We almost get halted as a narrowboater tries breaking and entering a damaged lock, then get's violent, resulting in the Police being called at Kings Langley! After the faff, we drop by Waterways Experiences on the Grand Union Canal to check out their disabled accessible boats and talk to some of the volunteers. Colin discovers the story of the Ovaltine factory, the local paper mills, and why there's a Lock 69A on the way to Hemel Hempstead.
Join us for some narrowboat terror on the Tidal Thames as we head from Limehouse to Brentford! (hopefully without sinking!). In Part Two, following our outbound journey from Teddington Lock to Limehouse, we turn around and head back on the River Thames, destination the Thames Lock at Brentford, and the Grand Union Canal. With dozens of boats on the river, waves over a metre high crash over the bow of our narrowboat and cause some panic!
It's our biggest challenge yet, tackling London's Tidal River Thames travelling from Teddington to Limehouse by narrowboat. One of the busiest stretches of river in the UK, the tidal River Thames has huge boats speeding past at up to 30mph and waves of up to 1.5 metres. It's not the safest place for our canal narrowboat! Can we make the 21 miles from Teddington Lock to Limehouse Marina safely and arrive in one piece?
We uncover ancient history and two Royal palaces on the River Thames by narrowboat. Leaving our mooring at Windsor and Eton we pass the iconic Windsor Castle before heading to Runnymede where Colin discovers the Magna Carta, JFK, and Air Force Memorials, along with a spiritual artwork called Writ in Water. After a tough week Colin takes some time off and we catch up at Hampton Court Palace with BIG plans for next week!