Friday, August 15, 2014

To Abingdon…

Earlier in the week the weathermen were predicting that today would show an improvement in the cool, showery conditions. Well, there was a change…
It was quite a bit cooler this morning, rain overnight and early in the day had left it feeling damp too. And it was still breezy. The day has steadily improved, to be fair. We had a drop of rain this afternoon, but the wind has dropped and we’ve even seen a bit of sun.

Leaving Day’s Lock this morning.IMG_1115

Looking back at Whittenham Clumps.

We passed The Braunston Mob getting ready to move out at Clifton Hampton, and, as I expected Clifton Lock to be on DIY, were prepared to wait for them at the lock. But there were two crew on the lockside, no sooner were we in than the gates were shut and we were on our way up. With only a 3½ foot rise we were through in quick time.

In Clifton Lock

Appleford Church, dedicated to St.s Peter and Paul, is visible to the south after leaving Clifton Cut.IMG_1121
There is evidence of a Saxon church here, but the earliest features of the current building are 12thC. Extensive Victorian rebuilding has completely transformed the structure.

A little newer, the Cherwell Valley Line crosses the river on Appleford Railway Bridge.IMG_1124
Built in 1929, considerably later than Brunel’s brick arched bridges, this is a bowstring design, made from riveted iron. It’s the third railway bridge on the site.

Culham Lock was also quick, just a short wait for a boat to come down before the lock-keepers ushered us in.

Culham Lock Cut straight ahead, the bridge over the weir stream to the left.IMG_1126

Keeping your ducks in a row…

You have to be a bit careful when rejoining the river at the end of Culham Cut!IMG_1130

I spoke, when we came downstream, about Jubilee Junction and White Horse Cut. But at the time I didn’t get a picture. Here’s addressing that oversight…
Not much to see, I’m afraid.

And so into Abingdon.IMG_1135

We found a spot just along here, downstream of the bridge.

Through the side hatch
That’s St Helen’s church, and the river frontage was wharfage for the unloading and loading of barges. The river always played an important role in the commerce of the town, and still does today. There are at least a couple of dozen boats moored here tonight.

We’ll be staying here tomorrow, and maybe Sunday. These moorings are FREE, and you can stay for 5 days!

Locks 2, miles 7½

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