Not making waves!

Reading to Oxford on The River Thames

June 18 – 21, 2014.

Having started the day on the Kennet & Avon canal just downstream from Ufton Swing Bridge 25, with Dave who joined me for the day as crew,  I was back on the Thames at Reading by mid-day finally mooring at Pangbourne Meadow mid-afternoon.

Pangbourne Meadow

Pangbourne Meadow

The journey from Reading to Oxford on the Thames is approximately 40 miles distance and includes 13 locks. Today’s leg took me through just 2 locks – Caversham Lock in Reading and Mapledurham Lock – and covered a distance of approximately 7 miles.

Single-handed again and leaving Pangbourne early in the morning before the lock keepers come on duty, the first lock of the day, Whitchurch Lock, was set to self-service. This suits me, as I’ve written before, operating the locks is straight forward if you can press a couple of buttons in the correct sequence, and I prefer doing things at my own pace rather than being needlessly rushed, which can be a struggle when single-handed, as sometimes happens with the lock keepers. Passing by Beale Park it’s 4 miles before I reach the next lock of the day at Goring, which too is set self-service, however another boat is already there setting the lock and I can cruise straight in. Leaving Goring lock it’s less than a mile to Cleeve Lock, my last lock of the day which is manned, although I still have a further 6 miles to travel to my intended destination Wallingford.

Pillbox on the Thames

Pillbox on the Thames

Travelling from Cleeve Lock to Wallingford I spot my first pillbox on the Thames. I’m sure there are many more but I’ve missed them. I also passed the boathouse in the photo below which looks interesting and appears to be a home, possibly being renovated.

Boathouse house

Boathouse house

Hnaging on in Wallingford!

Hanging on in Wallingford

After a relatively easy day yesterday I decided I wanted to try and make it to Oxford today. Making an even earlier start I managed to get away before the person who collects the mooring fee of £5 for Wallingford turned up – terrible I know 😉 It’s not always free on the Thames!

A  few of the locals come out to greet me

A few of the locals come out to greet me on my journey to Oxford

I managed to make Oxford after 9 hours on the river, travelling 22.75 miles and 8 locks (according to the Nicholson Guide 7) including a short break for lunch at Abingdon. Moored up on the Thames just before Osney Bridge I’ve a couple hundred yards to travel in the morning before turning off onto the Sheepwash channel that will take me onto the Oxford Canal for my journey up to Braunston.

Moored on The Thames Oxford just above Osney Bridge

Moored on The Thames Oxford just before Osney Bridge

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