Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake

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Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake
Coordinates51°27′46″N 0°56′31″W / 51.46290°N 0.94194°W / 51.46290; -0.94194Coordinates: 51°27′46″N 0°56′31″W / 51.46290°N 0.94194°W / 51.46290; -0.94194
Typeartificial lake, rowing lake
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom

The Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake is a rowing lake in the United Kingdom, named after the Olympic rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. The lake and its boathouse are specifically designed for training use, and will provide training, medical, and scientific facities for the GB rowing squad, and for Oxford University in preparation for the Boat Race. The lake is also available for crews from University College, Oxford to use, as well as rowing crews from Oxford Brookes University.

The lake is situated in the South Oxfordshire parish of Eye & Dunsden between the Reading suburb of Caversham and the village of Sonning Eye. It was created by the selective dredging and reclamation of part of the Caversham Lakes, a string of lakes that adjoin the River Thames and which were originally created as a result of gravel extraction by Sonning Works. The project to create the facility was the work of David Sherriff sponsored by a partnership of the Caversham Lakes Trust, Sport England, the Amateur Rowing Association and the Thames and Kennet Marina. The budget was £13 million with a private 10% contribution from David Sherriff, who also donated the land for the project. The lake was officially opened in April 2006 by the two men after which it is named.[1]

Berry Brook starts close to the Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake, running northeast through the Thames floodplain, before joining the river at Hallsmead Ait.


  1. ^ "Rowing gets a boost as the £13m Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake officially opens". Sport England. 29 April 2006. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007.

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