I took advantage of a day’s leave and perfect winter weather to head off with my Oru folding kayak on the train to Windsor and Eton riverside station from where I kayaked down the river Thames to Hampton Court. Conditions were absolutely perfect for a winter paddle with a beautiful winter sun, virtually no wind and gentle current. Conditions were just below freezing – any spray from the paddle froze on contact with the deck for the first few hours of the trip. I was treated to a spectacular sunrise and some beautiful updrafts in the misty fog that covered some parts of the river. A truly wonderful paddle.
Start Point: Romney Lock (for Windsor & Eton Riverside Railway Station)
Portages: Old Windsor Lock, Bell Wier Lock, Penton Hook Lock, Chertsey Lock, Shepperton Lock, Sunbury Lock
End Point: Molesey Lock (for Thames Ditton Railway Station)