Monday, June 25, 2012

Onward and Thruppward

After a very peaceful night near Kirtlington we were on the move at 9 o’clock this morning, heading down to Pigeon Lock.

Pigeon Lock-bound, George on the towpathSAM_1098

Down the lock and we moored just beyond Bridge 214 to walk back to the village. It was a bit further than I thought, over 1½ miles in fact. So we didn’t get going again till midday. Meanwhile Mags had been amusing herself feeding the local moorhens.
Stein and Jacquie passed on NB Like Ducks 2 Water and paused under the bridge to say hello, but we were still in the village so Mags did the honours on her own. Sorry to have missed you, guys.

Moving on it was only a short distance to Caravan Lift Bridge, so George, once again, walked ahead to lift it for both boats. No need though, it was already up.

George watching Carol through the lift bridge.SAM_1109
The abutment has certainly taken some damage, George didn’t drop the bridge as it didn’t look safe!

We expected it to be busy at Enslow Bridge, and we weren’t disappointed. SAM_1112

The Rock of Gibraltar has moorings on the canal, and the association doesn’t end there. It was built in 1780 to refresh the navvies constructing the canal, and the first landlord, Henry Baker, must have been well respected as they named the next lock after him.

Rock’n’Roll leaving [Henry] Baker’s LockSAM_1115

Just before arriving at the lock we met Maffi and friend on a boat they were moving up the canal, arranging to see them in the pub later.

Maffi boat movingSAM_1114


At Baker’s Lock the canal joins the River Cherwell for just under a mile. Although the level indicator showed just under the red zone, it didn’t seem to be flowing that fast and we had a steady few minutes enjoying the deep water under the base-plate.

On the river. Pity it’s only a mile. SAM_1119

The man-made watercourse is regained at Shipton Weir Lock, only 2½ feet deep but very slow filling and emptying compared to the others.

Shipton Weir LockSAM_1122
It’s another of those odd shaped chambers that ensures a respectable volume of water goes downhill when the lock is used.
In the background is the old Blue Circle cement works, built in the 1920’s and closed in the 1980’s.

Shipton Cement Works
SAM_1123 I guess it’s just too costly to demolish it.

It’s just a short distance from here to Thrupp, where we watered up and emptied before mooring beyond the lift bridge.

Into ThruppSAM_1126

Moored near the Boat InnSAM_1128

Now we wait for the Thames to start to behave itself again. Currently most of the river has Strong Stream Warnings posted.

Locks 3, miles 4¼

1 comment:

Maffi said...

Caravan Bridge is fixed up. I doubt whether George could have closed it.