We had only a few miles and locks to go today, to get ourselves to Teddington, so we didn't rush it at all. Alan and I took Charlie for a walk past the moored houseboats at Chertsey, and on a bit further, until we met a road. Charlie was keen to try out his new found swimming skills, walking into the Thames in several places, and doggie paddling about.
|Bikes out at Walton on Thames - Ready to shop.|
As we were being fairly lazy it was after 1 pm before we got going again, on through the final lock to Hampton Court, where we thought we might amble about in the garden for a while. We intended to moor on the visitors moorings outside, but all seemed full, except a small gap, that we weren't sure that we'd fit into. We had a bit of a misunderstanding about what David and I (on the front of the boat) thought needed to happen as we approached, and what Alan (on the back of the boat) heard - so we arrived shouting forward and back, and trying not to look like rank amateurs.
|Coffee and scones at Hampton Court,|
|Truly a "House Boat"!|
We moored up, Charlie got another walk, and we confirmed what time we need to lock through onto the Tidal Thames with the 'lockie' at Teddington, just as the heavens opened, and the rain began in earnest. We are now moored up, doors of the boat still open at the front, as it is still hot, despite it having been raining now for a good couple of hours.
Chertsey to Teddington
Miles: 11.8, Locks: 3
Total Miles: 263.1, Total Locks: 126