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Approaching London, the river becomes busier and you may begin to see a small amount of commercial traffic.

Opposite Duke's Meadows on the Middlesex bank is the Mortlake brewery standing on the Surrey shore. From here on you may encounter rowing eights and fours, practising from the clubs at Hammersmith and Putney. Care should therefore be taken when negotiating Chiswick and Hammersmith bridges.

Shoals off Small Profits Draw Dock on the Surrey bank just below Barnes Railway Bridge should be avoided at low water.

The visitors moorings on Chiswick Pier, at Corney Reach in Chiswick, provide a unique facility on this part of the river. They are run by the Chiswick Pier Trust, a charity which relies on volunteer help to keep the moorings running. The pontoons are well equipped, with electricity and sewage pump out. In peak season, advance booking is recommended. Contact the Chiswick Pier Trust for more details.

Before you reach Hammersmith, you will pass Chiswick Eyot close in to the Middlesex bank. It is possible for small craft to pass inside Chiswick Eyot for around two hours before high water. It is not recommended on a falling tide!

It is normally possible to moor at Hammersmith Pier for a few hours. There is a charge for this (currently £3). Longer term moorings may be available by arrangement -- enquire on the pier. The Dove public house is on the riverside next to the pier, and there are at least half a dozen other pubs within strolling distance. Hammersmith town centre is about ten minutes walk away and has a good range of shops.

Just below Hammersmith Pier are Alan See's boatyard and moorings. Although there are no visitors' moorings here, there is a dry dock and a variety of marine tradesmen on hand to help out with any problems. If you plan to stop here, bear in mind that these moorings dry out at low water. Alan See can be contacted on 020 8748 7738.

Between Hammersmith bridge and Putney there are severe shoals which may cause problems at low water, particularly towards the Middlesex shore. Even shallow draft boats such as narrow boats have been spotted firmly aground here. If you need to use this reach at or around low water, keep approximately two thirds of the way across towards the Surrey shore, and don't go too fast.

Along Putney Embankment there are numerous rowing and sailing clubs. Take care not to interfere with racing, and remember that rowers generally can't see where they are going!

Before Wandsworth Bridge the river Wandle joins the Thames on the Surrey side. Navigation of the Wandle is allegedly possible at certain states of the tide by small craft, as far as the railway bridge (all of 200 yards).

Almost opposite is Hurlingham Wharf where Blue Circle Cement still have regular deliveries by river. Keep well clear if the pier is in use.

The speed limit between Teddington and Wandsworth Bridge is 8 knots (9 miles per hour). Below Wandsworth Bridge there is no set limit. However excessive speeding which creates undue wash, or causes damage or annoyance to other river users or the owners of shore property or moored craft is actionable. The Port of London Authority advises that damage may be caused by craft exceeding ten knots and that fines for causing damage by speeding can be as high as £1,000.

This page includes information from
London's Waterway Guide
with the kind permission of the publishers
"Imray, Laurie, Norrie & Wilson"

 

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