Cruising guides

Last updated: 05-07-2017 @ 12:50

The guides we have links to below are ones we feel with be the most help to you. Please note that there is virtually nowhere to moor on the tidal Thames except perhaps in an emergency so all your planning should take that into account and you should aim to be off the tidal Thames by ‘close of play’ either at Teddington, Brentford or Limehouse.

The Upstream, Downstream and Estuary guides were put together by British Waterways (the predecessor of the Canal and River Trust – CaRT) in conjunction with the very knowledgable team at Limehouse Lock and were held on the Waterscape.com website but under very obscure names.

The St Pancras Cruising Club website gives access to a wealth of information. SPCC have a huge amount of experience in tidal cruising; their advice is like gold dust.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) website aimed at recreational boating is boatingonthethames.co.uk.  There are some excellent videos on their website which we found a huge help.

The River Wey Boater’s Guide is there because we feel that anyone experiencing the tidal Thames may not have enjoyed the River Wey and Godalming Navigations (to give them their full name) and to be in this area and not experience the Wey is like having toast without marmalade and butter! If travelling from Teddington to the River Wey (Thames Lock) you are entitled to purchase a £10 ‘transit licence’. You will need to be off the Thames 24 hours after purchasing the licence and you may not use Shepperton Lock with the licence.

It is worth noting here that everyone should be indebted to the late Louis Jankel and the late David Sowter for their persistent work in gaining this licence for boaters.

Upstream Edition Downstream Edition  Estuary Edition  St Pancras CC  PLA Guide  River Wey Guide

 

Regents Canal

The Regents Canal is an intrinsic part of narrowboating in London but there is very little information available. The most useful website we have found is the IWA one – click here for more information.

Lee and Stort Navigation

The Lee and Stort is also part of narrowboating in London but there is very little information available. The most useful website we have found is the IWA one – click here for more information. There’s also the new Stort Meanderings blog – click here for more information.

 

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