Oru Kayak Adventures: Appletree Eyeot to Bourne End

After a very comfortable night’s sleep I broke camp and set off at around 07:00 into central Reading. The first lock of the day was Caversham lock which was very easy to portage around. The next point of interest was the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal which had a inner city waterway look about it. Continuing downstream the large Oracle campus could be seen on the starboard side – a familiar sight from many train journeys through Reading.

I stopped for lunch at the Angel On The Bridge in Henley-on-Thames (taking my boat out of the water at the small public wharf next to the pub) before paddling through the rowing course along Henley Reach and on towards Marlow.

I finished the day’s paddling near Bourne End where I set up a very rudimentary camp on the bank of the river. The further downstream I got the more difficult it was to find suitable places to stop for the night. Next to the bank was a busy footpath. As the light faded I was caught in a short rain shower so was glad of having my Basha sheet.

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