Last night we finally got down to thinking about our options for the rest of the journey. Although we were sure we had probably caught up enough of the time lost over Alan's eye problems, there remained the thorny question about one particular stretch of the Thames which although only just over 5 miles long always places heavy constraints on the journey into London.
The short length from Teddington lock on the Thames to Thames Lock, Brentford, the entry lock to the Grand Union Canal, is tidal, and there are at best only two short windows in any day where the tides are right for an easy passage. Unfortunately this weekend those times fall badly, either meaning a ridiculously early start from Teddington, or risking arrival and trying to find moorings in Brentford after dark. We decided in the end to delay to Sunday morning, when we reckon we will not have to go through Teddington until around 07:40 a.m., and which should see us locking in to Brentford without having to request a lock-keeper to work out of hours, (it's often hard to contact them).
|Sometimes the smaller buildings are just as attractive.|
|Cath was fascinated by the use of boat rollers to bypass the lock at Bray.|
|Chalice looking rather small in a big lock.|
|Does this really fit under all the required bridges ?|
|Swan by David|
Of course as well as boats of just about every conceivable type, size and condition, there is a near constant display of animal life.
|"Wyvern Shipping" Hire Boat|
|Chalice in the distance, as we return after our walk.|
Cliveden Deep to Chertsey
Miles: 20.1, Locks: 8
Total Miles: 251.3, Total Locks: 123