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Old 11 January 2014, 05:58   #1
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Thames cruise

Does anyone have experience of a cruise from Oxford (ish) down to past st Katherine's dock?
Looking at doing a two day cruise at Easter.
I'm guessing it's easier to launch and park trailers up river than in London.
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Old 11 January 2014, 07:05   #2
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I've not done this cruise but I reckon you might want to do it in two seperate bites anyway . Above Teddington Lock you are probably subject to all the local River rules and regulations and below it you are free of all of those , but subject to all new speed restrictions on the Thames until you are past Gallions Point Marina . ( You could easily park vehicle & trailer here overnight ) but in all honesty I would book a B&B in St Katherines or thereabouts .
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I've done it several times. Oxford to London is a week's cruising.

For a two day trip you could launch at Putney, travel down through London and onwards to the Dartford Bridge then back up to St Katherines to stay somewhere expensive overnight. The following day head back up river and have lunch in Richmond or Petersham before going back down to Putney to recover.

You'll need to work out the tides carefully as St Katherine's has a limited lock window, and Putney isn't great at low water. Alternatively if you want all tides visitor mooring you could use Chiswick Pier, where accommodation will also be cheaper.

It's definitely worth doing once but bear in mind that the speed limit throughout London makes for a pretty unsatisfactory experience in a RIB, and the river below the barrier isn't particularly interesting.
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the river below the barrier isn't particularly interesting.
Don't you start ! You're starting to sound like Twim.......

There's the Woolwich Ferry and Sarfend pier and...........

On Any Sunday......
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Yep, done it a few times in a sportscruiser. As mentioned above, Oxford to St Kats in 2 days isn't possible, and you have to hit the St Kats lock in a 2 hour window.

A comfortable day on the upper Thames is 20 miles, a big day with 8-10 hours on the water is still only around 30 miles. Its around 90 miles from Oxford to Teddington alone and then you have the trip through London as well (another couple of hours).

If you have the time, its well worth doing it, but with those distances I would usually spend 10-14 days on that cruise. If you really want to go into London you can always get the train, we often cruise to Datchet Marina and then get the direct train (5 min walk to station and 50 min ride on train).

If you only have 2 days, set your sites a little lower. There is a great easy slip at Benson Waterfront near Shillingford, secure parking for car and trailer as well. You can then go up to Abingdon or Oxford and back in a weekend.

We love the Thames for a relaxed change, there is still something special about mooring a Riverside pub and not worrying about getting home.
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Benson waterfront: sounds like a fab idea! now what I'm thinking is tow it to here and spend one weekend going either up towards oxford or down towards Henley etc. then return it to benson for the week, go down the following Friday, hitch up on the Saturday, drive to and launch at Putney (we did this for the Queens diamond jubilee river festival) and whip down past the houses of parliament, tower bridge and decide when to turn back in time to recover that evening!

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Benson waterfront: sounds like a fab idea! now what I'm thinking is tow it to here and spend one weekend going either up towards oxford or down towards Henley etc. then return it to benson for the week, go down the following Friday, hitch up on the Saturday, drive to and launch at Putney (we did this for the Queens diamond jubilee river festival) and whip down past the houses of parliament, tower bridge and decide when to turn back in time to recover that evening!

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Too much?
That sounds like a great idea. One of my favorite boating memory's is planeing past the Houses of Parliament (before the new speed enforcement )

Benson is a great place, the bistro does a nice breakfast as well.
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Several years ago I did a RIB trip on the Thames from River Lane near Petersham, up through Teddington Lock and all the way up to Henley on Thames.

We camped each night and moored the boats next to the lock keepers cottages for security reasons.

I think in all we were afloat for 3/4 days in total and we finished with a blast through Central London. I would suggest you look at the PLA Navigators Club - Benefits of joining the club and check out the EA page for their information - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk...on/130919.aspx.

There now is a list of locks you can actually camp at - Environment Agency - Camping at a River Thames lock

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That's great

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