Yesterday we had a day of rest from cruising, opting instead to take four legs for a walk, across the fields to St. John’s Lock. A short distance from the Lock is The Trout Inn, with a very extensive menu, and all freshly cooked local produce. Top of the specials board was grilled trout with lemon butter, so this is what I had. After lunch we dropped four legs back at the boat, then popped into Lechlade to have a look at the town. We found two antique shops to wander round, my favourite being The Old Ironmongers. We escaped without spending any money, although it would have been very easy to do so.
This morning after breakfast, we set off from our mooring spot, to just beyond Ha’penny Bridge where we winded the boat. We were initially aiming for Radcot, five miles and three Locks away. Sadly, the spot we had seen on our way to Lechlade, and recorded in the guide book as a good potential mooring, was found to be too shallow, when we tried getting into the bank. We carried on, passing through a further Lock, and found the mooring we had used when the thunderstorms had been forecast, earlier in the week. This time we have it to ourselves.
Tomorrow we are planning to get close to Oxford, where we will pass the point at which we joined the Thames. We are heading for Reading, where our intention is to join the Kennet and Avon Canal. There is a small hiccup to this plan, as there is currently a significant stoppage on the Canal near to Caen Hill. The Canal and River Trust are reporting a major pump failure, so we are hoping to receive an update via the automated notices, before committing to that route.
Totals 7 Miles 4 Locks
Running total 233 Locks 285 Locks 9 Tunnels