The London Apprentice Tour

A one way trip downstream from the club house to Isleworth

apprenticeHam House is a 400-year-old treasure trove and one of a series of grand houses and palaces alongside the River Thames. Ham House and Garden is an unusually complete survival of the 17th century that impressed in its day and continues to do so today. Rich in history and atmosphere, Ham is largely the vision of Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart, who was deeply embroiled in the politics of the English Civil War and subsequent restoration of the monarchy. The fine interiors and historic gardens make this an unusual and fascinating place to visit

Marble Hill House is a Palladian villa on the River Thames in southwest London, situated halfway between Richmond and Twickenham. The architect was Roger Morris, who collaborated with Henry Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, one of the “architect earls”, in adapting a more expansive design by Colen Campbell. Marble Hill House was built in 1724-1729 for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, and the mistress of King George II. It is set in 66 acres (2.67 kmĀ²) of parkland, the Marble Hill Park. The Great Room has five architectural caprici by Giovanni Paolo Pannini and lavishly gilded decoration. The Marble Hill house also hosts a collection of early Georgian furniture and paintings as well as the Lazenby Bequest Chinoiserie collection

  • Westel Clubhouse to the London Apprentice, Isleworth (10 miles)
  • Keen paddlers may wish to complete the return journey (but difficult after a double helping of Christmas pudding)

If time allows then drop off cars at the London Apprentice first so your return transport is waiting for you.

Check the tide times carefully to make sure you are travelling down stream with the ebb tide – but see important note below. Also note the tidal range (high tide height minus low tide height) as this varies between about 4m (neap tides) and 7m (spring tides) and affects the speed of the river flow significantly.

Very Important : check the ebb tide flag warning before you set off as currently (March 2014) the record high river flows are making conditions during the ebb tide dangerous and the PLA advises that when the red flag is flying that ‘all man-powered vessels are advised not to go afloat on the Ebb Tide.’

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