Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Leaving the Wey

Monday morning saw our departure from our very congenial mooring in Guildford meadows

We passed through this very attractive side of Guildford. The south side where we were moored is the prettier face of Guildford. Once through the town going north it is not so salubrious. However we were soon out in the country again en route to Pyrford where we planned to moor for the night.

Leaving the Meadows
As we left the meadows we were hailed by Gemini Dream whom we had last seen at Clifton Cruisers in April. She was single handing up the Wey for the second time.

Approaching Millmead Lock in the centre of Guildford

The weather was kind to us and we had a very gentle trip and we found a mooring just down from the Anchor pub so were able to have a pre supper drink ashore.

The outlook for Tuesday was not good and the forecasters were correct!!! We had to leave the Wey as our licence ran out that day and also we now had a time plan for our arrival in Paddington Basin as friends Rosi & John are coming to visit. It was a very soggy run off the Wey and onto the Thames again.

We passed through the last lock and handed in our borrowed lock handle. They are different to the normal and the lock keeper lend will you one as you enter, having paid your fee for travelling on the Wey which is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Geoff found the lock gates and paddles the best on the system so far. On the other hand I found going up the locks was very stressful. The flow in is very vicious and the slightest opening too far of the paddle is not pleasant. The return trip for my part was much pleasanter as we went down again.

About 11am we joined the big river again.

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