|Old Father Thames|
So today, we knew we needed to make good progress, and although not essential to be off the upper Thames, we knew if we could get to Oxford, that would be a bonus, as we might then be able to fit in a visit into the city.
Still no unusually early start, but we were moving by 9:00 for once, although not until some time after we had seen another narrow boat already set off.
|Tight Squeeze In A Lock|
(Cath: when I arrived at one lock, having walked Charlie from the previous one, the "lockie"was on the weir behind the lock keeper's house, attached by a harness to a wire running the whole width of the lock, and fishing polystyrene sheets and other rubbish out from the weir)
|Waiting for a lock to become free|
|The smallest "boat" passed today.|
|Lock keepers use a long metal shaft to move the off-side gate.|
(Cath: on our walk between locks Charlie and I came across an older man, a tall lad, and another spaniel. They were putting a cylindrical crayfish trap into the river. We chatted for a while - mostly about spaniels - but I found out that they would expect to get 20 or so crayfish in the trap over night. The man said that these days they are American Crayfish, although in his youth they had all been the native variety).
|Cath works our last Oxford lift bridge for this trip|
|Penultimate Oxford Canal lock|
Lechlade to Oxford (via Duke's Cut and Oxford Canal)
Miles: 29.3, Locks: 11
Total Miles: 164.0, Total Locks:93