Environmental management - guidance

Boating - River Thames: bridges, locks and facilities for boaters

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

River Thames bridge heights

The 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 6.81 22’4”
Teddington Lock Cut Bridge 5.58 18’4”

River Thames locks

Distances and times between each lock on the River Thames.

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 -

River Thames locks 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’’)

River Thames 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

At Teddington Lock we provide service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

At all other locks, when staff aren’t available to help you because they are operating the weir, maintaining the lock site and facilities or taking a break, we will display blue ‘self service’ signs.

When the ‘self service’ sign is displayed, please follow the lock operation instructions displayed at each lock site. You can use the public powered system at our mechanised locks to make it easier for you to operate them.

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

River Thames 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 River Thames locks

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

Please note: most lock campsites are accessible by boat or on foot only. Parking is not available at all lock campsites - please check when booking.

St John’s

Postcode: GL7 3HA SU 22216 99042 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 252309

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 252434

toilet(s) showers -

Grafton

Postcode: OX18 2RY SU 27146 99233 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 810251

toilet(s) showers water hose for bulk supplies

Radcot

Postcode: SN7 8JT SU 29649 00199 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 240676

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 870218

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1367 870247

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

Northmoor

Postcode: OX13 5JP SP 43143 02137 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 862923

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

Pinkhill

Eynsham, Witney, Oxon Postcode: OX29 4JH SP 44063 07130 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 881 452

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 881324

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 553403

drinking water tap - for portable containers only camping -

Godstow

Postcode: OX2 8PJ SP 48509 08945 Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 554784

No facilities

Osney

Postcode: OX2 0AX SP 50359 05861 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 247050

drinking water tap - for portable containers only - -

Iffley

Postcode: OX4 4EJ SP 52574 03667 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 777277

No facilities

Sandford

Postcode: OX4 4YD SP 53105 01336 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 775889

electric charging point - -

Abingdon

Postcode: OX14 3NW SU 50646 97113 Telephone: +44 (0)1235 523044

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1235 522061

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

Clifton

Postcode: OX14 3EH SU 54699 94720 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 407821

drinking water tap - for portable containers only - -

Days

Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon Postcode: OX14 4RB SU 56882 93586 Telephone: +44 (0)1865 407768

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

Benson

Postcode: OX10 6SL SU 61303 91263 Telephone: +44 (0)1491 835255

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

Cleeve

Postcode: RG8 0JY SU 60064 81820 Telephone: +44 (0)1491 872608

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

Goring

Postcode: RG8 9AE SU 59679 80876 Telephone: +44 (0)1491 872687

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

Whitchurch

Postcode: RG8 7DJ SU 63438 76828 Telephone: +44 (0)118 984 2448

No facilities

Mapledurham

Postcode: RG8 8BE SU 66756 76803 Telephone: +44 (0)118 941 7776

drinking water tap - for portable containers only accessible toilet(s) chemical toilet disposal
sewage pump-out refuse disposal recycling facilities

Caversham

Postcode: RG1 8BP SU 72063 74033 Telephone: +44 (0)118 957 5764

No facilities

Blakes

Postcode: RG1 3DS SU 73077 73868 Telephone: +44 (0)118 957 2251

No facilities

Sonning

Postcode: RG4 0UR SU 25244 75439 Telephone: +44 (0)118 969 3992

toilet(s) - -

Shiplake

Postcode: RG9 3NA SU 77647 78675 Telephone: +44 (0)118 940 3350

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1491 572992

No facilities

Hambleden

Postcode: RG9 3AZ SU 78206 85157 Telephone: +44 (0)1491 571269

refuse disposal recycling facilities (glass only) -

Hurley

Mill Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead, Berks Postcode: SL6 5ND SU 82671 84257 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 824334

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 824333

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

Marlow

Postcode: SL7 1QA SU 85432 86093 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 482867

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

Cookham

Odney Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks Postcode: SL6 9SR SU 90550 85516 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 520752

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 (closed until further notice due to a fault) -

Boulters

Postcode: SL6 8TR SU 90285 82391 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 624205

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

Bray

Postcode: SL6 0EE SU 91007 79769 Telephone: +44 (0)1628 621650

accessible toilet(s) - -

Boveney

Postcode: SL4 6QQ SU 94456 77767 Telephone: +44 (0)1753 862764

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1753 860296

drinking water tap - for portable containers only - -

Old Windsor

Postcode: SL4 2JZ SU 99494 74819 Telephone: +44 (0)1753 861822

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

Bell Weir

Postcode: TW20 0AA TQ 01732 72062 Telephone: +44 (0)1784 432333

toilet(s) - -

Penton Hook

Postcode: TW18 2JA TQ 04390 69487 Telephone: +44 (0)1784 452657

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

Chertsey

Postcode: KT16 8LD TQ 05427 66839 Telephone: +44 (0)1932 562208

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

Shepperton

Postcode: TW17 9LJ TQ 07334 65899 Telephone: +44 (0)1932 221840

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 Telephone: +44 (0)1932 782089

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

Molesey

Postcode: KT8 9AW TQ 15146 68606 Telephone: +44 (0)20 8979 4482

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 Telephone: +44 (0)20 8940 8723

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

Out of hours public power

How to operate locks on the River Thames outside lock keeper hours of duty.

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 and understand the operating instructions at the lock before you operate it.

If you are operating the lock yourself please:

  • 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

Moorings for boats on the River Thames

Some visitor moorings are free; others you need to pay for. The maximum period you can stay varies - check on-site notices for information.

There is more information about mooring your boat in the Mooring your boat on the River Thames factsheet.

Short-stay moorings

Environment Agency short-stay moorings; please contact the lock keeper for any enquiries:

  • 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

Other short stay mooring are available on the River Thames.

Environment Agency base moorings

If you want to moor your boat for longer, you need to find a permanent or ‘base’ mooring.

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

Please complete the application for moorings at River Thames lock sites.

Calculate your mooring charges by referring to our River Thames mooring charges.

Return your completed application form to: 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

  • Between St John’s Lock and Hurley contact Hurley Lock on 01628 824334.
  • Between Temple Lock and Teddington Lock call 03708 506 506 and ask to speak to the Shepperton Waterway Office.
  • You can also email your enquiries for all mooring sites to the West Thames Area Waterways team waterways_west@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Rules of navigation

The Thames speed limit, what you must do and other navigation tips.

What you must do

  • 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

Other navigation tips

  • always keep a good distance from anglers on the riverbank; avoid their tackle and create as little disturbance as possible
  • it’s safer for unpowered boats to enter the lock last
  • powered boats should slow down and maintain a steady course when approaching rowing boats, canoes, sailing boats and swimmers

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