Journey North 14: Bulls Bridge – Molesey

16 miles, 15 locks

The tide at Brentford was at 1pm so we spent the morning locking down the Hanwell flight. 

The old asylum at Hanwell

It was hard work because the paddle gear seemed to be lacking in grease so the lower locks particularly were stiff. But we had the bike for lockwheeling and a boat several locks in front was drawing paddles for us so we had a good road. 

Then after a brief stop at Thames lock it was out onto the tidal river! I’ve rowed this section and we did this section on Lucky Duck being towed by Jim and Sarah Warrior on our first ever trip. 

Richmond Half Tide lock

We went through Teddington lock where we bought our Thames licence then carried on up through Kingston and Molesey Lock, eventually finding some nice moorings at Hurst Park. We’d hopes to find space at Hampton Court but it was full even at 2:30pm.

Then once moored we went back into Kingston on the bus to deliver James’s hired suit back to Moss Bros. We were also meeting a friend in Kingston so we stayed around and had first waffles and ice cream then pizza before drinks in the Ram! Then back on the bus. 

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