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

About the Club

We offer a relaxed, warm atmosphere with the ambition to achieve great things – promoting rowing in the local community and race results. We pride ourselves on having the equipment and club structure to be able to cater for rowers with different skill levels and ambition. Whatever your background get in touch!

If you are new to rowing, we recommend you complete a Learn to Row course run by British Rowing qualified coaches at the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC). You will pick up the basics of the sport quickly and be able to start rowing in racing boats with us.

In accordance with the direction of the sport’s governing body, British Rowing, we have suspended all activities to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We hope to be back in operation as soon as possible.


We row on a lake in the Colne Valley Regional Park, located between Denham and Harefield, a couple of miles from the M25 at J16. Changing rooms, toilets and car parking are all available at the site.

Senior Men's

We have a vibrant, active masters section competing round the year in both the regatta season and in head races over the winter.

Senior Women's

We are currently developing 2 Novice women’s squads, a quad and a double.

Juniors Rowing

Our junior section and squads are being set up to ensure everyone gets racing experience in, ready to hit the 2020 regattas with strong crews. If you’re new to rowing, we’ll refer you to HOAC to complete a Learn to Row course and attend progression club before joining HRC.

Explore Rowing and Improvers Squad

These squads are for those who prefer to row for social and general fitness and rowers will have the opportunity to compete in the Sunday Rowing League throughout the year.


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

We encourage our members to follow training programmes to help build fitness and core strength.


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 – arrange a session.

Santa Row at Goring Gap Boat Club

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Hillingdon Rowing Club at Henley!

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Enjoy the sun and get get fit with Hillingdon Rowing Club

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HRC gets a new coach

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HRC at the HoRR

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Reflections on HRC’s 2017 – 2018 Head Race Season

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Christmas Rowing at HRC

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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 […]


What to Expect

If you are new to the sport, 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.