Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Runnymede – Shepperton – Hampton Court – Teddington

Left Runnymede, passing under the M25, through Staines heading for Shepperton. Found very pleasant moorings at Shepperton. Next morning cruised towards Hampton Court for a tourist visit to the Palace. On the way we passed the houseboat called Astoria, now owned by Dave Gilmore of Pink Floyd and is used as a recording studio. After our visit of Hampton Court Palace we had to head off to Teddington to await passage through to Brentford on the tidal Thames. Early start, we have got to be ready for 6.00 am.

003 Passing under the M25


The Astoria, built in 1913


Hampton Court Palace


The Clock Tower


The famous Hampton Court Maze


The Inner Court


View from the moorings at Hampton Court


Kingston upon Thames, built 1828

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Windsor to Runnymede

We are blessed with another beautiful day. Cruised from Windsor to moor on a National Trust area opposite Magna Carta island where the treaty was signed. We had a short walk to view the two memorials, the Magna Carta Memorial erected in 1957 by the American Bar Association and the John F Kennedy memorial in memory of his assassination.

002 Leaving Windsor


Windsor Castle


Albert Bridge


Moored opposite Magna Carta Island


Magna Carta Memorial


John F Kennedy Memorial


Another sunset moment

Bray to Windsor

Left Bray to spend the weekend in Windsor, passing Windsor Race Course on the way. Found good moorings on an island, which were perfect for more scorching weather. Managed in the heat to have a look around Windsor and Pip and I had a trip on the Royal Windsor Wheel with fantastic views.

003 Thames steam boat, from our mooring at Bray


View from our mooring at Windsor


Taken from the top of the wheel, Windsong and Serenity moored



Queen Victoria/Windsor Castle


Windsor sunset looking towards Brunels bow string railway bridge, 1849

Friday, 25 June 2010

Henley – Marlow – Bray

Left Henley on our way to Marlow to meet Pip and Rog’s daughter and grandchildren who were coming to have a day out on their boat. The Thames is now quite busy and we have full capacity in all the locks, which can sometimes be cosy with two narrowboats and four large cruisers. Another scorching day for another wonderful cruise mooring at Bray, but I don’t think we will be partaking in either of the two famous restaurants. The Waterside Inn (Roux Brothers) or The Fat Duck (Heston Blumenthals)

007Temple Island, leaving Henley


Medmenham Abbey


Marlow suspension bridge

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Reading to Henley on Thames

Left Reading in glorious sunshine back on the Thames. Found great moorings at Henley, where preparations for the regatta are in full swing, which starts June 30th.





Approaching Henley Bridge


Serenity in Henley

Theale to Reading

Finished our great trip on the Kennet and Avon, got through the strong currents, back to Reading to start our journey to London.

013High Bridge (1787). Tight squeeze through Reading


Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory, who used to employ 6,000 people, now converted to flats

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Woolhampton – Theale

Spent a nice weekend in Woolhampton along with Pip and Rog’s friends Richard and Chrissy, who came over to show off their new boat Steliskir. Had a nice afternoon on the towpath drinking and chatting and a lovely evening meal in the Row Barge. Set off Sunday morning with the daunting start of the lock and electric bridge and a strong cross current, but all went well. Managed to find good moorings on the river just before Theale with the opposite view across a lake.

003Leaving Woolhampton lock with the electric swing bridge set ahead


Leaving Aldermaston lock approaching another electric lift bridge


Passing through Aldermaston lift bridge


Cheers, Happy Father’s Day


Our patio for the evening, time for another bbq


Cassie cooling off

Friday, 18 June 2010

Newbury – Thatcham – Woolhampton

We could remember the strong currents on the way through the centre of Newbury, and as we are now cruising with the flow we thought it would be worse on the way back, but we had nothing to worry about and managed the lock/bridges without any problems. Stopping for diesel at the Pit Stop, Greenham Island we left Newbury behind us and moored overnight at Thatcham. The weather was scorching so of course we had to have another bbq. Only a short cruise today to moor at Woolhampton, where we will probably re-visit the Row Barge.



Monkey Marsh, turf sided lock. The vegetation has certainly grown in comparison to the first photo we took.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Hungerford – Kintbury – Newbury

Before leaving Hungerford we had a roam around the numerous antique shops and found a must have buy, a stoneware flaggon showing our surname.


Had a short cruise on to Kintbury, where we saw the horse drawn trip boat again. Next day we moved on to Newbury and of course made a re-visit to Griffin butchers.




West Mills Wharf, Newbury

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Crofton – Great Bedwyn – Hungerford

Spent two nights moored at Great Bedwyn, which was another lovely village which we didn’t get to see on our outward journey. But felt a little cut off as there was no phone/internet signal. Then had a good day cruising to Hungerford, after 10 difficult locks, in much need of some tlc (money spending on them), we moored above Hungerford lock near the church, where we plan to stay until Tuesday to give us time to replenish supplies.

002 Bulls welcome us to Hungerford Marsh Lock

Wooton Rivers To Crofton

Travelled to the summit and through Bruce tunnel, all locks are now downhill back to Reading. Moored early at Crofton and visited the pumping station, which houses two Cornish beam engines, the oldest dating from 1812. The two engines can lift two tons of water to the summit at every stroke, until 1959 when they were replaced with first a diesel pump and then an electric one.  Unfortunately we missed it in steam, but it was still well worth a visit. From there we did a circular walk, part of an old Roman Road and around Wilton Reservoir passing Wilton Windmill.

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Crofton Pumping Station




A view from the pumping station, just catching the passing train.


Wilton village duck pond

Devises to Wooton Rivers

From leaving Devises our original plan was to moor at All Cannings, but both there and Honey Street were completely full. At the end of a wet day we found moorings at Pewsey. Which were no better, in fact worse than the first time we moored there. We had to make use of the plank, as the stern was 3ft from the bank and the bow was sticking out 6ft from the bank.

We were back in luck today and found moorings where we had planned at Wooton Rivers. Which is a lovely picturesque thatched village with a 13th century church which is home to the George V Coronation Clock, made out of scrap metal and the words “Glory be to God” instead of numbers. Also a very nice 16th century pub made of weatherboarding and thatch.

004 Wooton Rivers lock


Lock gates in poor condition


Glory be to God instead of numbers


St. Andrew’s 13th century church, Wooton Rivers


The Royal Oak, 16th century inn