I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Above King’s Lock (River Thames) – Tuesday 23rd September

Another cold and sunny morning – long may they last.

We had had no internet or phone at Bablock Hythe so I was itching to get away – I really needed a fix!

Richard pulled over just before Pinkhill Lock as he wanted to look at Farmoor Reservoir – I think he was rather disappointed though did say that the water level was low.  The reservoir is known for fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Oxford Sailing Club and the Oxford and District School Sailing Association are based there.

Pinkhill Lock
Apparently at Pinkhill Lock in 1935, Amy Johnson, the legendary pilot, flew a biplane from here, signing autographs for fans. She charged half a crown (two shillings and sixpence in old money) a time!
Swinford Toll Bridge
We went under Swinford Toll Bridge which was built in 1769 during the days of stage coaches, highwaymen and turnpikes and is described as the finest of the many bridges over the Thames with its Georgian architecture.

The road over Swinford Bridge takes you into Eynsham which is said to be one of the oldest villages in Britain. It is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 571AD when Cuthwolf fought the Britons at Bedcanford and captured four villages, Limbury, Aylesbury, Benson, and Eynsham.

Aerial photo of Eynsham Lock
Eynsham lock was used by merchants taking salt from Droitwich and stone from Taynton.

We pulled over for lunch at the same mooring place above King’s Lock that we used on our way upstream and didn’t move again!  We were going to go to Godstow but it is very close to the A34 and as it is nice and quiet here we decided to stay put.

I spent the afternoon planning a trip to East Sussex in our caravan for the end of October.  I still haven’t finished the trip to the US – we are such jet setters!!

5.95 miles
2 locks  

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