Ten Bob Note


Sunday 10th May 2009

Location: Limehouse Basin, London

Today: 20 miles, 2 locks. Total distance: 2195 miles.  Total locks: 1441

Pulled the pins at 04:30, yes, 04:30, and headed down river on the ebbing tide to Limehouse.

Had a very pleasant cruise down through central London to Limehouse. Only one other boat on the move, a Harbor Master patrol boat just below Tower Bridge. The weather was just about perfect as well, couldn’t have asked for better.

The lock keeper at Limehouse advised us that we would be travelling at the best time of the day and on the best day of the week and he was right. The last time I came down through central London it was later in the morning on a week day and the river was a challenge as it was busy with lots of working boat traffic. Today I had time to look around and enjoy the trip more.

Once again, the entrance into Limehouse lock was a challenge due to the fast ebbing tide, there must have been a good 3 MPH flow running. Managed to get in without touching anything but I wouldn’t want to have to do it every day!!!

Spent the afternoon wandering around the shops at Canary Wharf.

Current Mooring


Brentford entrance to the Grand Union canal

HMS Belfast

A famous clock - look at that sky at 07:30 !!!!


Tower bridge

Limehouse lock - going up

Limehouse lock

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