Saturday 16 March 2013

Swim 43 - Cock Marsh to Cookham Lock

This was the last of the Thames winter swims which also marked our entry to the Lower Thames.  This swim is the last part of Swim 61 from Michael Worthington's I ♥ the Thames and is 1.4km long. Only another 14 to go to Teddington and the end of the non tidal Thames.

We me at the National Trust The Pound car park at Cookham (that's its name - parking is free!), here: (Same place as the last swim)

A brisk walk to the edge of the National Trust Cock Marsh (that's its name, so I'll use it if want to) and we slid into the river at the tree where we exited last time, here or hereabouts:

We then swam down towards Cookham Lock.

Go under the bridge at Cookham using the 2nd arch from the right. There is a choice of three visible channels - take the middle narrow one that leads to the lock. The other two lead to weirs. (There is also a fourth channel to the far right but that will not be immediately apparent - you don't want to go down that one either.)   It is recommend that you check this out for yourself before the swim from footpath over Cookham bridge.

We swam down the long lock cut - around 0.6km without the current assist we had become used to over the winter, where we exited at the lock, here:

We had lunch at The Ferry at Cookham bridge:

Swim 43 Track - Cock Marsh to Cookham Lock

Swim 43 Map - Cock Marsh to Cookham Lock