We pulled pins from our Windsor mooring at 09.00 and headed upstream and under Windsor railway bridge.It is a wrought iron 'bow and string bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It carries the ex-GWR branch line from Slough to Windsor into Windsor and Eton Central station. It crosses the River Thames on the reach between Romney Lock and Boveney Lock.
The bridge is a single-span structure comprising three bowstring trusses which created two bays for the original two GWR tracks.The bridge is the World's oldest wrought iron railway bridge still in regular service, and is a forerunner of Brunel's final masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash. The bridge was Grade II* listed in 1975.
After several hours cruising we reached Cookham lock . This is where the Queen's Swan Uppers come every year to record the swan population. This ritual began when swans were considered an important food for royal banquets and feasts.
It seems like we were very lucky to pick up this mooring at Cookham as they are usually very popular moorings. There was in fact just one space left so Rich and Sharon on Nb Oakapple breasted along side us. It was a bit strange to have sail boats sailing around us as you don't normally see many of them on the canals. We will have a night here before moving on up the Thames in the morning.