#20. Henley to Guildford, 6 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

Experience 2 different rivers and their surroundings

Henley is popular at any time for boaters, shops, handsome boathouses and the waterfront with Brent geese. Henley was described by Dickens as “the Mecca of the rowing man” and is well worth a visit.

Leaving Henley, we travel the Royal Regatta Course and reach Hambleden village, with mellow flint & brick homes. The Lock is beautifully situated near the fine weatherboard mill, now apartments. The river continues to pretty Hurley and Temple.

Lock at Hambledon

View of Hambledon Lock

At Marlow, we are greeted by the elegant suspension bridge across the river. This is now a lively Georgian town with literary connections to Shelley, Mary Godwin and T.S. Eliot. We pass by Bourne End, Cookham and Cliveden, with time for a visit if circumstances allow. Boulters Lock is the busiest on the Thames, according to old paintings and prints. Hopefully, not when we arrive!

Maidenhead is a busy town with elegant homes fronting the river. The railway bridge and its beautiful arches are the largest brickwork spans in the world. It was built in 1839 by Brunel. Passing Monkey Island, we note the fishing lodge and pavilion were built in 1744 on rubble salvaged from the Great Fire of London in 1666. The pavilion is now a hotel.

Then to Windsor. The Castle, Eton College, Windsor Great Park and majestic feelings abound. There are views of the castle from all directions. Later, we pass Old Windsor and the Albert and Victoria bridges. There are fine views of the castle. We also pass close to Queen Victoria´s former boathouse, seen only from the river.

At Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, there are Memorials of Magna Carta, Commonwealth Air Forces and John F. Kennedy. On the north bank are the remains of Ankerwycke Benedictine Priory.

Tree lined River Wey

View on the River Wey

Down to Shepperton, where we make our turn off the Thames and onto the River Wey. If you are looking for a comparison, here it is. The differences are immediately seen. Experience them yourself! One of the main differences is that we now have to operate the locks ourselves! The River Wey is managed by the National Trust and features some very attractive and quiet surroundings.

At times, it is hard to believe we are so close to commuter-land. We pass Weybridge and Coxes Mill and the pretty Papercourt Lock, as well as open farmland, before reaching Guildford and its delights.

For many years boaters have been encouraged to visit the Wey. Those making the visit are never disappointed.

The route is 52 miles and 30 locks.

Join Kailani at 2pm ready to set off at 3pm. Departure on your last day is at 10am.

Convenient railway stations are at Reading (for Caversham) and Guildford.

 

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

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