Friday, 17 June 2011

Hampton Court to Runnymead

Tuesday 7th June we upped sticks from Hampton Court, ascended Molesey Lock...
... and again we went past this fantastic house boat ...
... but no, this isn't Dave Gillmore of Pink Floyd!
... past the old working buildings at Port Hampton on Platt's Eyot ...
... and moored in what we'll call No Problem's slot just below Sunbury Locks - it has lovely ...
... views all around ...
... but perhaps we're deeper than No Problem as when we woke up in the morning we were very, very tilted and decided to move on ... we refuelled diesel and water at Shepperton Marina arriving there a few minutes into an absolute downpour!  It was dry again by the time we left and continued our journey mooring for the night just below Shepperton Lock...
 
... the ferry has been operating across the river for over 500 years (but this is not the original one) ..
... from here you ring the bell for the ferry to come and collect you.
... a patch of poppies seen as we leave the mooring at 09:45 ...
... to tie up whilst Shepperton Lock empties for us to enter.
Some very desirable properties around here ...
... this one is at the tip of Pharaohs Island which was a gift from the nation to Admiral Nelson following his victory at the battle of the Nile in 1798.
Building on stilts to take into account any rise in the river level
... wow...
... looks like someone has pinched the top layer of a wedding cake ...
... I much prefer this one ...
... the do look incongruous though next to each other.
... coo, wonder what they've found?
Looking back at the arches of Chertsey Bridge as ...
... we wait for the lock to be readied for us ...
... 20 minutes later the clouds start to gather in front of us ...
... and become dark and heavy behind us, pram hood quickly pulled over us we continued on our way, fortunately the heavy rain didn't last very long ...
... a pretty row of boats ...
... before approaching Staines where we moored for lunch outside Jimmies Spices and ...
... opposite the impressive Swan Hotel ...
... approaching the M25 bridge and Bell Weir Lock ...
... and some very pretty buildings ...
... George is always on the look out for the A380 planes - he worked on the first few built out in Toulouse including one for the Emirates (may have been this very one!) and one for Richard Branson!
... after another downpour and about an hour later ...
... we reach a great new National Trust mooring at Runnymeade with equally great vistas opposite ...
... and behind ...
... and from the towpath at 15:45 - a good day.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post a Comment