Henley Whalers - Annual Long Row

Possibilities for 2017 & the Future

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Henley Whalers accomplish an Annual Autumn two-day Long Row.
They have navigated the River Thames in stages from Lechlade to Woolwich, and the River Wey.

Lechlade to Abingdon - 2013 . 2 days. 40 miles. 14 locks
Abingdon to Henley - 2012 . 2 days. 40 miles. 12 locks
Henley to Walton - 2014 . 2 days. 36 miles. 14 locks
Walton to Putney (Olympic Torch 2012)
Chiswick to Greenwich Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012 .
Richmond to Woolwich Reach - Great River Races 1993 - 2012 eg 2007
Gallions Reach to Chiswick - 2015 . 1 day. 20 miles. 2 locks.

Short sections:-
Whitchurch to Henley 2009
Henley, Sonning, Henley 2011,
Henley to Windsor 2010.
"Three men in a canoe", Crickalde to Lechlade 2015.

2016 River Wey and Thames - Godalming, Guildford, Weybridge, Shepperton, Kingston..


Possibilities for 2017 & the Future?

How about:-
Rowing - River Kennet (K&A Canal).
Rowing - Lee and Stort Navigation.
Rowing - River Medway .
Sailing - Thames to the sea .
Raiding - The Medway Estuary.

WHALERS - PLEASE DO THE SURVEY to help us decide the format, location, date, etc. (see email - only published for Whalers)

A crew member on the "Wey" trip said;
...Other canal or navigation waterways would seem worth investigating. The only drawback is the narrow and sometimes reed-choked sections that can make rowing difficult; having a couple of canoe paddles aboard would alleviate that.
Thanks again! . SM.

Long Rows.  Interactive map
Click for interactive map.

Rowing - River Kennet (K&A Canal), Newbury to Reading, then Henley.
Mainly rural. Very local! 30 miles (TBC). + Locks.

DESCRIPTIONS
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)
I W A . K & A - List of boatyards.

Canal Junction.com .K & A (doesn't add much.).

K&A Map
Map - Newbury to Henley

The Cunning Man Burfield
Slipway - Newbury

The Cunning Man Burfield
Kennet at Cunning Man pub

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Rowing - 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
.
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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Rowing - River Medway - Tonbridge to Rochester.
"The Garden of England" and Maritime Heritage. Very green and mainly tranquil, with an Historic finish. 35 miles (TBC) + Locks.
(PW has experience of parts of this river.)
(Might be a useful "TASTER" for a Medway Raid?).

DESCIPTIONS
Jim Shead Waterways .Medway - Distances. Details, Links to Pictures (loads). Many other links.
Canal Plan.org.uk - Medway - Non-tidal section - Useful map and chart.
Canal Plan.org.uk - Medway - Tidal section - Useful map and chart.

NAVIGATION, etc
Environment Agency - Medway - Bridges, locks, facilities for boaters. - EA license required.
Environment Agency - Medway booklet. pdf. Maps, guides, practical info.
EA. Map pdf - Pretty map with loads of useful details, Yalding (above Tonbridge) to Allington (tidal lock) Useful !
I W A . Includes contact details for tidal section

Slipways - Top end -
Tonbridge Castle - Free? - Parking £4.50/day - TN11 9AS - Picture -
Boatlaunch . (Use the map to find slipway then details)
Bottom end:-
Medway Bridge Marina Hoist/Crane.
Cuxton Marina, Hoist/Crane.
Elmhaven Marina. Slipway.
MDL Marina, Crane.
Gillingham pier, Slipway 51.397289, 0.554601 Picture.
Upnor Sailing Club.
Seegas Sailing Club.
Medway Yacht Club - has been suggested.
Hundred of Hoo Sailing Club.
Hooness Yacht Club.
Mariners Farm Slipway.
Queenborough Yacht Club.
Isle of Sheppy Sailing Club.
Queenborough slip Picture.
Swale Marina (Conyer), Slipway & Cradle.
[Probably not:- Strand Slip . The Strand . Gillingham Marina . Harty Ferry Inn . Oare - See Boatlaunch].

(Canal Guide.co.uk = Nope) - ("Waterways Routes" = nope)

Medway Map
Map - River Medway

Aylesford Bridge
Aylesford Bridge

Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle

Other pics
Aylesford Barges

Chatham

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Sailing - Thames to the sea - eg Gallions Point to Southend, Sheerness or Rochester (Medway).
35 miles Gallions to Sheerness, or reverse (either way is tide-dependant).
(PW has experience of this area.)
(This could contribute to a "TASTER" for a Medway Raid?).

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 Sheppy, Measured

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A Future English Raid? - The Medway and its Estuary.
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.
(PW has experience of this area.)

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.

The Swale -
Faversham -

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

Medway Estuary map
Medway Estuary "map"

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

Other pics
Aerial

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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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