We were expecting daughter Nikki, son in law Paul and their children to arrive at about 10:30. They called to say the M5 traffic was bad and they would be delayed, but in fact their alternative route was almost as quick and they were soon with us. The plan was to leave their car in tne car park adjacent to Shepperton lock but it already full by 9:30. So we unloaded the car of their stuff, put our bikes in their car as they are in the way with six onboard, and headed for the lock. The warm weather had brought out all the Thames boaters and it was just before noon when we turned onto the River Wey.
To get us over the cill of Thames lock at Weybridge the National Trust lock keeper used the extra pound gate which raises tne water level by about a foot. After we had paid our NT licence we were off. Once Weybridge is passed the river is surprisingly rural. We stopped at about 4:30 and had barbecue in the warm evening sun.