Grand Union South
River Thames Ring
Shropshire Union Cruise
Warwick & Leamington
shown beside the routes are firstly the number of
miles. Secondly the number of locks and finally
the approximate number of hours needed to
navigate between places marked.
A magnificent holiday combining the very best of both
canal and river cruising. Travelling south on the Grand
Union you should plan to meet the River Thames at
Brentford approximately 4 days after leaving Weedon.
Having passed out of the canal on to the River Thames, turn
sharp right and head for Teddington. Do not stop until
you have passed through Teddington Lock. This short
section of the River Thames is tidal and for safety reasons
must be navigated in the upstream direction i.e.
Brentford to Teddington. This passage can only be made 2
1/2 hours either side of high water.
Your journey along the River Thames will take you past Hampton
Court with its maze, Windsor Castle, Marlow, Henley and Sonning. There are many beautiful riverside houses with
lawns running down to the water edge, On through Reading
and the Goring Gap, unusual birds may be seen here! On
reaching Oxford, turn right at Osney or preferably carry
on up river to Kings Lock and turn right at Dukes Cut on
to the Oxford Canal which winds its way up through the
Cotswolds and so back to Weedon.
249 miles - 174 locks -
2 tunnels - 1 swing bridge and some lift bridges
9 hours per day navigating (a busy two weeks).
To explore the many beautiful riverside towns and
villages on route you do need three weeks - 5 3/4 hours
navigating per day (an easy three weeks).
a River Thames licence is required - (Please see Licences on the
"Your Questions Answered" Page)..
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