to Oxford. KINGSTON. 30. Route. 217
d. By the Thames.
A trip by rowing-boat on the Thames between Oxford and London
has now become quite a popular institution, and in fine weather is cor¬
dially recommended to oarsmen. The trip is better made in the reverse
direction to that here described, as we have then the advantage of going
with the stream. The scenery all the way is full of charm and interest.
From London Bridge to Oxford the distance is 112 M., but this may be
advantageously shortened to 96 M. or to 69 M. by beginning or ending
the river-excursion at Richmond or Windsor.
Boats may be hired from Salter, Tims, or Crissal, of Oxford, who
let boats specially for these excursions, at rates varying from 30s. for a
canoe or skiff up to 51. for au eight-oared boat and ei. for a large four-
oared shallop. These charges are for one week (after which an extra sum
is paid for each day), and include the sending of the boat to London or
bringing it back from London. WTith proper precautions the trip is quite
safe for practised oarsmen, and even for ladies; but a wide berth should
be given to all mill-streams, weirs, and 'lashers'.
Steamers. In summer a small steamer plies weekly, when the state
of the water allows, between Oxford and Kingston, taking three days in
Inns. There are good hotels on the banks at frequent intervals, but
equally comfortable accommodation at much more moderate charges may
often be obtained at the inns a little way back from the river. Those
who prefer to 'camp out1 may hire tents, mattresses, and ground-sheets
from the above-mentioned boat-owners, and also at various places in London.
Heavy luggage should be sent by rail, as there are many railway-sta¬
tions close to the river.
The following description is necessarily little more than a note of a
few of the chief places of interest passed on the way. Those who wish
more details are advised to purchase Taunt's Map and Guide to the Thames
(2s. 6d. ; cheap edition Is., illus. edit. 15s.) or Dickens's Dictionary of the
Thames (Is.). The former is most readily obtained by direct application to
Taunt & Co., 9 Broad St., Oxford. The words 'right' and 'left' (r., 1.)
are here used with reference to boats ascending the river.
Among common sights on the Thames near London are House Boats,
in which whole families sometimes find summer-quarters, while on the
banks and islands are often seen the tents of camping-out parties.
For a description of the Thames from London Bridge to (16 M.)
Richmond, see Baedeker's London. As we leave Richmond Bridge
we see Richmond Hill, with the Star and Garter Hotel, on the left.
Opposite Eel Pie Island lies —
r. Twickenham (see Baedeker's London), from which an almost
unbroken line of villas extends to —
18'/2 51. (r.) Teddinpton. Here we pass the first lock.
20i/2 M. (l.)gmsfstort(Sun; Griffin), a town with 20,000 inhab.
(see Baedeker's London). The river is crossed here by a bridge
with five arches. The river now makes a wide bend, skirting
Hampton Court Park (see Baedeker's London), on the right.
1. Surbiton and Thames Ditton (Swan) , much frequented by
anglers. A little farther on we pass Hampton Court Bridge and.
24 M. (r.) Hampton (Lion), 1 M. from Hampton Court Palace.
On the oppsiito bank is Garrick's Villa, where the famous actor lived
from 1754 till his death in 1779.
26y2 M. (r.) Sunburv f*Magpie: Flower Pot), with a lock.
28 M. (1.) W^^nzonzT]wmes__(Duke's Head). The course of