Sept 25

The Thames (still continued)

Well, Henley was a bigger disappointment than I expected. Besides having to pay for the mooring, no one showed for the promised ringing practice! Oh well, on to Marlow. Nice gentleman is a scruffy boat indicated that if I moored 20m further up the river, I avoided the 12 quid mooring charge. So done! Then a chance to ring here- this time pre-arranged. They only had 6 people (including me), one of whom was just beginning, so we only rang 5 of their 8 bells.

Marlow, with a very old, iron, suspension bridge

Marlow, with a very old, iron, suspension bridge

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bank-side mooring straight ahead!

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mooring on the far right of the picture. The skyline building is Cliveden House, a National Trust property.

Then, onwards. I met a friend whom I have encountered several times, in “Ant”. Ken has been most helpful, and directed me to one of the best moorings ever. Tucked into a backwater, deep water so no issues, and protected from the wind. I was able to get several jobs done, as there was also a bench that I could set tools on. AND, there wasn’t anyone else around that I would annoy! Thames203

I made a rather later start yesterday, and then met Ken again just upstream of Windsor. He gave me a long, very informative (and really needed) tutorial on navigating around and through London. Then, I dodged multiple rowing crews and tour boats as I approached Windsor. Lots of very posh (and expensive riverside houses (estates…).

one of many large estates along the river

one of many large estates along the river

Expecting to not find anything except expensive moorings, I took pictures on the fly. Just above Windsor Lock, in the shadow of Windsor Castle, there is a stretch of free moorings! So, I stopped to offer HM a Canadian perspective. She wasn’t home, so I left a message…

HM Royal castle at Wndsor

HM Royal castle at Wndsor

This morning, the sun is out, the sky is blue, and I’m off to Staines, where I hope to get a mooring for the weekend. I’m invited to another boating friend’s 70th birthday. The boating community has been one of the best parts of this adventure!

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my narrowboat in Britain. I'm touring as much of the canal and river system as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been
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