Environmental management – guidance

River Thames: bridges, locks and facilities for boaters

Details of bridge heights and dimensions, locks, facilities and camp sites for boaters on the River Thames.

Bridge heights

The following table gives the distance between the standard water level and the highest point of bridges over the River Thames.

These distances are approximate. Remember that river levels fluctuate. Be aware of any temporary closures or restrictions on the river.

Location Headway (metres) Headway (feet)
Halfpenny Bridge, Lechlade 4.73 15’6”
St John’s Bridge 4.22 13’10”
Bloomers Hole footbridge 3.50 11’6”
Eaton footbridge 2.97 9’9”
Radcot Bridge 3.45 11’4”
Old Man’s footbridge 4.27 14’0”
Tadpole Bridge 4.52 14’10”
Tenfoot footbridge 3.71 12’2”
Shifford Lock Cut Bridge 3.66 12’0”
Newbridge 3.50 11’6”
Hart’s footbridge 3.27 10’9”
Swinford Bridge 4.49 14’9”
Oxford Western-by-pass Bridge 4.11 13’6”
Godstow Bridge 2.56 8’5”
Medley footbridge 3.05 10’1”
Osney Bridge 2.28 7’6”
Osney Railway Bridge 3.55 11’8”
Road Bridge 3.71 12’2”
Grandpont Bridge 3.91 12’10”
Folly Bridge 3.12 10’3”
Donnington Bridge 5.03 16’6”
Isis Bridge 5.03 16’6”
Kennington Railway Bridge 4.11 13’6”
Nuneham Railway Bridge 4.80 15’9”
Abingdon Bridge 4.24 13’11”
Culham Lock Cut Bridge 3.78 12’5”
Culham Road Bridge 4.49 14’9”
Appleford Railway Bridge 3.96 13’0”
Clifton Hampden Bridge 4.09 13’5”
Day’s footbridge 4.64 15’3”
Shillingford Bridge 5.26 17’3”
Wallingford Bridge 5.00 16’5”
Wallingford By-pass Bridge 5.10 16’9”
Moulsford Railway Bridge 6.60 21’8”
Goring Bridge 5.15 16’11”
Gatehampton Railway Bridge 6.96 22’10”
Whitchurch Bridge 4.14 13’7”
Caversham Bridge 4.57 15’0”
Reading Bridge 5.38 17’8”
Sonning Bridge 4.32 14’2”
Shiplake Railway Bridge 5.43 17’10”
Henley Bridge 4.34 14’3”
Hurley Upper Towpath Bridge 3.98 13’1”
Hurley Lower Towpath Bridge 4.39 14’5”
Temple Bridge 6.26 20’6”
Marlow Bridge 3.86 12’8”
Marlow Bypass Bridge 6.02 19’9”
Bourne End Railway Bridge 4.72 15’6”
Cookham Bridge 4.62 15’2”
Cookham Lock Cut Bridge 3.81 12’6”
Boulters Lock Bridge 5.26 17’3”
Maidenhead Bridge 5.66 18’7”
Maidenhead Railway Bridge 9.80 32’2”
M4 Motorway Bridge 7.77 25’6”
Summerleaze Bridge 7.30 24’0”
Windsor Bypass Bridge 6.25 20’6”
Windsor Railway Bridge 5.41 17’9”
Windsor Bridge 4.01 13’2”
Black Pott’s Railway Bridge 5.94 19’6”
Victoria Bridge 6.17 20’3”
Albert Bridge 5.69 18’8”
Old Windsor Lock Cut Bridge 4.34 14’3”
Runnymede (M25) Bridge 7.01 23’0”
Staines Bridge 5.94 19’6”
Staines Railway Bridge 6.40 21’0”
M3 Motorway Bridge 6.50 21’4”
Chertsey Bridge 5.82 19’1”
Desborough Channel Upper Bridge 5.18 17’0”
Desborough Channel Lower Bridge 5.18 17’0”
Walton Bridge 5.56 18’3”
Sunbury Lock Cut Bridge 5.94 19’6”
Hampton Court Bridge 5.92 19’5”
Kingston Bridge 7.29 23’11”
Kingston Railway Bridge 6.51 21’4”
Teddington Lock Cut Bridge 5.58 18’4”

Locks

Distances and times between locks

The time is based on a 8 kilometres per hour (km/h) speed (approximately 5 miles per hour).

Name of lock Distance to next lock downstream (km) Distance to next lock downstream (miles) Time to lock downstream at 8 km/h (minutes)
Cricklade Bridge 18.88 11.73 -
St John’s Lock 1.85 1.15 15
Buscot Lock 5.37 3.34 41
Grafton Lock 2.98 1.85 23
Radcot Lock 4.23 2.63 32
Rushey Lock 6.92 4.30 52
Shifford Lock 7.63 4.74 58
Northmoor Lock 6.21 3.86 47
Pinkhill Lock 2.38 1.48 18
Eynsham Lock 4.37 2.71 33
King’s Lock 1.81 1.13 14
Godstow Lock 3.87 2.40 30
Osney Lock 3.73 2.32 28
Iffley Lock 2.70 1.68 21
Sandford Lock 7.38 4.58 56
Abingdon Lock 4.15 2.58 32
Culham Lock 4.52 2.81 34
Clifton Lock 4.80 2.98 36
Day’s Lock 6.37 3.96 48
Benson Lock 10.46 6.50 79
Cleeve Lock 1.00 0.62 8
Goring Lock 6.55 4.07 50
Whitchurch Lock 3.67 2.28 28
Mapledurham Lock 7.08 4.40 54
Caversham Lock 4.23 2.63 32
Sonning Lock 4.68 2.91 36
Shiplake Lock 4.80 2.59 36
Marsh Lock 4.59 3.24 35
Hambleden Lock 5.89 3.66 45
Hurley Lock 1.03 0.64 8
Temple Lock 2.7 1.68 22
Marlow Lock 6.44 4.0 49
Cookham Lock 3.35 2.08 26
Boulters Lock 3.43 2.13 26
Bray Lock 5.10 3.17 39
Boveney Lock 3.75 2.33 29
Romney Lock 4.83 3.00 37
Old Windsor Lock 4.94 2.92 36
Bell Weir Lock 4.33 2.84 35
Penton Hook Lock 3.13 1.95 24
Chertsey Lock 3.32 2.06 25
Shepperton Lock 4.75 2.95 36
Sunbury Lock 4.79 2.98 36
Molesey Lock 7.74 4.81 59
Teddington Lock 0.39 0.24 -

Lock dimensions

Dimensions in metres (feet in brackets).

Lock Length Width Depth upper sill Depth lower sill Fall
St John’s 33.60 (110’3’’) 4.52 (14’10’’) 1.32 (4’4’’) 1.32 (4’4’’) 0.85 (2’10’’)
Buscot 33.47 (109’10’’) 4.47 (14’8’’) 1.47 (4’10’’) 1.47 (4’10’’) 1.69 (5’7’’)
Grafton 34.59 (113’6’’) 4.59 (15’1’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 1.44 (4’9’’) 1.11 (3’8’’)
Radcot 34.59 (113’6’’) 4.57 (15’0’’) 1.49 (4’11’’) 1.54 (5’1’’) 1.48 (4’10’’)
Rushey 34.59 (113’6’’) 4.59 (15’1’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 1.52 (5’0’’) 1.82 (6’0’’)
Shifford 34.64 (113’8’’) 4.59 (15’1’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 1.60 (5’3’’) 2.23 (7’4’’)
Northmoor 34.59 (113’6’’) 4.59 (15’1’’) 1.65 (5’5’’) 1.44 (4’9’’) 1.24 (4’1’’)
Pinkhill 34.59 (113’6’’) 4.90 (16’1’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 1.62 (5’4’’) 1.05 (3’6’’)
Eynsham 34.51 (113’3’’) 4.97 (16’4’’) 1.65 (5’5’’) 1.72 (5’8’’) 0.84 (2’9’’)
King’s 34.46 (113’1’’) 4.97 (16’4’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 1.67 (5’6’’) 0.77 (2’6’’)
Godstow 33.52 (110’0’’) 4.95 (16’3’’) 1.52 (5’0’’) 1.62 (5’4’’) 1.57 (5’2’’)
Osney 34.64 (113’8’’) 5.25 (17’3’’) 2.74 (9’0’’) 2.10 (6’11’’) 1.89 (6’3’’)
Iffley 46.96 (154’1’’) 6.47 (21’3’’) 2.26 (7’5’’) 2.26 (7’5’’) 0.81 (2’8’’)
Sandford 53.03 (174’0’’) 6.62 (21’9’’) 2.31 (7’7’’) 2.31 (7’7’’) 2.69 (8’10’’)
Abingdon 36.57 (120’0’’) 5.71 (18’9’’) 2.64 (8’8’’) 1.52 (5’0’’) 1.89 (6’2’’)
Culham 39.87 (130’10’’) 5.33 (17’6’’) 2.41 (7’1’’) 1.62 (5’4’’) 2.41 (7’11’’)
Clifton 39.57 (129’10’’) 5.79 (19’0’’) 2.36 (7’0’’) 1.75 (5’9’’) 1.03 (3’5’’)
Day’s 46.93 (154’10’’) 6.45 (21’2’’) 2.26 (7’5’’) 1.93 (6’4’’) 1.58 (5’2’’)
Benson 40.56 (133’1’’) 5.46 (17’11’’) 2.23 (7’4’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 1.87 (6’2’’)
Cleeve 40.71 (133’7’’) 5.53 (18’2’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 2.22 (7’3’’) 0.89 (2’11’’)
Goring 54.68 (179’5’’) 6.40 (21’0’’) 2.97 (9’9’’) 2.56 (8’5’’) 1.77 (5’10’’)
Whitchurch 41.22 (135’3’’) 5.48 (18’0’’) 1.85 (6’1’’) 1.93 (6’4’’) 1.01 (3’4’’)
Mapledurham 61.69 (202’5’’) 6.42 (21’1’’) 2.18 (7’2’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 2.05 (6’9’’)
Caversham 40.03 (131’4’’) 5.46 (17’11’’) 1.82 (6’0’’) 1.88 (6’2’’) 1.44 (4’9’’)
Blake’s 37.39 (122’8’’) 5.75 (18’11’’) 1.80 (5’11’’) 1.63 (5’5’’) 1.07 (3’6’’)
Sonning 47.57 (156’1’’) 5.46 (17’11’’) 2.00 (6’7’’) 1.93 (6’4’’) 1.63 (5’4’’)
Shiplake 40.64 (133’4’’) 5.56 (18’3’’) 1.98 (6’6’’) 1.90 (6’3’’) 1.55 (5’1’’)
Marsh 41.91 (135’2’’) 6.42 (21’1’’) 2.18 (7’2’’) 2.18 (7’2’’) 1.33 (4’4’’)
Hambleden 59.63 (195’7’’) 7.74 (25’5’’) 2.20 (7’3’’) 2.20 (7’3’’) 1.44 (4’9’’)
Hurley 39.82 (130’8’’) 6.07 (19’11’’) 1.88 (6’2’’) 1.88 (6’2’’) 1.05 (3’5’’)
Temple 41.02 (134’7’’) 5.46 (17’11’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 2.10 (6’11’’) 1.23 (4’1’’)
Marlow 46.10 (151’3’’) 6.07 (19’11’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 1.95 (6’5’’) 2.16 (7’1’’)
Cookham 55.77 (183’0’’) 7.62 (25’0’’) 2.51 (8’3’’) 2.48 (8’2’’) 1.30 (4’3’’)
Boulter’s 60.80 (199’6’’) 6.47 (21’3’’) 3.12 (10’3’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 2.39 (7’10’’)
Bray 40.94 (134’4’’) 5.46 (17’11’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 1.46 (4’9’’)
Boveney 45.59 (149’7’’) 5.43 (17’10’’) 2.38 (7’10’’) 2.13 (7’0’’) 1.47 (4’10’’)
Romney 78.50 (257’7’’) 7.45 (24’5’’) 2.83 (9’3’’) 2.62 (8’7’’) 2.01 (6’7’’)
Old Windsor 54.55 (179’0’’) 7.36 (24’2’’) 2.48 (8’2’’) 2.54 (8’4’’) 1.74 (5’9’’)
Bell Weir 78.51 (257’7’’) 7.44 (24’5’’) 2.61 (8’7’’) 2.61 (8’7’’) 1.82 (6’0’’)
Penton Hook 81.28 (266’8’’) 7.56 (24’10’’) 2.74 (9’0’’) 2.56 (8’5’’) 1.22 (4’0’’)
Chertsey 61.16 (200’8’’) 6.40 (21’0’’) 2.66 (8’9’’) 2.46 (8’9’’) 1.22 (4’0’’)
Shepperton 53.16 (174’5’’) 6.04 (19’10’’) 2.43 (8’0’’) 2.59 (8’6’’) 2.03 (6’8’’)
Sunbury Old 47.15 (154’8’’) 5.86 (19’3’’) 3.07 (10’1’’) 2.26 (7’5’’) 1.87 (6’2’’)
Sunbury New 62.78 (206’0’’) 7.41 (24’4’’) 2.76 (9’1’’) 2.48 (8’2’’) 1.87 (6’2’’)
Molesey 81.78 (268’4’’) 7.56 (24’10’’) 2.84 (9’4’’) 2.41 (7’11’’) 1.85 (6’1’’)
Teddington Barge 198.12 (650’0’’) 7.54 (24’9’’) 3.15 (10’4’’) 2.61 (8’7’’) 2.68 (8’10’’)
Teddington Launch 54.22 (177’11’’) 7.41 (24’4’’) 4.26 (14’0’’) 2.79 (9’2’’) 2.68 (8’10’’)
Teddington Skiff 15.08 (49’6’’) 1.77 (5’10’’) 1.09 (3’7’’) 1.34 (4’5’’) 2.68 (8’10’’)

Lock keeper hours of duty

Month Start Finish
January 9:15am 4pm
February 9:15am 4pm
March 9:15am 4pm
April 9am 5pm
May 9am 6pm
June 9am 6pm
July 9am 6:30pm
August 9am 6:30pm
September 9am 6pm
October 9am 5pm
November 9:15am 4pm
December 9:15am 4pm

Lunch break: 1pm to 2pm

Teddington Lock has a 24 hour service all year.

At all other locks, you need to operate the lock yourself when the blue ‘self service’ signs are displayed.

For full details of the service lock keepers offer on the River Thames see theWaterways Customer Charter.

Maximum drafts

Depths of water between Cricklade and Teddington in the River Thames.

Sometimes, parts of the River Thames between Cricklade and Inglesham are only navigable by small boats. Below Lechlade the navigation channel is normally available for boats of the following approximate drafts:

  • Lechlade to Oxford - 0.9m or 3’0”
  • Oxford to Reading - 1.2m or 4’0”
  • Reading to Windsor - 1.3m or 4’6”
  • Windsor to Staines - 1.7m or 5’6”
  • Staines to Teddington - 2.0m or 6’6”

Facilities at locks

Toilets, drinking water and electricity are available at most River Thames locks.

Most lock campsites are accessible by boat or on foot only. Parking is not available at all lock campsites - you need to check when booking.

St John’s

Postcode: GL7 3HA
SU 22216 99042

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilets
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • electric charging point
  • recycling facilities

Buscot

Postcode: SN7 8DA
SU 23016 98092

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)
  • showers

Grafton

Postcode: OX18 2RY
SU 27146 99233

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)
  • showers
  • water hose for bulk supplies

Radcot

Postcode: SN7 8JT
SU 29649 00199

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • water hose for bulk supplies

Rushey

Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh, Nr. Faringdon, Oxon
Postcode: SN7 8RF
SP 32301 00075

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • camping (1 April to 31 October)
  • showers
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • recycling facilities

Shifford

Chimney, Bampton, Oxon
Postcode: OX18 2EJ
SP 37049 01064

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)
  • camping (Good Friday to 30 September)
  • showers
  • water hose for bulk supplies
  • electric charging point

Northmoor

Postcode: OX13 5JP
SP 43143 02137

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • showers

Pinkhill

Eynsham, Witney, Oxon
Postcode: OX29 4JH
SP 44063 07130

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • camping (1 April to 30 September)
  • showers

Eynsham

Swinford Bridge, Eynsham, Oxon
Postcode: OX29 4BY
SP 44471 08649

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • camping (all year)
  • showers
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose provided for bulk supplies
  • recycling facilities

Kings

Godstow Road, Oxford
Postcode: OX2 8PY
SP 47901 10267

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • camping

Godstow

Postcode: OX2 8PJ
SP 48509 08945

No facilities

Osney

Postcode: OX2 0AX
SP 50359 05861

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only

Iffley

Postcode: OX4 4EJ
SP 52574 03667

No facilities

Sandford

Postcode: OX4 4YD
SP 53105 01336

Facilities include:

  • electric charging point

Abingdon

Postcode: OX14 3NW
SU 50646 97113

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose for bulk supplies

Culham

Postcode: OX14 4NE
SU 50767 94872

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)

Clifton

Postcode: OX14 3EH
SU 54699 94720

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only

Days

Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon
Postcode: OX14 4RB
SU 56882 93586

Facilities include:

  • camping (season: Good Friday to 30 September)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • refuse disposal

Benson

Postcode: OX10 6SL
SU 61303 91263

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • electric charging point

Cleeve

Postcode: RG8 0JY
SU 60064 81820

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • water hose provided for bulk supplies

Goring

Postcode: RG8 9AE
SU 59679 80876

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • refuse disposal
  • electric charging point
  • recycling facilities

Whitchurch

Postcode: RG8 7DJ
SU 63438 76828

No facilities

Mapledurham

Postcode: RG8 8BE
SU 66756 76803

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal (not available from 16 March 2015 for about 6 weeks)
  • recycling facilities (not available from 16 March 2015 for about 6 weeks)

The refuse and recycling services are temporarily suspended while the vehicle access bridge to the lock over Scrace’s Farm Stream is being replaced. The Environment Agency apologises for any inconvenience caused while this essential work is carried out.

Caversham

Postcode: RG1 8BP
SU 72063 74033

No facilities

Blakes

Postcode: RG1 3DS
SU 73077 73868

No facilities

Sonning

Postcode: RG4 0UR
SU 25244 75439

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)

Shiplake

Postcode: RG9 3NA
SU 77647 78675

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose provided for bulk supplies
  • electric charging point

Marsh

Postcode: RG9 4HB
SU 77408 81668

No facilities

Hambleden

Postcode: RG9 3AZ
SU 78206 85157

Facilities include:

  • refuse disposal
  • recycling facilities (glass only)

Hurley

Mill Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead, Berks
Postcode: SL6 5ND
SU 82671 84257

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • camping (1 April to 30 September)
  • showers
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose provided for bulk supplies

Temple

Postcode: SL7 1SA
SU 83717 84374

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • refuse disposal

Marlow

Postcode: SL7 1QA
SU 85432 86093

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)

Cookham

Odney Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks
Postcode: SL6 9SR
SU 90550 85516

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)
  • camping (1 April to 30 September)
  • showers
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose for bulk supplies
  • electric charging point

Boulters

Postcode: SL6 8TR
SU 90285 82391

Facilities include:

  • water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • accessible toilet(s)

Bray

Postcode: SL6 0EE
SU 91007 79769

Facilities include:

  • accessible toilet(s)

Boveney

Postcode: SL4 6QQ
SU 94456 77767

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • showers
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose for bulk supplies

Romney

Postcode: SL4 6HU
SU 97002 77872

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only

Old Windsor

Postcode: SL4 2JZ
SU 99494 74819

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • electric charging point

Bell Weir

Postcode: TW20 0AA
TQ 01732 72062

Facilities include:

  • toilet(s)

Penton Hook

Postcode: TW18 2JA
TQ 04390 69487

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • refuse disposal

Chertsey

Postcode: KT16 8LD
TQ 05427 66839

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • water hose provided for bulk supplies

Shepperton

Postcode: TW17 9LJ
TQ 07334 65899

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal

Sunbury

Postcode: KT12 2JD
Old - TQ 10967 68546
New - TQ 10967 68546

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • accessible toilet(s)
  • chemical toilet disposal

Molesey

Postcode: KT8 9AW
TQ 15146 68606

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • showers
  • chemical toilet disposal
  • sewage pump-out
  • refuse disposal
  • water hose for bulk supplies
  • electric charging point

Teddington

Postcode: TW11 9NG
Barge - TQ 16609 71631
Launch - TQ 16609 71631
Skiff - TQ 16609 71631

Facilities include:

  • drinking water tap - for portable containers only
  • toilet(s)
  • water hose for bulk supplies

Out of hours public power

When locks are unattended you may work them yourself, at your own risk. Some locks have power which makes them easier to operate. Operating instructions are also posted at locks.

Read the operating instructions before you operate the lock

If you are operating the lock yourself:

  • stay close to the sluice controls while the sluices are in operation
  • lock gates must always be properly closed before slowly opening the sluices to fill or empty the lock
  • leave the lock empty and shut the gates after use - in many cases there is a public right of way over the gates
  • in an emergency you should close all sluices before dealing with the situation
  • emergency contact details are displayed at each lock

Short-stay moorings

Unless signs state otherwise, you’re allowed to moor for up to 24 hours at Environment Agency short-stay moorings.

You may have to pay a fee at some sites, either for mooring at any time, or after an initial free period.

Signs will usually show the charges payable. By mooring - you’re agreeing to pay them.

Call 03708 506 506 if you have any queries and ask to speak to the lock nearest to the mooring site you’re interested in.

Penalties

You may be penalized by the Environment Agency if you stay longer than you’re allowed or moor without permission, this could include:

  • penalty charges
  • suspension of your boat registration
  • removal of your boat under court order (at the owner’s expense)

Where you can find Environment Agency short-stay moorings

You can find short-stay moorings at:

  • Lechlade - Riverside
  • Eynsham
  • Oxford - East Street
  • Sandford Lock
  • Sandford-on-Thames
  • Abingdon
  • Goring
  • Reading - Kennet Mouth
  • Sonning
  • Wargrave
  • Henley Bridge - Singers Wharf
  • Marlow
  • Boveney
  • Windsor - Road Bridge
  • Staines
  • Egham
  • Laleham
  • Chertsey
  • Weybridge
  • Desborough - Desborough Island, old river
  • Walton
  • Sunbury Lock Towpath (managed jointly with the local authority)
  • Kingston Railway Wharf
  • Molesey Hurst Park

Base moorings

If you keep, or mainly use, your boat on the River Thames you must have a proper base mooring (ie somewhere to put your boat when you’re not cruising, such as a marina berth).

If you live on your boat as your only place of residence, you need to have an approved residential mooring.

Where you can find Environment Agency base moorings

You’ll find base moorings at:

  • St John’s Lock
  • Buscot Lock
  • Radcot Lock
  • Pinkhill Lock
  • Eynsham Lock
  • Kings Lock
  • Godstow Lock
  • Iffley Lock
  • Days Lock
  • Benson Lock
  • Cleeve Lock
  • Goring Lock
  • Mapledurham Lock
  • Blakes Lock
  • Sonning Lock
  • Shiplake Lock
  • Marsh Lock
  • Hambleden Lock
  • Hurley Lock
  • Temple Lock
  • Cookham Lock
  • Bray Lock
  • Boveney Lock
  • Old Windsor Lock
  • Bell Weir Lock
  • Penton Hook Lock
  • Chertsey Lock
  • Shepperton Lock
  • Sunbury Lock
  • Molesey Lock

Apply for an Environment Agency base mooring

Calculate your mooring charges.

Fill in the application for moorings at River Thames lock sites and send it to the relevant address.

For moorings at locks from St Johns to Hurley.

Hurley Lock
Mill Lane
Hurley
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 5ND

For moorings at locks from Temple to Teddington.

Shepperton Navigation Office
Shepperton Lock
Shepperton
Middlesex
TW17 9LJ

Enquiries about Environment Agency base moorings

Email: waterways_west@environment-agency.gov.uk for all Environment Agency base moorings on the River Thames.

You can also call the Environment Agency for moorings:

  • between St John’s Lock and Hurley - call 01628 824334 (Hurley Lock)
  • between Temple Lock and Teddington Lock - call 03708 506 506 and ask to speak to the Shepperton Waterway Office

Email updates and newsletter

You can subscribe to newsletters and email updates on River Thames closures and restrictions.

Email riverthames@environment-agency.gov.uk with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.

Say whether you want to subscribe to:

  • closures and restrictions emails
  • newsletter emails
  • both

Rules of navigation

When boating on the River Thames:

  • the maximum speed for power driven boats upstream of Teddington is 8km per hour (approx 5 miles per hour)
  • obey the Thames navigation byelaws
  • all boats on the River Thames must be registered with the Environment Agency
  • steer on the right hand side when it is safe and practical
  • avoid turning your boat near bridges, bends and locks
  • don’t turn across the bows of oncoming boats; wait until it’s safe
  • keep a sharp look out at all times for any hazards, taking action when necessary; if in doubt, slow down or stop
  • always take care when overtaking and keep clear of other boats
  • near bridges or sharp bends, boats going upstream must give way to boats coming downstream