Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thrupp, Oxford and past Wallingford

Good moorings just after the lift bridge with a pub at the end of the lane. All very tidy and smart.

One of my favourite moans.  People who leave their engine in gear while running the engine to charge batteries.  Its a right pain trying to get alongside near them. Sure BW says not to do it.

Been reading about Oxford and over stayers on moorings or something like that. If BW was to patrol the area leading up to Oxford they would make a few quid.  I noticed at least a dozen boats without a licence or one sort or another.

Looking good as we get near the city.

Boats all over the place

Some rather nice new buildings

Eventually, not far from Isis Lock we moor up.

Its only a short walk into the city centre.  This is down as the oldest building in Oxford.  Long and short work at the corners but not as good as St Peters in Barton on Humber.

Next door is this building.  Delightful. then there are a couple of views as we walk around.

The castle as was.

It was once used as a prison and you can see which bit that was.

Couple of days later and under way.  Once through the lock there is this swing railway line that is no longer in use.

Some lovely views as we move down stream.

First of the goslings.

We have been held up while a race goes on.  These are practising gondola style rowing.

Right next to where we stopped is this stone to Colin Cox

Rowers heading back to the start.

One of the points of access to get canoes alound a lock.

I wonder if this boat ever gets out and about on the Thames.

Having passed the Goring it turned around, caught up with me and overtook me while the band played on.

Canoeists having fun near the weir.

Trying to keep in front of the rain.

More typical type villages on the Thames

A lovely (old?) Dutch barge.

One or two places and the sides of the Thames close in but in general it has plenty of width.

Met up with the Goring again.

Its a plane. No I think its a kite.

There is a lock right next to the hill.  It takes for ever to get there.

The hill is in fact an ancient fort.

One of the lockies has a sense of humour.

Now its time to look for a mooring.

Land of the rich burgers.

One of the Lock Keepers cottages.

Underneath the window is a list of flood marks.

The rain clouds are still with us.

We were going to stop here but the plastic boats all wanted their 10 feet of bow space.  No room for me.

Is the Thames worth £38.50 a day.  Personally I think not.  Moorings are total rubbish and very few and far between.  One place listed as a mooring had two small boats over a couple of hundred feet.  I couldn't get in due to trees sticking out from the bank. Some of it is like Sprotborough and even around Doncaster its as good. 

The place is full of notices saying Private No Mooring.

I look forward to being back on the canals.

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