Low Bridge – Will not pass under Osney Bridge, Oxford
Take a look at our zoomable map showing estimated cruising time based on 6 hours per day (one way).
To assist you in the planning of your journey, we suggest that you allow approximately 45 minutes per lock which includes the time taken to travel to and through each lock. This travelling time is only a guide and not a guaranteed travelling time.
You should moor no further than 1 Lock away from our base, in either Windsor or Runnymede. As long as you arrive at the Lock when it opens, you will arrive back at our base on time and it will still allow you enough time to vacate by 9.45am which in turn allows us enough time to prepare your boat ready for the next skipper and crew. You may if you prefer spend your last night moored within our boatyard saving you time the following morning.
All of your bedding, hand and bath towels are all supplied for you. While packing your favourite choice of clothes, make sure you leave room for those essentials. Deck shoes or trainers are advisable when walking around the boat. A torch comes in handy when returning to your boat after spending the evening visiting one of the Thames village pubs or restaurants, a first aid kit, you may even want to consider bringing a waterproof coat or umbrella just in case.
We ask you to complete our on-line Customer Arrival Form at least 1 week before your arrival. This will assist us in preparing your boat for you including your correct bedding requirements.
Pets are welcome on some of our boats. The boats where pets are welcome on board are marked with a green pet symbol. We recommend a maximum of 2 pets per boat but please feel free to contact us if you have more than two.
For the boats that allow pets on board, we do have a supply of life jackets available. Please assist us by adding your dogs weight in kg’s to your arrival form.
The Locks are operated by Lock Keepers 7 days a week. They open at 9am and close between 4.30pm and 6.30pm depending on the time of year. During the months of June to August inclusive, they even have a summer assistant on duty helping you to pass through at lunch time. Outside these hours, you may if you wish take yourself through the Locks without the Lock Keeper as long as there is day light. Your restriction on cruising is from Sunrise to Sunset. All locks below Oxford have out of hours power.
Mooring prices range from free of charge to £12.00 per night. (2019 prices excluding marina’s) Signs will be displayed at each mooring place with prices and methods of how to pay. Free moorings can be found at all Environment Agency mooring sites and some towns such as Goring and Abingdon as well as numerous out of town moorings for peace and tranquillity.
Every boat leaves us with a full tank of fuel which is enough for a minimum of a one weeks cruise, some boats have enough fuel to last 2 weeks. For most boats on a 2 week cruise or longer we normally advise you to top up with about 45 litres of diesel at the start of your second week. At the end of your holiday you only pay for the fuel you use. We do NOT charge for engine hours
We suggest you fill up every day to avoid running out. The newest boats in our fleet are fitted with a water tank gauge to assist you in your days planning.
Depending on the time of year we recommend a minimum of 4 to 5 hours a day during the months June to August and a minimum of 5 to 6 hours a day during all other months.
Your engine heats your water up just like your boiler does at home. When the water is cold it will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to heat up your hot water tank.
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Our customers find the information in our Planning Your Holiday guide to be useful. It can be downloaded from here – Planning Your Holiday