Henley Whalers - Annual Long Row - 2017

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Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October

"The Garden of England" plus Maritime Heritage
Very green and mainly tranquil, with historic flourishes
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Upnor Castle
Upnor Castle

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A 3-minute video compilation of the best currently available pictures

Statistics - Saturday 14/10
Before lunch, 5.2 miles, 2hrs 30 mins. 1 lock.
Lunch, 1hr20.
After lunch, 10 miles, 3hrs 10 mins. 3 locks.

Statistics - Sunday.
Before lunch. 10,8 miles, 2hs 35. 1 lock.
Lunch, 2hrs 20..
After lunch. 3.5 miles. 1 hr.
(For comparison Wed 18/10 pm we covered 4.8 miles in 1hr14mins, max speed 5.3mph.)

Anticipated
Day 1. Non-tidal 18 miles +9 Locks
Day 2. 1 lock +Sheltered tidal 15 miles

Medway Map
River Medway

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Mollys at Breakfast
"Mollys" at breakfast

Molly at Hampstead Marina
Hampstead Marina

Toward Yalding
Heading toward Yalding
Pub Mooring at Yalding
Pub mooring, Yalding
Yalding Bridge
Yalding bridge - Only inches wide enough!
Hampstead Lock Video
Hampstead Lock (video)
Lifting Bridge
See the height gauge!
Lifting Bridge
Pretty low?
Lifting bridge not lifted
Low enough!
Low enough!
Boom
First sight of the barrier
Boom 2
Environmental boom
Rail Bridge Scaffold
Scaffolded rail bridge
Useless boom
But the boom is not leak proof!
Free-Wheeling through a disused lock
"Free-wheeling" an ex-lock (video)
Converted oast
Converted Oast House
Guards
Geese on guard

TeapotIsland
Teapot Island
Saturday lunch stop

Allington Castle
Allington Castle

Malta Inn
Malta Inn
Saturday Night stop

Mooring at Allington (click for pic) overnight Saturday courtesy of "Kentish Lady".

Friday 13th October - Skeleton Crew
Reconnoitre reduced headroom rail bridge.
Launch - Moor for night.
Trailer to MYC + Car Shuffling.
Sandling (Allington Lock).
Accommodation, Premier Inn. Dining, Malta Inn.

Saturday 14th October - .
08:30 meet at Hotel, Car Shuffling, then
09:30 at Alternative slipway for 09:50 cast off.
Row via lunch stop (13:30-14:30) - Teapot Island - "Bistro-style large menu, fully licensed".
17:45. "Allington Lock" (see left). (18 miles + 9 Locks).
Moor overnight.
Car Shuffling,
Accommodation. Same as Friday.

Sunday 15th October -
09:30 meet at Hotel. Row from Allington Lock, to Upnor - Sheltered tidal 12 miles. With the ebb tide.
12:50-13:50. Sunday roast +R&R at Rochester Cruising Club.
Visit Rochester Castle/Cathedral.
14:41+ Arrive at Medway Yacht Club, Upnor. Slipway. Clubhouse. Bar. See Video.
Car Shuffling.

Allington. Barges
Allington. Lock & Sluice in background

Lunch queue
"Mollys" queue for lunch. Teapot Island
Fruits?
What fruit be that?
Wier, Lock, Canoe chute
Weir . Lock . Canoe chute
Canoe Chute
Canoe chute
Bridge
Teston Bridge
Bridge
Teston Bridge
East Farleigh
Teston Bridge
East Farleigh
East Farleigh
Allington Castle
Allingon Castle
(anyone got a better one?)
Molly moored at Allington
Molly at Allington
Thirsty crew
Thirsty "Mollys"
More thirsty crew
Three Graces?

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Allington low tide
Allington. Low tide
Sunday Crew.  Allington Lock
Sunday Crew. Allington Lock
Aylesford Bridge
Aylesford
Aylesford
Aylesford
Aylesford Priory
Aylesford Priory

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Church
Halling Church
Medway bridge/s
Medway Bridge(s)
Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle.
Sunday lunch stop at RCC.
Busy crew
Getting away from it all?
Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Castle grounds
Rochester Castle grounds

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Fort Amherst
The Command House
Fort Amherst (top right)

EA Slipway - near Hampstead Lock and Yalding station. 51.227063, 0.413820 - Picture.

Slipway - Bottom end - Medway Yacht Club -. Upnor. Slipway. Clubhouse. Bar. See Their video.

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Fort Amherst
Fort Amherst
Chatham
Chatham
Upnor Castle
Upnor Castle
Medway YC
Medway YC (finish)
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Medway YAcht Club
Medway Yacht Club
Sunday Crew. at MYC
Sunday Crew at MYC.
View from the bar
View from the bar. MYC.

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Regrets? - It would be easy to spoil this page with a diatribe about the river closure at East Peckham rail bridge.
EA had granted permission for us to continue if we could fit.
We negotiated with Network Rail. They said that if we produced proof of EA's permission, they would allow us through. They U-turned.
We surveyed the bridge on Friday. There was plenty of headroom (far more than at Yalding/Hampstead lifting bridge). And as for their "Environmental barrier". .. Enough!

Cons - We were needlessly and at short notice, denied access to the "Magnificent Seven" greenest miles of the navigable Medway, and one of our five castles.
Had we known earlier, we could have planned a shortened route with only one night of accommodation.
Pros - We explored, Swallows and Amazons style, five un-planned miles around Yalding.
Overall the event was a useful "Taster" for a Medway Raid.
A 2-day "down-hill" row from Tonbridge to Upnor could be an addendum to a Medway Raid?
Lowest headroom = 1.9 metres.

Bridge1
Bridge 1
Bridge 2
Bridge 2
Bridge 3
Bridge 3
Bridge 4
Bridge 4
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The rest of this page features
A possible future "Long Sail"
- London to The Medway (2018?)
A possible future English Raid
- Medway (2019?)
Possible Future Long Row - Lee & Stort
Possible Future Long Row - Kennet and Avon.



Possible future "Long Sail"
- Thames to the sea - eg Gallions Point to Southend, Sheerness or Rochester (Medway). - (Could also be a "TASTER" for a Medway Raid?).
35 miles Gallions to Sheerness, or reverse (either way is tide-dependant).
(PW has experience of this area. - eg several runs Greenwich to Medway in one day)

DESCRIPTIONS
Jim Shead Waterways .Medway - Include tidal section and to Sheerness - Distances. Details, Links to Pictures (loads). Many other links.
Canal Plan - Thames, Tidal section, Woolwich Barrier to the sea.
Canal Plan.org.uk - Medway - Tidal section - Useful map and chart.

NAVIGATION, etc - (Data being collected - PLEASE SEND ANY USEFUL LINKS.)
Port of London Thames Recreational Users Guide - Teddington to Broadness - Broadness to Sea Reach.
Slipways -
Need to identify suitable slipways at each end - London end - Gallions? Estuary end; North side & South Side. Medway & Swale - See Medway Rowing above
Might need overnight mooring, accommodation en-route, eg Gravesend, North Kent, Essex..

(Canal Guide = Nope) - ("Waterways Routes" = nope)

Gallions to Sheppy, measured
"Map" Gallions to Sheppey, Measured

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Possible Future English Raid (2019?)
- The Medway, its Estuary, and The Swale. Back to Top
Famous for wildlife, Rochester Castle & Cathedral, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Isle of Sheppey, The Swale, Harty Ferry, Faversham Creek, Real Ales!
An estuarine and bay area of creeks and islands, a similar size to Golfe Du Morbihan - See comparison..
(PW has experience of this area.)

2018 would be the 351st anniversary of the Battle of the Medway (The Dutch inflicted one of the worst ever defeats on the British Navy)

DESCRIPTIONS
Jim Shead Waterways .Medway - Include tidal section and to Sheerness - Distances. Details, Links to Pictures (loads). Many other links.
Canal Plan.org.uk . Medway tidal section

NAVIGATION, etc
(Data being collected - PLEASE SEND ANY USEFUL LINKS.)
Need to identify suitable slipways Thames Estuary; North side & South Side. Medway & Swale.
Need to identify moorings for overnights and day visits. Thames Estuary; North side & South Side. Medway & Swale.
See Medway Rowing above.
Need to identify overnight accommodations - Thames Estuary; North side & South Side. Medway & Swale.
Consider combination of Arethusa and Medway Yacht Club.

The Swale -
Faversham -

(Canal Guide = Nope)? - ("Waterways Routes" = nope)

Slipways - Bottom end:-
Medway Yacht Club - Expecting us
Otherwise "fall-back" at
Gillingham pier, Slipway 51.397289, 0.554601 Picture.
Queenborough. TBC

Medway Estuary map
Medway Estuary "map"

Thames & Medway "map"
Thames and Medway "map".


AerialMedway
Aerial view from North

Medway & Morbihan compared scale
Medway Estuary and
Morbihan compared

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Possible Future Long Row
- Lee and Stort Navigation. eg Hoddesdon to Bow Creek
Mixed rural and urban/industrial. 24 miles (TBC) + Locks.

DESCRIPTIONS
Canal Guide.co.uk .Lee & Stort - History. Route description with pictures.
Jim Shead Waterways . Lee & Stort .Distances. Details, Links to Pictures (loads). Many other links.
Canal Plan.org.uk ..Lee & Stort. Useful map and chart.
Waterway Routes.co.uk .- Lee & Stort, Limehouse Basin, River Lee, River Stort, Hertford Union - Tables of distances, etc. Cruising maps to buy.

NAVIGATION, etc
Canal & River Trust .River Lee Navigation - Useful for Map, stoppages, etc.- C&RT license required.
Boaters'Guide to London's Waterways - Info and maps.

Slipways - Top end
Lee Valley Marina. (& crane). Stanstead Abbas, Herts SG12 8AL, 01920 870 499, .email .
Rye House, Rye Rd, Hoddesdon, EN11 0EH. 01992 465151 ? . Lee Valley Park (Free? but need permission).
Hallingbury Marina ?. 01279 723568.. email.
Boatlaunch . (Use the map to find slipway then details)
I W A. - L&S - List of boatyards.

Bottom end - At Thames, need to consider - Tide height & direction. Possible slipways.

Bob has kindly offered to do the on-site research for this region, and currently suggests:-
"Possible itineraries might include:

1. Friday PM: Launch at Lee Valley Marina (Stanstead Abbots) public slipway see Boatlaunch
   Up to Hertford to moor overnight.
   Hertford -> Thames (at Bow, or Limehouse via the Cut). Through the Olympic Park towards the end.
   Total trip (excl. Fri) under 30 miles 19? locks
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OR
2. Fri PM: Launch at Kecksy’s Farm (Sawbridgeworth) 51.820573, 0.158198 (but slipway will need checking)
   Up to Little Hallingbury marina or Stortford to moor overnight.
   Stortford -> Thames as above
   Total trip (excl. Fri) 32 miles 30? locks
   Alternative might be to crane in at Little Hallingbury if they can do it.

Both the above are shorter than our normal two day rows, but we’d need to add time to reach whatever slipway we finish at and possibly account for the tide. If Poplar Rowing Club, we could potentially choose to emerge at whichever of Limehouse or Bow gives us the best passage to the slipway for the state of the tide."

L&S Map
Map - Lee & Stort

River Lee Boat
Lee Valley Slipway

River Lee Boat
Lee & Stort Navigation

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Possible Future Long Row - River Kennet (K&A Canal) and Thames - Newbury to Henley
Mainly rural. Very local!
Newbury to Reading (K&A Canal) 20 miles + 20 Locks
Reading to Henley (Thames) 9 miles + 4 Locks

Provisional itinerary:-
Friday - Skeleton Crew - Launch at Newbury. Moor for the night. Come home
Saturday - Car shuffling
Row from Newbury, via lunch stop at Row Barge (Woolhampton), to Theale Swing Bridge. 12 miles + 14 locks. Moor for the night. Nearest pub "Fox & Hounds" 700 metres. Come home
Sunday - Car shuffling
Row from Theale Swing Bridge, via lunch "in Reading", to Henley UTRC. 17 miles + 10 locks.


Misc info sources and technical stuff:-
Canal Guide.co.uk - Kennet & Avon . History. Route description with pictures
Jim Shead Waterways . Kennet & Avon .Distances. Details, Links to Pictures (loads). Many other links
Canal Plan.org.uk .River Kennet. Useful map and chart
Waterway Routes - Might be useful?
Canal & River Trust - Kennet & Avon . Useful for Map, stoppages, etc.- C&RT license required.

Slipway -
Newbury Marina. Mill Lane, RG14 5SG. 01 635 282 208, 07584 566 197. email.
Boatlaunch . (Use the map to find slipway then details)

K&A Map
Map - Newbury to Henley

The Cunning Man Burfield
Slipway - Newbury

The Cunning Man Burfield
"Row Barge" + Swingbridge

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General Information.
Boatlaunch . Use the map to find slipway then details.
River & Canal Licensing - A list of authorities.
Canal Guide.co.uk - Online guides to many UK canals & canalised rivers...
Canal Plan.org.uk - Maps of many waterways.
Jim Shead Waterways . Distances. Details, Pictures (loads). Links. Interactive map.
Waterway Routes.co.uk . A source of cruising maps to buy.

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