Visiting the River Thames by boat is reasonably easy providing a few simple rules are observed. Watch the tidal Navigation advice videos & read this.
Navigation from the Estuary to Teddington on the Thames is controlled by the Port of London Authority. The Thames has strong tides and care should be observed in taking advantage of them. It is possible to cruise to London from Ramsgate, or East Coast in 12 knot plus powered craft and from the Medway under sail in one tide. Masts would have to be stepped down below Tower Bridge. Visit www.boatingonthethames.co.uk. for much more information.
Passing through Tower Bridge at the start of the tide you start to pass under bridges. Taking the tide there should be no problem in passing through the bridges but be aware that at high-
As you pass through Teddington Lock you are clear to enter the Non-
Approximately 100 metres or so below Teddington there is a pedestal indicating that from this point the river is managed by the Thames Conservancy.
This is now dated information as it is actually managed by the Environment Agency. Specifically by a Thames Navigation River Manager reporting to Barry Russell M.B.E. our Board Advisor and the Harbour Master of the West Thames Area.
Visit EA and ATYC for information on bridge heights and size of the locks. Every craft placed on the non-
Visitor registrations are available at Teddington and at any lock where there is a joining navigation, river or canal.
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