Today seemed the busiest day of all, with plenty to do to ensure we were fully prepared for the tidal Thames tomorrow after Teddington. On Saturday we will have to beat against the tine all the way to St Katherine's and various people, including St Katherine's have wondered if we will get there before the lock closes, whilst others including the Teddington lock keeper say we will easily. We were discussing this as we went through a lock and a local boatman suggested we try and moor up at Chiswick pier, which is a mooring point on the boat race course and about 7 miles past Teddington, this would make the trip Saturday considerably quicker. A phone call to Chiswick got us the last mooring place for £20.
We set off from Windsor going past Runnymede, and arrived at Bell Weir Lock, the largest one we had encountered so far, this is also the site of the Runnymede Hotel. The weir was also the most accessible we had come across, and allowed the opportunity for a great photograph.
|The Runnymede Hotel from Bells Weir Lock|
We were making good progress, the day started cloudy but by lunch time was clear blue and the temperature was about 21 degrees, a brilliant sunny day. We decided to moor for burgers and chicken for lunch at Hampton Court. It was not possible to take a good photograph of the building as their is now a huge double security fence to stop access from the river, but it did look spectacular.
|Part of Hampton Court|
|Hampton Court Gates by the river|
We travelled through Kingston-on-Thames and then arrived at Teddington. It is a large and complex lock structure here with different locks depending on the size of the boat.
We set off towards Richmond, the views of Richmond, Richmond Hill and the park are amazing from the river.
|Swan picture of the day|
We then come to the Richmond Weir, this is unusual as at high tide and two hours either side, you can pass straight over it, other times you have to pay £5 to use the lock. We were able to pass through, but a larger boat was stuck the other side due to the unusually high tide and recent rain waters.
|Dog swimming down the street|
|Flooded street cafe|