About this time tomorrow morning I shall be afloat in a rowing boat (!) with a crew or two from my Oxford College – St Hugh’s, for a quick lap of the river before I get into one of my sparkly boats (the lovely Krissy or Nelson) to start heading downstream towards Tower Bridge over the next few days.
Below is the schedule and rough ETAs into some of the places en route. Check Twitter for live updates (@SarahOuten) or follow leads from front page of this site. Keep an eye on the YB tracker updates on the funky ZeroSixZero map here to follow progress in real time and if you want to work out where to come and meet/cheer/paddle or ride with us.
KAYAK LEG: Oxford to Tower Bridge along the River Thames
30th October to 3rd November – Keep checking for real-time updates on Twitter and YB tracking map. Times are estimates and may change.
Come and cheer Sarah en route to Tower Bridge or, if you have a kayak and are self sufficient, join in for a stretch on the water, or a jog/cycle down the tow path.
Sarah will paddle at roughly 3 miles per hour on the river above Teddington, with quick stops en route
All paddlers must have appropriate Waterways licence/insurance and we take no responsibility for anyone’s safety outside of Team L2L.
Day 1: Friday 30th October
Godstow/Oxford to Crowmarsh Gifford: 27 miles
0/0830: DEPART GODSTOW
3/0930: Oxford College Boat Houses Stretch of the Isis (on Christ Church Meadow) (Pause for friends)
4/1030: Donnington Bridge/Falcon/CORC
8/ 1140: Lower Radley
26/ 1845: Crowmarsh Gifford / Bridge Villa Campsite – OX10 8HB – ETA 1900
Day 2: Saturday 31st October
* Crowmarsh Gifford – Hurley Riverside Park: 30 miles
PROVISIONAL DEPART TIME: 0700
24/1750: Henley –on-Thames
27/1850: Hurley Riverside Park -SL6 5NE – ETA 1800
Day 3: Sunday 1st November
Hurley Riverside Park to Chertsey Camping and Caravan Club: 27 miles
PROVISIONAL LAUNCH TIME: 0700
0/0700: Hurley Riverside Park
27/ 1800: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park – KT16 8JX – Arrival ETA 1730 -1800
Day 4: Monday 2nd November
Cherssey to Hampton Wick/RCC: 12 miles
PROVISIONAL LAUNCH TIME: 0900
0/0900: Chertsey Camping and Caravan Park
5/1040: Sunbury Lock
8/1200: Molesley Lock
9/1230: Thames Ditton
12/1400: Hampton Wick/ Royal Canoe Club – TW11 9QY
Day 5: Tuesday 3rd November
Hampton Wick/RCC to Tower Bridge: 18 miles
* THIS SECTION IS TIDAL, BUSY WITH TRAFFIC AND IT IS ONLY RECOMMENDED THAT COMPETENT PADDLERS JOIN AS FAR AS PUTNEY BRIDGE. From Putney to Tower Bridge, Sarah will be escorted by an organized group from various London kayak clubs, friends and her original club Rutland Canoe Club….and of course, her L2L paddling partner Justine Curgenven.
Further guidance from the Port of London Authority for paddling on
the tidal Thames, can be found at: www.boatingonthethames.co.uk/Paddling
0700 LAUNCH: RCC Hampton Wick
0800 Kew Bridge
0915 Chiswick Bridge
0925 Barnes Railway Bridge
0950 Hammersmith Bridge
1015 Putney Bridge
1030 Wandsworth Bridge
1050 Albert Bridge
1100 Chelsea Bridge
1115 Vauxhall Bridge
1120 Lambeth Bridge
1125 Westminster Bridge
1130 Waterloo Bridge
1140 Millennium Bridge
1145 London Bridge
1200 Tower Bridge – FINISH!
TOWER BRIDGE ARRIVAL
Come and cheer Sarah on as she kayaks under Tower Bridge at midday on Tuesday 3rd November, 4.5 years after she paddled under it for the first time at the start of the journey.
A HUGE welcome home Sarah! I’m so gutted I can’t get away from Scotland commitments to cheer you past the finishing line. 🙁
How about a valedictory paddle down the Clyde – or even Water of Leith! – for your Scots supporters?!
Go for it Sarah. A very happy day for your family and supporters. Raining in Rutland but hope you manage a few dry and sunny hours on this final push.
Good luck Sarah – you’re nearly home – we’ve followed you all the way – you are an inspiration – go for it!!!
Congratulations from one adventurer to another!! Well done. You are an inspiration!!
Sarah, after following you on your Pacific ocean leg, your North American leg, and in particular the very difficult northern Atlantic route I am so JOYOUS for you! Blessings on this home stretch along the Thames!
Elizabeth Cunningham, Mount Albert Ont Canada
Well done, Sarah, we have been following your progress since you left Anchorage, you are a wonderful example of endurance, fortitude and determination! We are so happy that your long journey is almost at an end, congratulations, and every good wish, always!
Roy and Glennis Ireland,
Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy yaaaay YAAAAY!
Hurray Sarah ! You have arrived ! what an exciting day ! So happy for you ! We in Duxbury are raising our glasses to you !
Congratulations Sarah – you made my daughter’s day on Saturday when she was able to exclaim “What dad, you didn’t stop and say hello to Sarah Outen?” I was paddling up to Goring as you paddled down by Pangbourne College boathouse. She was downstream, and did stop and say hello from her pink marathon kayak. I love meeting World beaters – and she will remind me for years to come – that I just paddled on. A huge well done to you and your team.
Parabéns, Sarah! Aguardo a publicação de seu livro. 🙂