Following on from discussions during the trip in June is anyone still interested?
The section from Trusses island in Staines (free parking and slipway) to Shepperton (ditto) looks very attractive for a day trip with 3 locks and there are numerous sailing clubs and campsites in the area where trailers and cars might be left and even bars opened.
The lock at Windsor racecourse was as I recall also very scenic for an overnight-er if we could launch further upstream.
Opportunities for me in September might be limited, but may be free later (after 24th ish)
Thames inside M25 can be very pleasant. There are stretches where the towpath side is quite rural for up to 60 yards from the river bank. Opposite side of the river to towpath is generally developed for housing or boat yards with the occasional park. Apart from the localised noise of the M25 noise levels are also affected by Heathrow flights depending on wind direction. The general hum of background traffic is ever present and your brain tunes it out after a while.
Very limited camping options. Other than Laleham and Chertsey I don't know of any official sites.
I have camped at Laleham many years ago. The gates were locked at some point in the evening and the warden patrolled with a baseball bat and attacked youths who tried to climb the gate to gain entry. Appeared to be drug dealing taking place in the public car park outside until the police turned up. Not sure I'd leave a boat moored there unattended overnight! May be very different now though.
Possibly a wild camp option on the island above Walton (but that's quite close to Chertsey anyway.) Stretch between Walton and Molesey may have places where a discreet tent or two pitched late and struck early on the right bank might be overlooked. Though these areas tend to be heavily used by dog walkers, cyclists, fishermen, etc.
Likewise there could be options on the left bank between Hampton Court and Kingston. This section of towpath can only be accessed at either end or by water so the middle part is quieter.
Each part of the Thames has its own character and interest. Since I'll be sleeping aboard I won't be constrained by availability of campsites so I'll be happy to go wherever others decide to.
On 15 Jul 2017, at 18:06, LASER41420 [via UK HBBR Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:
I was thinking September after the school holidays, not everything inside the M25 is unpleasant, it is greenbelt after all.
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