Viking Kayak Club is very conveniently located in the centre of Bedford. We are on Heron Quay, off Commercial Road and we share our clubhouse with Star Rowing Club.
Poynters Boathouse, Batts Ford
If you are travelling from the M1
Take J13 and head for Bedford on the A421, at the roundabout by the ASDA Centre head for Kempston and the Bedford Hospital. Pass the hospital on your right and go straight over the lights, straight over the bridge and turn left onto Prebend st (toward the railway station) and over County Bridge. As soon as you cross the river look for a no right turn into Commercial road - go to the next roundabout and come back and turn left into Commercial Road. Just before the kids' playground is a right turn into Heron Quay and follow it to round to the left to get to the clubhouse.
From anywhere else
Head for Bedford High St then St. Paul’s Square, bear left around St. Paul’s and into Horne Lane. Look out on your immediate left for the new Riverside North development.Go straight over at the roundabout into Commercial Road. Just after the kids' playground is a left turn into Heron Quay and follow it to round to the left to get to the clubhouse.
To use the car park a valid sticker needs to be shown in the vehicle. Stickers can be obtained from the Membership Secretary for £5. They are valid for the calendar year & are available from November.
There is an agreement between Viking and Star about the car park. Viking's Wednesday club night and Star's Thursday club night are protected and members will be asked to respect car parking priorities of members of the other club on respective nights between 6-10.30pm. Please return their courtesy by not parking in the clubhouse car park on Thursday evenings. Use the public car parks.
There is now 2 hours free parking in all Bedford town car parks on a Saturday. Ensure you get a ticket from the machine in these car parks.
The council have agreed that Viking & Star Club members can park in the Prebend Street car park (car park information) at no charge after 6pm on weekdays & at all times at weekends.
You must display a valid VKC car park sticker or you will be fined. It's a pay & display car park; other people pay per visit.
There is a height barrier at the entrance so watch out when you have boats on the roof. You can walk under the road bridge & launch onto the river from the bank opposite the clubhouse.