Thursday, 29 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
|The north tip of Teddington Island, from Teddington|
|The south tip of Teddington Island, from Teddington|
|Teddington Island steps|
|Teddington Island bike ramp|
Teddington Island Lock is an impressive feat of engineering. It's composed of three locks and a long, curved weir. The whole complex cascades from one side of the Thames to the other. A wooded, centre island links the lock to the weir as well as supporting the busy Teddington Lock footbridge. An elaborate stilted ramp allows the passage of cyclists. A short track below runs the length of the island to locked gates at either end. Anglers cast from the shore.
|Teddington Lock Island|
|Teddington Lock Island flower beds|
|Teddington Lock Island park|
|Teddington Lock Island lock keeper's cottage|
Teddington Lock Island is a beautifully manicured park, replete with flowered borders, benches and public toilets. The attractive lock keepers cottage is the cherry on the cake.
|Trowlock Island from the Thames Path|
|Trowlock Island chain ferry in action|
|Trowlock Island chain ferry|
|Trowlock Island chain ferry winch|
From the Thames Path it's hard to see that you're walking past Trowlock Island – it looks like a continuation of the far bank. Looping round at Kingston and passing a series of private roads with "No access to the river" eventually brings you to Teddington Sports Hall and a footpath to the sailing club. From here you can observe, if you wait long enough for a resident, the eccentric little chain ferry in action, operated by a cartoon winch. A large sign on the island shore explains just how PRIVATE the island is for its 29 homes and Royal Canoe Club (the world's oldest canoe club).
An undercover report...
|The Small Boat Club hut on Steven's Eyot|
Saturday, 10 September 2011
|This way to Whale Island|
|Welcome to Whale Island|
|The history of Whale Island in five easy steps|
|Grade II listed drill hall, Queen Charlotte figurehead|
|HMS Excellent museum|
|Coffee and biscuits in the HMS Excellent mess|
|Whale Island next to the ferry terminal|
|Aerial view of Whale Island in 1935|
|Aerial view of Whale Island in 1995|