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Here's a sample of a Bygone Boating holiday on the Thames


20th September, 2017
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We were waved off on our weeks adventure heading up-steam towards Henley on Thames passing through several locks with lock keepers to assist and advise. We spent our first night on board berthed at Henley (£10 / night) within easy walking distance to the town centre. Bernadette was particularly well equipped with all the little extra's that made living on board very comfortable. Good fridge space to cool the wine, loads of storage for food, colour TV , central heating, shower and 4 berths, with all linen and bedding provided, the galley was particularly well stocked with condiments and spices for cooking if you so wish......

We proceeded up stream stopping at Sonning using free berth just up stream of the lock, we also took fresh water at this point. The Coppa Club provided us with an excellent lunch, village church was worth a visit as was the local pub dating back to the early 1600's. We continued up stream to Pangbourne Meadow  berthing on the river bank overnight using our berthing spikes for the first time.

Next morning we walked into the village and was presently surprised to find all amenities that one would require for topping up on board supplies, there is actually a launderette which is very handy if so required. We took the opportunity to visit the toll bridge in Pangbourne a novelty in this day and age............

We sailed on to Marlow stopping at Bourne End Marina for fuel & fresh water and pushed on for approx 3 hours which found us in Windsor.........Thursday afternoon the week is going so quickly, we head back up stream stopping Boulters lock for a refreshment at the pub which has super berthing right outside.

Moving on up stream we berthed overnight at Cookham (£5 / night) no shops here, but loads of choice of eating out which we took the opportunity to do so.......... 

A wonderful week on the Thames on a lovely classic motor cruiser that drew many comments and favourable words from passers by and fellow boat users. Bernadette is a pleasure to handle, with the addition of a larger rudder and fitted bow thruster, she is very manoeuvrable. 

We can not wait to book our next adventure on this lovely little lady, extending our cruising range further a field, we did enjoy the Thames it has loads to offer for all sorts of reasons. 

Bernadette is a 4 berth boat but we feel it would be a tight squeeze for 4 adults but is certainly very comfy for a couple.