We took a walk around the Thames and its backwaters yesterday evening – finally ending up in Kew where we decided to get the bus back to Brentford.
We took the Thames Path for some of the way which took us down to the lock channel we used yesterday when we came off the Thames. The tide had gone out and was coming back in by this time but you can see the high water mark on the piling.
This is one of the backwaters just off the main river.
Today was a long day (for us anyway) starting off from Brentford at 6:30 this morning!
The Hanwell flight of 6 locks was quite easy. All ten locks today were in our favour and all the paddles and gates easy to use. It all felt very rural considering we were travelling through the outskirts of London.
The stretch of canal from the top of the locks to Bulls Bridge Junction was pretty awful and mucky but thankfully we didn’t get anything round the prop. We passed nb ‘Valerie’ on our journey today but fellow bloggers Les and Jaq were not around to say hello to. We’re sorry to miss you both.
Turning onto the Paddington Arm improved the water quality tremendously. These visitor moorings along the way looked more like Slimbridge Wildlife Sanctuary and were not very usable.
The first half of the Paddington Arm felt very rural………..
…….and although it was a cold journey today it wasn’t as cold as James seemed to think. He just wanted to use his new Trappers hat.
Among the many different floating things people choose to live in, this one stands out a bit! Obviously some kind of old safety boat – probably from an oil rig?
The last part of our journey into Paddington got a bit more urban.
Paddington Basin was pretty well full up when we arrived, six and half hours after we started, but luckily someone was about to leave so all was well. We had a funny few minutes trying to rope up on just the two mooring rings supplied, which were totally in the wrong place, but we are very grateful to have a slot at all.
Safely tucked in this evening and for neighbours we have fellow bloggers James and Debbie on nb ‘Lois Jane’ who arrived just before us today. They came along to introduce themselves and we hope to meet up with them soon for a drink.