River Thames (tidal section)
The River Thames (tidal section) is a tidal river and is part of the River Thames. It runs for 27 miles and 1¾ furlongs through 1 lock from Teddington Lock Weir Exit (where it joins the River Thames (below Oxford)) to Thames Flood Barrier (where it joins the River Thames (tidal section below the flood barrier)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 250 feet long and 26 feet and 7 inches wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
It has junctions with the Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford) at Thames - Grand Union Canal Junction; with the Lee and Stort Navigation (Bow Creek) at Bow Creek Junction and with the Grand Union Canal (Regent's Canal) at Limehouse Basin Entrance.The navigational authority for this waterway is Port of London Authority
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 60M - River Thames (All) Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 59M - River Thames (Lower) Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 1 - Grand Union, Oxford & the South East
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 7 - River Thames and Southern Waterways
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|Teddington Lock Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir.
|Entrance to Outdoor Education Centre
Thames Young Mariners Outdoor Education Centre
|3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Swan Island (Richmond upon Thames)||4¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Eel Pie Island||1 mile and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Hammerton's Ferry||1 mile and 4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Glover's Island||2 miles||0 locks|
|Richmond Bridge (River Thames)||2 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Corporation Island||2 miles and 5¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Flowerpot Islands||2 miles and 6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Richmond Railway Bridge||2 miles and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Twickenham Bridge||3 miles||0 locks|
|Richmond Lock and Footbridge
For 2 hours each side of high tide the weirs are lifted. At other times the lock must be used.
|3 miles and 1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Isleworth Ait||3 miles and 5½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Isleworth Wharf and London Apprentice PH||3 miles and 7 furlongs||1 lock|
|Brentford Dock Marina||5 miles||1 lock|
|Thames - Grand Union Canal Junction
Junction of Grand Union Canal (Main Line) and the River Thames
|5 miles and ¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Lot's Ait||5 miles and 1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Brentford Ait||5 miles and 3¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Kew Bridge||5 miles and 5½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Oliver's Island||6 miles||1 lock|
|Kew Railway Bridge||6 miles and ¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Chiswick Bridge||6 miles and 7¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Barnes Railway Bridge
It can also be crossed on foot, and is one of only three bridges in London to combine pedestrian and rail use.
|7 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Chiswick Eyot||8 miles and 6½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Hammersmith Bridge||9 miles and 4¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames - Beverley Brook Junction
Junction of the River Thames and the Beverley Brook
|10 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Putney Bridge||11 miles and 2 furlongs||1 lock|
|Fulham Railway Bridge
The bridge can also be crossed on foot, on the downstream (east) side.
|11 miles and 3¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames - Wandle Junction
Junction of the River Thames and the River Wandle
|12 miles and ¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Wandsworth Bridge||12 miles and 3 furlongs||1 lock|
|Battersea Railway Bridge||13 miles and ½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Chelsea Harbour||13 miles and 1¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames - Counter's Creek Junction
Junction of the River Thames and Counter's Creek (Kensington Canal)
|13 miles and 3 furlongs||1 lock|
|Battersea Road Bridge||13 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Albert Bridge||13 miles and 7¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Chelsea Bridge||14 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Grosvenor Canal Entrance||14 miles and 6 furlongs||1 lock|
|Grosvenor Bridge||14 miles and 6½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Battersea Power Station||14 miles and 7¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Vauxhall Bridge||15 miles and 6¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Lambeth Bridge||16 miles and 2¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|The Houses of Parliament||16 miles and 4¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Westminster Bridge||16 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|London Eye||16 miles and 7¼ furlongs||1 lock|
Flanked by two cable-stayed, pedestrian bridges which are properly named the Golden Jubilee Bridges.
|17 miles and ¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Waterloo Bridge||17 miles and 2¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Blackfriars Road Bridge||17 miles and 7¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Blackfriars Railway Bridge||17 miles and 7¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Millennium Bridge||18 miles and 1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Southwark Bridge||18 miles and 3 furlongs||1 lock|
|Cannon Street Railway Bridge||18 miles and 4 furlongs||1 lock|
|London Bridge||18 miles and 5½ furlongs||1 lock|
|HMS Belfast||18 miles and 7¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Tower of London||19 miles and 1¼ furlongs||1 lock|
140 foot headroom when open
|19 miles and 2 furlongs||1 lock|
|St Katharine Docks||19 miles and 3 furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames - Neckinger Junction
St Saviour's Dock, junction of the River Thames and the River Neckinger
|19 miles and 4½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Wapping Old Stairs||20 miles and ¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Canada and Surrey Water
Canada Water is a freshwater lake and wildlife refuge linked to Surrey Water via an ornamental canal, Albion Channel.
|20 miles and 4½ furlongs||1 lock|
The most significant body of water surviving from the historical London Docks - No Access.
|20 miles and 5½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Limehouse Basin Entrance
Entrance to the Grand Union Canal (Regent's Canal)
|21 miles and ¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Old Limehouse Cut Entrance
Disused and partly infilled
|21 miles and 1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Canary Wharf – Rotherhithe Ferry||21 miles and 4½ furlongs||1 lock|
|West India Dock Entrance||21 miles and 5¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Greenland Dock||22 miles and 1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|South Dock Marina||22 miles and 2¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames - Ravensbourne Junction
Junction of the River Thames and the River Ravensbourne
|23 miles and 1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Greenwich Pier and Foot Tunnel
Cutty Sark and Greenwich Naval College
|23 miles and 4¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|South West India Dock Entrance||24 miles and 7 furlongs||1 lock|
|Blackwall Basin||25 miles and ½ furlongs||1 lock|
|East India Dock||25 miles and 3½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Bow Creek Junction
Junction of the River Thames and River Lee - Bow Creek
|25 miles and 5¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Thames Flood Barrier||27 miles and 1¾ furlongs||1 lock|
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Advice notice: South Dock, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - West India Dock Entrance Lock — from Tuesday the 27th of November, 2018 to Friday the 8th of May, 2020.
Wikipedia has a page about River Thames
The River Thames (/tɛmz/ TEMZ) is a river that flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. While it is best known for flowing through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.
The river gives its name to three informal areas: the Thames Valley, a region of England around the river between Oxford and west London; the Thames Gateway; and the greatly overlapping Thames Estuary around the tidal Thames to the east of London and including the waterway itself. Thames Valley Police is a formal body that takes its name from the river, covering three counties.
In an alternative name, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock in south west London, the lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway. The section of the river running through Oxford is traditionally called the Isis.
The administrative powers of the Thames Conservancy have been taken on with modifications by the Environment Agency and, in respect of the Tideway part of the river, such powers are split between the agency and the Port of London Authority.
In non-administrative use, stemming directly from the river and its name are Thames Valley University, Thames Water, Thames Television productions, Thames & Hudson publishing, Thameslink (north-south railways passing through central London) and South Thames College. Historic entities include the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company.
Two broad canals link the river to other river basins: the Kennet and Avon Canal (Reading to Bath) and the Grand Union Canal (London to the Midlands). The Grand Union effectively bypassed the earlier, narrow and winding Oxford Canal which also remains open as a popular scenic recreational route. Three further cross-basin canals are disused but are in various stages of reconstruction: the Thames and Severn Canal (via Stroud), which operated until 1927 (to the west coast of England), the Wey and Arun Canal to Littlehampton, which operated until 1871 (to the south coast), and the Wilts and Berks Canal.
Rowing and sailing clubs are common along the Thames, which is navigable to such vessels. Kayaking and canoeing also take place. Major annual events include the Henley Royal Regatta and the Boat Race, while the Thames has been used during two Summer Olympic Games: 1908 (rowing);1948 (rowing and canoeing). Safe headwaters and reaches are a summer venue for organised swimming, which is prohibited on safety grounds in a stretch centred on Central London. Non-Olympic watersports with a lesser presence include skiffing and punting.