Down onto the tidal river around the time of high tide so the flow was negligible. The river down here is pretty wide with yet more rowers but there seemed to be few other vessels. We carried on fairly fast (well fast for a narrow boat - perhaps 6 or 7 mph) passing through Richmond and then passing the half tide weir below. This closes as a weir apart from 2 hours either side of high tide when it is completely open. Again timing is crucial.
|Crossing the weir at Richmond|
The lock keeper at Thames Lock at Brentford was as friendly and helpful as we have come to expect and welcomed us onto the canal raising us a modest foot from the tidal Thames to the bottom of the Grand Union Canal heading to Birmingham. Above the Gauging Locks (where loads were measured for determining tolls) we moored for a welcome coffee and then lunch to recover from the tidal experience. After lunch we explored a rather attractive part of Brentford (the Butts) and bought a Sunday paper.
Back on board we climbed a couple more locks to Hanwell aided by a couple of young girls with their Dutch grandfather and then moored for the night.
On Monday 16th we climbed the eight locks of the Hanwell flight with another boat "Flying Kipper" crewed by a father and his son. We crossed the "Three Bridges" one of the final works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Here a road crosses over the canal while the canal simultaneously crosses a railway.