Day 39 – Exeter to Tavistock Bonnie Revival Hungerford -> Newbury -> Aldermaston BMC 1800 waterpump Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) and Watership Down Hungerford Marsh -> Hungerford Froxfield -> Hungerford Marsh To Ham Bird action in Oak Hill World Press Freedom Index Oak Hill – Dun Aqueduct Oak Hill Little Bedwyn -> Oak Hill 5 popular destinations for travelling where disease is still rife Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale
Oxfordshire morn

Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford

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Another full day of boating through the unspoilt Oxfordshire countryside. This time, on the River Cherwell to Thrupp, where I was going to visit the deserted village; Hampton Gay.

After looking on Googlemaps satellite, it became clear, it was only 3 empty farmhouses and a dis-used church and really wasn’t worth getting the bike out for. I stopped in Thrupp for lunch, then moved on.

The canal is virtually deserted. During the course of a 10 hour day, I encounter possibly 5 boats.

It would have been impossible to make it from Claydon to Oxford in one day, even two is pushing it.

At Thrupp, the canal joins the River Cherwell. The draft and width of the canal becomes such for easy navigation, and it’s an hour of relative speed and relaxation.

Oxfordshire morn
Oxfordshire morn

Some times it’s raining. It’s fairly cold. I’ve caught a cold.

Supper in Oxford

Decided to have a meal out.

It’s a while since I’ve been in Oxford. I once attended a course on XML here, it was a two-dayer and I stayed at the McDonald hotel right in the centre.

That was a number of years ago. But I remember the pubs are quite good with good atmosphere.

The first pub I go in, the Lighthouse, I’m served by a Polish guy. He had a problem understanding which table I was sitting at, and decided he was going to retain my credit card to open a tab!

It took the intervention of a waitress to explain which table I was sitting at before he’d let me sit down without paying for the drink.

After finishing my drink, I left and moved onto a pub called the Red Lion where I had Sichaun squid, Winter pudding and Cheesecake.

It was a nice pub, and it made a change to get off the boat for once.

I followed it up with a pint in Wetherspoons. I haven’t been in a Wetherspoons for years, a pint of Thatchers cider was £2.60.


Didn’t fancy the clientele much. Townies and underage drinkers mostly, few tourists thrown in.

And that’s it.

Tomorrow on to the Thames!

Hand painted Oxford sign
Hand painted Oxford sign

There are a number of these hand painted, community orientated signs and murals as you go along the canal.

It’s a shame there’s no-one around to enjoy them.

An Oxforshire canal scene
An Oxforshire canal scene

As you can see, the water levels in this pound are particularly low.

Tonight I’m moored at the ISIS lock.

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One comment:

  1. Looks lovely there. Well fancy being on the Thames…..woud have loved to have done that but ‘Anna’s’ engine wasn’t up to it. Go carefully now and enjoy the experience. xx

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