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From Romney Lock

Retrace route from Romney Lock to main road
Turn left over Thames B3021 into Datchet
Follow signs for Staines & Old Windsor
Cross Thames once more
Follow signs Staines & Egham A308
Turn left after Toby Carvery into Church Road signed Parish Church
Follow Church Road to St George's Farm (on lefthand side with ornamental railings)
Turn left into Ham Lane
Go to end of Ham Lane
Park

PARKING - before footbridge on right only

Walk right, along river 300 metres. 

Because the portage is very narrow beside the lock, the organisers keep supporters on the far side until their crews are seen approaching.  You can then cross one of the two bridges over the lock (one will always be useable even if one set of lock gates is open to let big boats through).  The crews have quite a long portage and can even put their boats down for a few minutes on the grass beside the lock.  As only a few supporters are around it is relatively quiet and a good chance to make the paddlers eat and drink.  They then carry on taking their boats down a ramp to the pontoon where they get back in. (Some supporters followed all the way down there but the ramp was narrow and it looked as though they would be in the way.)


Map - click SAT for aerial view

The next vantage point is the riverbanks in Runnymede Park - called Bell Weir on DW instructions but you can't actually get to the lock at Bell Weir.  Access the riverside to support your crew at Runnymede.