Golden lock gates

When we were compiling our list of gold postboxes to visit around the country as part of our Olympic and Paralympic gold postbox challenge, we also discovered that two sets of lock controls had been painted gold in celebration of the gold medals won by British rowers. One sunny afternoon, we decided to head off and visit them.

Golden lock gates - Little Hearts, Big Love

The trickiest part was trying to park somewhere reasonably close to the locks so we could walk to them. A walk that was either short enough for Jessica to cope with (or us to comfortably carry both children if needed) or which was accessible by buggy. We did quite a bit of driving around whilst zooming in to the map on my phone trying to work out where we could park.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

Boveney Lock was the easier of the two to get to. We spotted a footpath which looked like it would lead down to the lock and parked up on Lock Road in Dorney (discovering on our way back that there was actually a car park just a few yards further down the road!) With Sophie in the carrier and Jessica walking, we made our way along the footpath.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

About halfway to the lock, we passed St Mary Magdalene, a pretty church which is owned by the Friends of Friendless Churches who bought it to prevent it from being demolished. The keys are available from Boveney Lock but we didn’t have time to stop and explore.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

The lock itself was quite busy with boats going through and Jessica loved sitting and watching the boats going up and down in the lock. The controls itself were on the wrong side of the lock so we couldn’t get very close to them to take the obligatory photo.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

Bray Lock was harder to get to. Admittedly we could have walked there from Boveney Lock but both of us felt that it might just be a little too far for small legs so we decided to park somewhere nearby. It looked like it might be easiest to reach it from the Dorney Reach side of the Thames but trying to find somewhere to park the car proved more difficult than we’d anticipated so we decided to try driving to Bray instead where there was another footpath which seemed to lead to the lock. We parked on Old Mill Lane near the entrance to the footpath. The first part of the walk was alongside the M4 – not the most pleasant spot for a family walk although Jessica was quite captivated by the large daisies growing along the footpath.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big LoveGolden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

There was a set of steps leading down to the towpath which meant we had to carry the buggy down them (thank goodness for strong hubbies!) before we finally reached the lock. This time we were on the same side of the lock as the gold set of controls so were able to get a photo of the four of us standing in front of the controls. Being later in the day meant that the lock was less busy that Boveney Lock had been but we still watched a few boats going through the lock.

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

On the way back, Jessica was quite fascinated by seeing that the daisies were closing up ready to go to sleep for the night. Her interest in all the different plants and wildflowers that we encountered on our walk has made me aware of how limited my knowledge about these which has inspired me to go and get some books and learn more about them. We also spotted this rather unusual Outspan orange branded car – not something you see every day!

Golden lock gates at Bray and Boveney Locks - Little Hearts, Big Love

We enjoyed our little variation on our postbox challenge. As far as I know there are no other objects that were officially painted gold as a result of the Olympics but if anyone else knows otherwise, please do let me know and we’ll try and include it before we finish off our challenge.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

11 thoughts on “Golden lock gates

  1. I love the idea of your Golden challenge! I remember watching the locks at Stratford Upon Avon as a child and being absolutely fascinated with them, and I can see that yours were too. There’s something strangely magnetic about watching them I think!
    Your day out looks lovely, some great photos there. As for the Orange car, well that’s just strange!
    xx

  2. What a great idea for a day out and well done on managing to find and park close enough to both locks. I remember spending ours watching boats going through the lock at a pub garden my parents liked as a child, I must have been Jessica’s age then! I wonder if she will remember these golden locks in time? Thank you for sharing your lovely adventure on Country Kids.

  3. Oh I love locks! I can spend the whole afternoon just watching the boats come and go. We did just that when we visited a friend in Birmingham a few years ago. I’m afraid we don’t have any locks down here in Cornwall 😉 #countrykids.

  4. We’ve never heard of Golden Lock Gates! Wowee what an interesting find 🙂 thanks for sharing your wonderful day #CountryKids

  5. I love how you do these challenges, such a great way to get out and visit new places. I do love watching boats go through lock gates, and it looks like you all enjoyed your outing 🙂

  6. I’d never heard about the gold locks either. N loves watching the lock and canal in our town.

    Looks like you had a lovely walk (despite the M4)

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