Canalplan suggests that the Red House, 1.5 miles above Stratford is the Limit of Navigation. But 20 years ago I took a 40 foot hire boat right up to Alveston Weir, a mile further on and winded just below the weir.
Does anybody know how far I might get a Big Woolwich? And would I have to reverse back to the Red House to wind?
Well, according to the GPS track we got to here:
This is well beyond the Red House and the boat dock, and close to the "safe limit of navigation" on the ANT map.
We grounded on the east side as we tried to pass a willow tree growing out from the west bank. Fairly sure that if we had cut the tree back a bit we could have got through in deeper water, but it looked much shallower a short distance ahead, and as there were only two of us to poll off if (when) we got stuck, we decided it