Swinford Meadows

On our way towards Oxford

On Tuesday 18th July we moved south towards Oxford. With us were Anne & Edward and the weather was warm and very sunny. We took on water mid morning at the turn in Thrupp. 

Taking on water at Thrupp

We needed provisions so stopped near Kiddlington and walked into the town to a supermarket, crossing the railway line by a pedestrian crossing on the way. Good facilities in Kiddlington and worth the fifteen minute walk. 

Two boats sharing an Oxford Canal Lock at Kidlington
(both operated single-handed by "mature" ladies)

By mid afternoon we had made it to Duke's Cut and took the short link to the Upper Thames. Startled a roe deer as we joined the main channel. It shot off across the field before I had chance to get the camera. 

Last lock before Duke's Cut

Duke's Cut Lock

Turning upstream we went through the first Environment Agency lock at Eynsham and got our visitor licence. The very helpful lock keeper helped us choose the most cost effective licence and then pointed out some useful moorings above Swinford Bridge. We moored up there on the meadows and, because it was relatively early, we managed to go for a stroll. 

Eynsham Lock
(with engine off - no oil pressure)

Flood markers, Eynsham Lock

Moored up at Swinford Meadows

Sunset at Swinford