Monday, 30 May 2016

On the tideway

after a day spent in Brentford preparing ourselves for the Thames we arranged for the passage through Thames lock on Saturday morning.
Not just mental preparation, the captain had to dig the anchor out of the locker and find a suitable rope to give us the right scope just in case. Not something you need on a canal but an essential piece of equipment for a river, especially a tidal section.
As the old saying says, time and tide wait for no man, so we were on the move at 5.00 am, dropping down the guaging lock to arrive at Thames lock at 5.45 ready for the lock keeper to  let us onto the river and catch the tide to whizz us up to Teddington.
Although the captain has sailed on the Solent, it was my first time on tidal waters and I was a bit apprehensive. Oakapple behaved beautifully, streaking along with the tide, followed by NB Inca.
All too soon we arrived at Teddington lock and were onto Evironment Agency waters which meant a transit licence was required for the section onto the river Wey. (A bargain at £10).
The sun shone and we relaxed as the two boats cruised past Hampton Court palace, through Sunbury, eventually finding the entrance to the river Wey which was a bit confusing.
The Wey is administered by the National Trust so yet another licence was required. Not such a bargain this one, at over £70 for the week. Hope it's worth it!

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