Pix: Rachel Hedley, AHOY Centre

A river relay from the source to the estuary is under way - for the third year.

It involves carrying a bottle of pure Thames spring water down the river before ending up at Southend at the end of September. It started from Gloucestershire at the weekend (August 15th).

Among those involved are rowers, walkers, swimmers, paddleboarders, kayakers, sailors, and punters.

For the most of the journey on the non-tidal river the bottle will stay each night with Environment Agency lock keepers or on occasions at a riverside Inn. One night it will stay at Hampton Court Palace.

The relay is part of the Totally Thames Festival, a programme of events throughout September.

Timetable for the relay over the rest of the month below. Link to more information on Totally Thames website HERE

 August Journey Organisation / individual Overnight
15th Source (Kemble) to Cricklade Totally Thames and Ahoy Centre Cricklade
16th Cricklade to Lechlade Totally Thames and Ahoy Centre St John's Lock, Lechlade
17th St John's Lock to Rose Revived Electric Sailing Boat Association Rose Revived Pub
18th Rose Revived, Newbridge to Osney Lock Explorer Scouts  Osney Lock
19th Osney Lock to Iffley  Oxford Gondola  
  Iffley Lock to Sandford Lock Admiral VII - Historic Broads Boat  
  Sandford Lock to Abingdon Lock The Gabble Ratchett wide beam narrow boat (with Morris Dancing!)  Abingdon Lock
20th Abingdon Lock to Benson Lock City of Oxford Rowing Club - British Rowing Benson Lock
21st  Benson Lock to Goring Lock Outdoor Swimming Society - 12k Swim Goring Lock
22nd Goring Lock to Whitchurch Lock Racing and River Boat Museum, Beale Park  
  Whitchurch Lock to Caversham Lock Goring Gap Boat Club Caversham Lock
23rd Caversham Lock to Shiplake Lock  Thames Traditional Boat Society  
  Shiplake Lock to River and Rowing Museum Rivertime Trust River and Rowing Museum
24th River & Rowing Museum to Hambledon Lock Henley Rowing Club  
  Hambledon Lock to Temple Lock Henley Whalers  
  Temple Lock to Bisham Abbey The Accessible Boat Club Bisham Abbey
25th Bisham Abbey to Cookham Lock WheelyBoat Trust - Sailing  
  Cookham Lock to Bray Lock Maidenhead Rowing Club Bray Lock
26th Bray Lock to Romney Lock Bray Lake Paddleboarders  
  Romney Lock to Bell Weir Lock Bewl Canoe Club Bell Weir Lock
27th Bell Weir to Penton Hook  Jolly Brit - from Royal Yacht Britannia  
  Penton Hook Lock to Shepperton Lock Staines Boat Club Shepperton Lock
28th Shepperton Lock to Molesey Lock Weyfarers - recreational rowing club  
  Molesey Lock to Hampton Court Dittons Skiff & Punt Club Hampton Court
29th Hampton Court to Teddington Lock Tamesis Sailing Club Teddington Lock
30th Teddington Lock to Ham House Richmond Bridge Boat Club Ham House
31st Ham House   Ham House
More date and locations soon




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