Again with fine weather, Marlow is a lovely place to visit, with parkland right down to the river bank close to the bridge which has the same designer as one over the Danube in Budapest. <Click>.
Marlow town centre.
After a look around here and tea and toast, sat at one of the many pavement cafés, we moved on to Henley, where preparations are well under way for the regatta, with marquees being erected on the bank.
Henley is the home of Hobbs of Henley <Click> who are a long established boat yard and offer both self drive and luxurious river cruises from their base here. After a walk along the river bank, and an ice cream, we had a look around the town centre.
There are many interesting buildings around this area. This particular one houses an antiques shop which is packed, and could take several hours to browse properly if that is your interest.
While we were visiting the area, we saw a narrowboat on the Thames that was based at Great Heywood. Had we chosen to visit by boat from Nantwich, we would have joined the Trent and Mersey canal at Middlewich, on to the BCN and then the Coventry Canal, Northern Oxford Canal, Grand Union Canal, Southern Oxford Canal to Isis Lock where we would join the Thames.
The journey is 225 miles, and presuming an average cruising day of 7 hours, would have taken 16 days to complete! Next it is on to the Basingstoke Canal and a visit to the plush Tylney Hall hotel.