Henley Whalers - Annual Long Row - 2017

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Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge Castle

Upnor Castle
Upnor Castle

DATE & ROUTE DECIDED

River Medway - "CASTLE to CASTLE" and three more in between.
Tonbridge to Upnor, Rochester/Chatham

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

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Medway Map
Map - River Medway

Non-tidal 18 miles + 10 Locks . + Sheltered tidal 15 miles
(Maybe a useful "Taster" for a Medway Raid?)
(PW has experience of parts of this river.)

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This Schedule is PROVISIONAL

Tonbridge aerial map
Tonbridge - Aerial map

Anchor
The Anchor
(Saturday lunch stop?)

 

Allington Castle
Allington Castle

Friday 13th October - Skeleton Crew - Launch at Tonbridge and moor for night. Trailer to Upnor. ~ Come home or stay locally.
Optional ~ Saturday crew could opt-in for Friday night accommodation

Saturday 14th October - Early morning car shuffling, unless you stayed locally. (Henley to Tonbridge - 73 miles. 1hr 45.) . Details TBC.
09:30. RV @ swimming-pool slipway for 09:50 cast off.
Row from Tonbridge via "Anchor" (Their website) or "Teapot Island" lunch stop. (13:30-14:30).
17:44. Allington. (maybe Maidstone) 18 miles + 9 Locks. Moor overnight.
Accommodation ~ Being arranged ~ TBC, maybe:-
Cabins at Allington lock, or nearby Malta Inn 01622 717 251 =(?)Premier Inn Sandling. ("Village Hotels"/Victory pub " here = Expensive?).
(Avoid "Premier Maidstone-Allington" inconvenient location. Maidstone central would be better).
Or Central Maidstone - Many dinner venues. Accomm:- Travelodge (on river) . Premier Inn. Catnap . Rock House . Rocky Hill House.


 

Allington. Barges
Allington

Malta Inn
Malta Inn
(Saturday Night stop?)
Sunday 15th October - Car shuffling not required if completed on Saturday
(Row from Maidstone to Allington, if not done Saturday - Non-tidal 2 miles)
09:30. Row from Allington Lock, to Upnor - Sheltered tidal 12 miles. With the ebb tide
12:50-13:50. (Possible stop for toilets/R&R/town/tide at Rochester Cruising Club. Maybe visit Rochester Castle/Cathedral, Historic Dockyards, Fort Amhurst)
14:41. Arrive at Medway Yacht Club, Upnor. Clubhouse and Slipway. Video.
Car - Upnor to Henley 97 miles - 1hr 51.
Aylesford Bridge
Aylesford
Rochester Castle
Rochester Castle
(Sunday lunch stop?)
Fort Amherst
Fort Amherst
Chatham
Chatham
Medway YC
Medway YC (finish)

Misc info sources and technical stuff:-
Jim Shead Waterways .Medway - Distances. Details, Misc 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, Tonbridge to Allington (tidal lock) Useful !
EA River Level at Teston.
I W A . Includes contact details for tidal section

Slipway - Top end -
Tonbridge Castle - Free? - Parking £4.50/day - TN11 9AS - Picture -
Boatlaunch . (Use the map to find slipway then details)

Slipways - Bottom end:-
Medway Yacht Club - Looks favourite!
Otherwise "fall-backs" at
Gillingham pier, Slipway 51.397289, 0.554601 Picture.

(For previous Long Row reports see here )

 

The rest of this page features
A possible future "Long Sail" - London to The Medway
(2018?)
and
A possible future English Raid
(2019?)



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.
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 Atethusa and Medway Yacht Club.

The Swale -
Faversham -

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

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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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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