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Dear all

Not posted for a while .

The wife and I have decided to go off on the boat for three months,were based on the kennet and avon and would like to start off going through London on the canal system then up towards Bishop Stortford.

After wed come back then up the Grand Union and wherever after that.Any advice on moorings etc would be great.

We can always change the route as weve got time to go where we wish

Ta 

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Not sure if you intend going on the Thames to Brentford or Limehouse? If the former, the bit through London gets quite grim in places, (between bulls bridge and Paddington, though there are decent bits ie Horsenden Hill). You should be able to stay in the Paddington Basin too. Sure the Regents is nice. Hertford Union and first bit of the Lea don't bother stopping. You won't get a look in at Victoria park anyway.
The Lea really gets into its own once you reach Stanstead Abbots, and there is a big boat yard there. All the places are nice, Ware, Hertford etc, you really can't go wrong. When you get to Hertford - make sure to have the Brisket on a Sunday (if they still do it) - it's the waterside pub right at the end of the line, you can't miss it.

The Stort is great - definitely stop at Sawbridgeworth - lovely spot. 

If heading north up the GU, it gets nice-ish from Yiewsley onward (though there's a bit of industry around) - don't forget a quick tootle up the Slough arm while you are there - just to tick it off your list like - don't stop there or anything! Uxbridge is a good town, (and has a tube) couple of boat yards etc, then you start to get away from it all a bit more. If you get as far as Berkhamstead, that's well worth a look and of course there are the Chilterns if you like walking.

I think you'll be hard pushed to get the most out of that lot in just three months though! Enjoy :)

 

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27 minutes ago, Johny London said:

 When you get to Hertford - make sure to have the Brisket on a Sunday (if they still do it) - it's the waterside pub right at the end of the line, you can't miss it.

 

 

 

The Barge - scene of many of my student exploits! It has been considerably extended since then and has lost its charm, but the location is still excellent.

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