After a comfortable sleep and egg and bacon rolls on the deck, we continued on our path towards Henley. Not know how long it would take for us to get to Henley in time for our date with Bryan Ferry, we decided to bypass some of the attractions on route (including Beale Wildlife Park, Mapledurham House and Mill and shopping in Reading), with the promise of visiting them on the return journey.
It is wonderful to motor slowly along the river and not have to rush. This slow pace was far from boring though, as there was so much to see. The river is peaceful, beautiful and constantly changing. Every bend revealed something different: From the picturesque cottages to stately mansions, cultivated fields to seemingly untamed and haunting forest-like brush.
The picturesque lock at Sonning was the venue of our seconds nights stop; this is a lovely lock and we spent time watching the boats go through and chatting with the locals. There is an excellent tearoom and their scones and jam are delightful.
We arrived in Henley early and decided to carry on to Marlow, which is a place we have always loved visiting but never seen from the water. It was a flying trip as we had to turn around and get back to Henley for the festival.
Afterwards, we watched the fireworks from the deck of our boat with Dinky, so she wasn’t alone – it was a perfect night.