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Oru Kayak Adventures: Shifford Lock to Oxford

On Sunday I completed the second leg of my Oru folding kayak trip between Cricklade and Oxford. This trip is part of a series of weekend trips with the aim of paddling the entire length of the Thames during 2015.

At the end of my overnight stop at Shifford Lock I watched a beautiful sunrise before packing up my kit and setting off downstream towards Oxford. I got underway at 06:10 – the wind was forecast to pick up considerably so I thought I’d  get the distance covered as early as possible.

After about 3 Km I reached Newbridge and after another similar distance I reached my first portage of the day at Northmoor Lock. The next section of the river took me past Bablock Hythe and Farmoor Reservoir before arriving at Pinkhill Lock which was swiftly followed by Swinford Toll Bridge and Eynsham Lock. The next portage was at King’s Lock which also marked a marked change in the path of the river towards the South East and to Oxford. I really enjoyed the paddle into Oxford, especially after Godstow Lock which was the final lock for the day. I finished my trip to the Southside of Osney Bridge (on East Street) which is convenient two minutes from the Oxford railway station. After washing down my kit, I packed up and caught the 12:12 Great Western service back to London Paddington. I arrived back in south Norwood at about 15:00 after a fantastic two days paddle and approximately a distance of 65Km.

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Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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