Swan Upping Bike Tour 15th July 2013

Today was the 1st day of the historic Swan Upping event- a week of swan marking on the River Thames and we were running a tour to witness it! And what an amazing day it was!

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Our Merry Pedallers watching the Uppers go through Chertsey Lock

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These are the support boats for the Swan Uppers-they gave us bread to feed any cygnets we find en route!

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Once the adults are safely in the boats they can work on the defenceless babies

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Parents are checked for fishing wire in their throats and tagged- these ones belong to neither of the 2 guilds the Vintners or Dyers so they automatically belong to the Queen and get her tag.

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The cygnets are checked and weighed…

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The Vintners and The Dyers crests

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Some happy Merry Pedallers after a Pimms or 2!

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We decide to cycle back to Hampton Court instead of get the train home….by now it’s hitting 30 degrees!

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A well deserved paddle immediately cools up down….lovely!

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