Swan Upping Bike Tour 2013
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!
Our Merry Pedallers watching the Uppers go through Chertsey Lock
These are the support boats for the Swan Uppers-they gave us bread to feed any cygnets we find en route!
Once the adults are safely in the boats they can work on the defenceless babies
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.
The cygnets are checked and weighed…
The Vintners and The Dyers crests
Some happy Merry Pedallers after a Pimms or 2!
We decide to cycle back to Hampton Court instead of get the train home….by now it’s hitting 30 degrees!
A well deserved paddle immediately cools up down….lovely!
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