Thrill seekers rejoice. White water rafting is set to return at Lee Valley.

The Olympic venue, which closed at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, begins a phased reopening from today (August 5).

Customers can book canoeing, kayaking, family rafting, the Water Wipeout inflatable obstacle course, Hot Dogs (two-person inflatable rafts), hydrospeeding, and Stand up Paddleboarding online now:

White water rafting will resume on the Olympic Standard Competition Course from September 2.

Jon Lea, Lee Valley White Water Centre manager, said: “It’s been torture for us not being able to open the doors to the best white water centre in the world. We are all passionate about the activities we provide at the centre and love our customers – from people paddling on the lake for the first time, to those hurling themselves down the Olympic Standard Competition Course – we know this is a special place.

“We’ve examined every single part of how we work here and made lots of changes. Everything needs to be prebooked, the access points to certain areas have changed and activity capacities have reduced to help with social distancing.

“Whether you’re just popping into the café for a hot drink, taking your dog for a walk or participating in one of our many activities, safety is our top priority for all of our visitors.

“We’re sure our visitors will adapt to all the changes we have made, as everyone has been doing with many other aspects of our lives during this difficult time.

“I’m proud to say that what hasn’t changed is our determination to make sure you have the best possible time here and look forward to seeing the centre filled with visitors again.”

The Lee Valley White Water Centre is just north of the M25 in Station Road, Waltham Cross.