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Old 14 June 2012, 08:45   #1
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Anyone done the Thames

I am thinking of cruising the Thames as close to home as I can so wanting to start at Lechlade if its possible to launch there and camp for a night or two on route.
Has anyone done this before, if so I would like to hear where you started from and where you camped
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Old 14 June 2012, 09:20   #2
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Ive done loads of the thames on my sib ive done abingdon to henley good fun!camping is not a problem i just camp anyware i like the look of never had any problems
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Old 14 June 2012, 10:35   #3
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Done loads also with loonasea,great fun lots of pubs & camping happy days ! Get yourself some insurance & a river licence job done.
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Hi Loonasea and GreenB can you tell me the places that you have used to launch your boats on the Thames
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Everything you need to know :

Boating on the River Thames - River Thames

Also use the Boatlaunch.co.uk Home Page to find alternative slips.

I've done the Thames from Lechlade to the barrier, fantastic River and as said above good pubs as a bonus
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I'd ruled out the Thames because of the registration hassle and costs (Unique boat name, reg plates, having to send off design conformity documents etc)... Having read the posts on this thread I looked into it again.

Now I'm plotting buying the required equipment for a boating/camping break thanks to that link Landlockedpirate :-)

I never would have thought that some locks would have camping allowed and that some have showers and loo's!

How long does it take on average to pass through a lock on the Thames? Being the complete nerd that I am I merged the lock distance/time information with the facilities information, shoved it into an excel spreadsheet and decided that it would take about 8 hours to get from Lechlade to King's lock (the last lock with camping it seems reasonable to do in a day) allowing 15 mins per lock. Does that seem about right?
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That's about right. An easy estimate is four miles an hour plus an extra mile for each lock. I've had a couple of weeks on the Thames this year and have got another fortnight lined up in August. It's a great place to be.
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Excellent, thanks. For my next nerdy project I'm planning to add in slipway information. Doing the whole river in one go seems a bit unlikely, so I would like to work out some one way trips... launch the boat, drive to the end destination with the trailer then drive back to the boat in a second car and travel to the the trailer.
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I would be really interested to find out how you get on. I regularly put my boat in at Cheese Wharf which is in between St Johns lock and Buscot. I usually buy a day ticket from the lock keeper. Would recommend the plough inn at Kelmscott. Great food and beer.
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I'd ruled out the Thames because of the registration hassle and costs (Unique boat name, reg plates, having to send off design conformity documents etc)... Having read the posts on this thread I looked into it again.

Now I'm plotting buying the required equipment for a boating/camping break thanks to that link Landlockedpirate :-)

I never would have thought that some locks would have camping allowed and that some have showers and loo's!

How long does it take on average to pass through a lock on the Thames? Being the complete nerd that I am I merged the lock distance/time information with the facilities information, shoved it into an excel spreadsheet and decided that it would take about 8 hours to get from Lechlade to King's lock (the last lock with camping it seems reasonable to do in a day) allowing 15 mins per lock. Does that seem about right?

As a visitor you dont need to worry about any of the requirements for names, plates etc. Just turn up at one of the named locks, pay your money for either single days or 1 month and sign a declaration about the safety of your boat.

40 miles in a day is possible, but its a long hard day, especially if the weather is rubbish. I would look at fitting some kind of bimini top, really useful to keep at least some of the rain off.

Toilets and washing facilities need a little bit of planning, get a River Thames Map and plan stops at pubs and restaurants. There are also 4 or 5 swimming pools along the route to go for a shower. As well as the lock campsites there are also quite a few commercial campsites along the route, use The UK Camp Site for Tent and Caravan Campers in the UK.

The Thames is a really nice trip and well worth the effort.
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