Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Crossings over the River Thames 2a - Molesey Lock

It has been raining a lot recently, and in the non-tidal part of The River, this has meant high water levels and muddy riverbanks. And of course the locks are fully opened to stop the wealthy areas to the west of the Capital from being flooded. This is the stately and sedate part of the river, but disturbed by the power of water falling a few feet through the weir

We're back on the river (scroll to the bottom) for the second part of the travels across the Thames. And I made a boo-boo. I thought it was possible to cross the river via the locks and weirs at Molesey.

As you can see by my cunningly placed bicycle, this is not possible. In fact, the footpath over the weir peters out around 200 yards from the northbank, so even if you could get authorised access to the weir, it is not possible to make it across the river.


Still, in this summer/winter like weather that we're getting at the moment, there's nothing I can recommend more than to dust down your bicycles and floor it around the riverside. While the Thames is a lovely meandering river, once it hits the Capital, parking space is at a premium. The best thing is to cycle it around and follow the trails along the river and close to it. But there's a problem, I still can't cross the river. Where to next? All to be revealed on Friday.

And Molesey Lock is a beautiful part of the Thames. There's a boat house nearby, plenty of open spaces, paddocks, a pumping house, a tribute to Shakespeare. All are within strolling distance of the lock on both sides of the river. But this isn't the main reason why people decide to come to Molesey Lock. If anyone comes here, it is usually due to the fact that they have strayed from the area's premire attraction. And that is a fantastic place to go, but that is another year's blog.

Bus routes 111, 216 (Northbank); 411, 451, 461 (Southbank); R68 (Both sides of the river). Nearest Train Station, Hampton Court.

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