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Heading Upstream

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Strolling to the Rover Thames

After a thoughtfully scheduled Brunch break at Caversham’s Crowne Plaza Hotel Moleside members, partners and friends on our June Thames Cruise had no more than a minute’s stroll to our departure pier.  On a quiet Wednesday afternoon we had ideal conditions for our voyage upstream.

Moleside members & guests board the Caversham Lady
Group 1 safely on board
Group 2 Safely on Board
Main Line Rail and R. Thames share same route.
Upstream from Reading

Initially we simply enjoyed ourselves admiring how the riverside west of Reading has managed to blend some striking examples of glamorous living 21st C style with its impressive architecture of years gone by. 

Julie & Jane on Deck 2/
Arriving MplDurham Lock

We paused to negotiate the lock at Mapeldurham before passing the local water mill and the neighbouring country estates which have featured in the successful films and television programmes that have taken advantage of these impressive surroundings.

Mapledurham Water Mill
Tea's Served

One of the many high spots of the day was the cream tea served with delicious, crumbly scones baked that morning.  

Inevitably perhaps we found ourselves  concerned about the order in which the jam and the cream should be applied.

Elphick et co.
Tea Arrives - Cornish or Devonian
Homemade scones
Caversham Lady and her passengers from Moleside

The Caversham Lady had now got us to the part of the river that we’re assured provided the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s Wind In The Willows. It was certainly giving us a really enjoyable afternoon out, best confirmed by the photographs we can share here.

Lone Skiffer

 Thanks to Peter for his photographic assistance and to Brian’s daughter Wendy who also kindly helped by keeping an eye on us from the bank with her camera.

And substantial thanks to Barry for organising this his first Moleside visit.  May there be many more.

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