Dartford and Crayford Creek and the River Darent
Dartford and Crayford Creek
The Creek is tidal throughout and has sufficient depth for navigation only at mid to high tide. The Creek is entered from the Thames by passing under the Dartford Creek Tidal Flood Barrier. About a mile upstream is the confluence of the rivers Darent and Cray.
A (now derelict) lock on the River Darent Branch formerly gave access to Welcome Mill near Dartford Station and to Dartford Wharfage. The maximum size of boat is constrained in height by ‘University Way Bridge’. Boats with high headroom requirements should pass the bridge at the middle of a rising tide then wait until there is sufficient depth to proceed upstream to the Lock. There is a winding hole below the lock, much constrained by reeds at anything other than a high tide.