Despite the forecast for rain all day, 4 nomads member and a friend braved the elements and set out from Laleham on the Thames this sunday. Paddling upstream to Penton Hook lock against a slow stream the sky slowly cleared and it became quite a decent mild day without a drop of rain. Above the lock we turned into the narrow Abbey Stream and passed the mobile home park into wooded countryside with kingfishers and herons keeping us company. The stream was largely clear of weed with only a couple of fallen trees to limbo and we continued under the M3 to the site of the old Abbey where we had a pleasant lunch on a handy picnic table. Continuing refreshed we passed a couple of farms and country houses to arrive at the punt rollers leading us into the Thames below Chertsey weir, where we had a good play. A short half mile upstream again took us back to the cars about 3 hours after starting out.