Friday, June 27, 2008

Thrupp to Pinkhill

25 June 2008
Miles 8.6 Locks 6
I have dated this post because I know from the weak phone signals we are getting that I will not be able to post to the internet tonight. We are above Pinkhill Lock on the upper reaches of the River Thames between Oxford and Letchlade. The muddy water canals were left behind at midday and we set off up river. The problem we had was to get a licence – the lock keeper at Kings lock was too busy, the one at Eynsham was only a temp and couldn’t issue them so we ended up getting a visitors licence at Pinkhill lock, I bet he doesn’t issue many of them, being quite a way from any place where you join the river. After mooring up we decided to go for a walk round Farmoor reservoir and call in at the local shop. The walk is 4 eand 1 half miles but disappointingly you only get occasional glimpses of the reservoir itself. A pity as there was some sailing going on and in the very stiff breeze we have had today it could have been interesting watching – well for me anyway. Birds spotted today – our first kingfisher of the trip and on the Thames Great Crested Grebe, a Cormorant, and a large flock of Greylag Geese. Today’s pics are the start of the day at Thrupp just before we set off and the mooring we are on now.

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