There are 44 locks along the River Thames from Cricklade to Teddington and by the end of my journey I will have passed through them all except one which you will hear more about later.
Last year, in 2018, I decided to complete my canoe journey down the River Thames in the UK from a point up river from where I had to stop in 2017. These maps show the path of the river as it is located in England and a more detailed picture of the river’s meandering across southern England. Why the Thames? Because at my age to paddle the length of the Saskatchewan River from the Rockies to the Hudson’s Bay would be foolhardy. Not that I wouldn’t like to do it.
For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is David Hatto. On August 31, 2014 my granddaughter, Hazel, died in her sleep from SIDS, which is one of the causes listed under SUID or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. As a result of the affects that Hazel’s death had on everybody who knew her I decided to embark on a series of adventures in her memory for three purposes: to help me come to terms with her death, to raise awareness about SIDS and to raise money for my daughter-in-law’s society for helping grieving mothers share their grief with fellow grieving mothers. The society is called Hazel’s Heroes so I became Hazel’s helper.
I'm a grandfather who lost an infant granddaughter and who wants to help Gillian, her mother, provide support for other grieving parents through Hazel's Heroes.