This canal is enshrined in folklore for all sorts of reasons. Hundreds of live aboard boats for one. The Wiltshire countryside with its crop circles and witches. The sheer size of the Caen flight of locks and stunning city of Bath 100 locks later. None of these were a problem and we thoroughly enjoyed this … Continue reading Beautiful Kennet and Avon
The first place of interest on the Kennet and Avon is Reading and the river Kennet goes right through the middle. The Oracle is a modern shopping centre and eating venue. We had to press traffic lights (a first on the boat) before entering through a very low bridge with an awkward curve and wow … Continue reading Reading Oracle surprise
We arrived in Henley-on-Thames the day after the Royal Regatta and the start of Henley Festival week. We expected to sail straight through as most moorings are reserved but at 1.30 pm we actually found the perfect mooring at Mills Meadow Park. So here we are nestled between the the gin palaces. There is a … Continue reading Found a mooring in Henley-on-Thames in Festival Week
A short uphill walk from Cookham on the river Thames and we are looking around probably the best positioned house in the country - Cliveden. It has vast views into the distance with the river Thames meandering through the scenery. The gardens, lawns and borders are clipped and manicured into great effect. I particularly loved … Continue reading Cliveden estate, and celebrating 100 years since Nancy Astor became an MP
Our journey today was from Runnymede to Windsor. This is a lovely stretch of river and as you pass under the Albert bridge you enter Windsor great park on your left until you reach Victoria bridge. This section between the bridges is beautiful and has well manicured grounds. Victoria bridge was damaged with the weight … Continue reading Arriving at Windsor
The river Wey navigations were left to the national trust in 1969 by the last commercial carrier William Stevens and sons. It was just about profitable at the time but the owner knew it wouldn’t survive. What a legacy. The river first started being navigable in 1653. Originally only from Guildford. The signs say “it … Continue reading The stunning river Wey
After a few days with mixed weather, today is lovely. Along this stretch of river were some wonderful house boats. The Collins river guide say there are moorings before the next lock. We couldn’t see any. As we entered the lock I ask the lock keeper. “Oh, go to the right and they are on … Continue reading Hampton to Sunbury
We are moored next door to the Hampton Court palace and this is the view from our kitchen window. Superb moorings with the first night free and the second at only £8. What a bargain. We enjoyed a long walk around the palace gardens on Sunday afternoon and the local bars and facilities were great.
Yesterday we fulfilled a lifetime ambition. We ventured on to the tidal Thames from Limehouse Marina in the East End to Teddington to the west of London. This involved cruising on the very busy and very choppy river right through the centre of London passing the Tower, Tower Bridge, The Shard, St.Pauls, Westminster, London Eye, … Continue reading A Once in a Lifetime Experience
Having a wonderful time on the beautiful Thames. The locals are very friendly.