This was one mooring I would have loved to stay on but we had to leave and head off for a more beautiful river ( more wonderful then the Thames I wonder ) the river Wey.
|A truly beautiful river.|
We had at least 6 mile to travel before Cleave lock and we estimated that if we left at 8am we would arrive at the lock for 9.30am. Going through Wallingford bridge all the visitor moorings were full and I'm glad we stopped when we did as the height of the bank would have made it very difficult to get Jade of the boat.
|Approaching Wallingford bridge|
Our estimate was spot on as we pulled onto the landing dead on time and we didnt even have to wait as the gate opened for us and we were beckoned in. Having left Cleave lock there was only about half a mile to do before Goring lock and again we were lucky when a boat leaving the lock meant we could sail straight in. At the approach to this lock and perched on one of the post sat a heron. As we drew near I thought it strange it hadnt moved then the penny dropped. It was plastic!
|The covering of cobwebs should have made me realise it was plastic. Dumb comes to mind!!|
Then on the run down to Whitchurch lock we met boat after boat of coxless pairs, coxless 4 and cox'd eight all in training with a support boat following close behind shouting out instructions. We had to keep dodging some of them as they strayed off the path but the majority kept a straight course and disappeared behind us. Within 10 minutes most were on the return journey and with a turn of speed soon left us behind.
|Seems to be the easier option. Even the dog is keeping an eye on the proceedings.|
|4 of the men wore the team GB shirts from the Olympics. They looked exhausted and were all blowing hard but by Jove could they shift!|
|IWA festival was held here August 2010|
|The first weir that has loads of water running over it. Most of the others just had a trickle.|
After Mapledurham lock we started looking for somewhere to moor. The idea was to go shopping in Tilehurst and we noticed a good mooring by the railway with the footbridge across and easy access to the shops. I started to bring the boat in when Ian spied a notice pinned to a board which stated that the footbridge was closed. Fencing had been put up to stop anyone attempting the crossing so all we could do was to carry on and hope for another opportunity to moor. We had to travel all the way to Driveline marina beyond Tilehurst before we could pull in. By now it was 12.30pm. The walk into town took about 30 minutes and in this heat and humidity was no joke.We finally returned after an hour and a half and decided to stay where we were for the night as time meant finding a good mooring could be an issue.
|Mooring at Driveline Marina|
|White tailed bumble bee.|