home run and am excited for a final blast through London tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow! How crazy is that?

The YB Tracker will be updating every few minutes, so hopefully even those of you unable to join us can watch that little mini Sarah inching closer to Tower Bridge.

Until tomorrow,

Sarah, Krissy, Nelson, Hercules and, in their absence, Happy Socks and Gulliver x

P.S Let’s flood the charity site with pennies! You can do so here.

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Come and join  or cheer on the final miles to Tower Bridge

About this time tomorrow morning I shall be afloat  in a rowing boat (!) with a crew or two from my Oxford College – St Hugh’s, for a quick lap of the river before I get into one of my sparkly boats (the lovely Krissy or Nelson) to start heading downstream towards Tower Bridge over the next few days.

Below is the schedule and rough ETAs into some of the places en route. Check Twitter for live updates (@SarahOuten) or follow leads from front page of this site. Keep an eye on the  YB tracker updates on the funky ZeroSixZero map here to follow progress in real time and if you want to work out where to come and meet/cheer/paddle or ride with us.





KAYAK LEG: Oxford to Tower Bridge along the River Thames

30th October to 3rd November – Keep checking  for real-time updates on Twitter and YB tracking map. Times are estimates and may change.

Come and cheer Sarah en route to Tower Bridge or, if you have a kayak and are self sufficient, join in for a stretch on the water, or a jog/cycle down the tow path.

Sarah will paddle at roughly 3 miles per hour on the river above Teddington, with quick stops en route

All paddlers must have appropriate Waterways licence/insurance and we take no responsibility for anyone’s safety outside of Team L2L.

Day 1: Friday 30th October

Godstow/Oxford to Crowmarsh Gifford: 27 miles


3/0930: Oxford College Boat Houses Stretch of the Isis (on Christ Church Meadow) (Pause for friends)

4/1030: Donnington Bridge/Falcon/CORC

8/ 1140: Lower Radley

11/1250: Abingdon

13.5/1350:   Culham

23/1745: Shillingford

26/ 1845: Crowmarsh Gifford / Bridge Villa Campsite – OX10 8HB – ETA 1900

Day 2: Saturday 31st October

* Crowmarsh Gifford – Hurley Riverside Park: 30 miles


2/0740: Northstoke

5/0850: Goring

9/1030: Pangbourne

14/1215: Tilehurst

15/1300-1330ish Reading

19/1530: Sonning

24/1750: Henley –on-Thames

27/1850: Hurley Riverside Park -SL6 5NE – ETA 1800

Day 3: Sunday 1st November

Hurley Riverside Park to Chertsey Camping and Caravan Club: 27 miles


0/0700: Hurley Riverside Park

2/0750: Marlow

9/1045: Maidenhead

16/1130: Windsor

27/ 1800: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park – KT16 8JX – Arrival ETA 1730 -1800

Day 4: Monday 2nd November

Cherssey to Hampton Wick/RCC: 12 miles


0/0900: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park

5/1040: Sunbury Lock

8/1200: Molesley Lock

9/1230: Thames Ditton

12/1400: Hampton Wick/ Royal Canoe Club – TW11 9QY

Day 5: Tuesday 3rd November

Hampton Wick/RCC to Tower Bridge: 18 miles

* THIS SECTION IS TIDAL, BUSY WITH TRAFFIC AND IT IS ONLY RECOMMENDED THAT COMPETENT PADDLERS JOIN AS FAR AS PUTNEY BRIDGE. From Putney to Tower Bridge, Sarah will be escorted by an organized group from various London kayak clubs, friends and her original club Rutland Canoe Club….and of course, her L2L paddling partner Justine Curgenven.

Further guidance from the Port of London Authority for paddling on
the tidal Thames, can be found at:

0700 LAUNCH: RCC Hampton Wick

0800 Kew Bridge

0915 Chiswick Bridge

0925 Barnes Railway Bridge

0950 Hammersmith Bridge

1015 Putney Bridge

1030 Wandsworth Bridge

1050 Albert Bridge

1100 Chelsea Bridge

1115 Vauxhall Bridge

1120 Lambeth Bridge

1125 Westminster Bridge

1130 Waterloo Bridge

1140 Millennium Bridge

1145 London Bridge

1200  Tower Bridge – FINISH!


Come and cheer Sarah on as she kayaks under Tower Bridge at midday on Tuesday 3rd  November, 4.5 years after she paddled under it for the first time at the start of the journey.

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