Saturday, 30 July 2011

Swim 7: Grafton Lock to Radcot Lock

This is a distance of 3.4km equivalent to swims 13 and 14 in Michael Worthington's 'I Love the Thames'. We met at the car park on the island across the river from The Swan at Radcot. The landlady is sadly cut from another cloth than those so far, and may yell at you.

We walked upstream from the car park to Grafton Lock, jumped in and swim back down, past the The Swan and on to Radcot Lock. From there we walked back upstream to cars, got changed and had lunch at the Swan. This is before the swanlady went feral on us. For those who would like a shorter swim, you can get out at the Swan instead of swimming on down to Radcot Lock. Some of us stopped there for cakes and warm drinks.

There is a campsite at the Swan which was useful and pleasant but the swanlady threatened to close it while we were there due to travellers, swimmers and the like. You'd be advised to check in advance and not announce your intentions if you plan to stay!

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