The Gateway to the non-tidal Thames
Navigation Information - scroll down for info and useful EA , BW and PLA links.
River and Canal Navigation Links
EA Links :-
Check for Flood Warnings in the area before you leave :-
- Or choose your area from the national EA flood warnings main page :- Click Here
BW Link to new Thames VHF rules :-
PLA Links :-
Tide Tables :-
Tide Tables - Click Here
You will need Acrobat Reader to view the tables, it can be downloaded for free from the PLA's website , just click on the yellow 'Get Acrobat Reader' box.
Notices to Mariners : -
Notices to Mariners - Click Here
Recreational Users Guide :-
Journey times downstream and some tips :-
If you are arriving at Teddington Lock in a narrowboat and are looking to head downstream to Brentford or Limehouse please bear the following points in mind.
Try to arrive at Teddington approx ½ hour before High Water Teddington ( not London Bridge) This will mean that by the time we have locked you through, you should be entering the tideway at slack water more or less. We recommend that narrowboats use the ebb tide to take them downstream as they just aren’t made to ‘punch’ the tide(although there will be exceptions).
Limehouse Lock is about 3 ½ hours downstream of Teddington. The opening hours are the same as Brentford, and the pre-booking advice is the same. If you arrive at Limehouse and the keepers have gone home, the pontoon outside is a miserable place to spend any amount of time believe me !
Added 31st March 08 :- LIMEHOUSE HAS NO WAITING FACILITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE , THE PONTOONS ARE DAMAGED AND AWAITING REPAIR. IF IN ANY DOUBT , RING LIMEHOUSE LOCK BEFORE LEAVING.
When heading downstream always take into account the journey times as they can vary by up to ½ hour depending on how busy we are at the lock or how busy the river below us is. Always leave enough time to complete your journey safely. A night out on the tideway moored to a rubbish barge , a buoy or a bucking pontoon is no fun at all. If HW Teddington is 1645 hrs then you have a pretty good chance of making it into Brentford by 1800 hrs ( a phone call can help! ) but if HW Teddington is not until 1715 hours then you probably wont make it and have a night out on the pontoon to look forward to !
If in doubt, or if you haven’t done the journey before, then err on the side of caution, there are some nice pubs in Teddington !
As always , if you need any advice or clarification , just give the lock keepers at Teddington a buzz.
Teddington Lock – 0208 940 8723
Brentford Lock – 0208 568 2779
Limehouse Lock – 0207 308 9930
London VTS - 0208 855 0315
Heading Upstream from Brentford or Limehouse ?
- Do not enter the Barge lock just because you see it is open. The Launch lock is more suitable for smaller private craft, but is out of sight from the main channel to the right of the lock island on which the signals are placed.
Contrary to every guide book i have seen so far ( River Thames book , Imray guide etc. ) we do not have the flashing crosses and arrows any more (these were replaced about 10 years ago, so it shows how often the guides are updated!) We now have simple RED and GREEN traffic lights for each lock. Watch the lights and you won't go far wrong !!
- A lay-by for mooring, to await lock opening is provided on the island between the signals and the Launch lock. If we are really busy, please be prepared to moor up , raft out or mill about below the lock. However, when there is not much traffic it may be necessary to moor up and politely tell the lock keeper that you are waiting to pass through the lock, as they may be busy elsewhere on the island or in the office issuing licences .... do not sit outside tooting your horn as this will just annoy the lock-keepers ....
- Any craft not registered with the EA will need to be licensed before they may go upstream of Teddington. Visitors licenses may be purchased from the lock keeper, who will either sort out the paperwork while you are locking up or, more likely will ask you to moor up on the lay-by once through the lock and walk back to the office once you have had a cup of tea. This will give us time to clear the traffic and be in a position to issue you your licence. If you walk back immediately on a busy day, chances are you will have a long wait as we will be locking boats up and down like mad. Much better to wait on your boat (with a drink) than on the lock side , unless you like watching boats of course !