We left Wallingford to clear blue contrail-free skies (again) and passed the new Oxford University Boat Club.

Oxford University Boat Club

There were many crews out on the river, most being coached from specially built high-speed launches. On the Wallingford reach we were overtaken by a sculler. She came quite close. A pair of eights from Wallingford Rowing Club came past going upstream at racing speed. Very impressive power and bladework.

Sculler overtaking Albert near Wallingford

Eights at full-power

Brunel's Moulsford Railway bridge

The Glass Box summer house at Goring

We moored up for lunch at Mapledurham. The river had started to get busy and in the afternoon we shared our first lock since going onto the Thames at Oxford. The river banks at Pangbourne, Purley and Reading were thronged with people taking advantage of the warm bright sunshine.

Lunch break at Mapledurham

We moored up for the night just above Sonning Lock at walked around the village. The Bull Inn by the church looked very pleasant with lots of diners eating outside.