Sunday, 9 October 2011

Swim 15: Cassington Cut to Godstow Lock

The original plan for this swim was to finish at Kings Lock but many people chose to continue on to Godstow Lock so the swim was extended.

We met in the car park of the Trout Inn at Godstow / Lower Wolvercote.  The car park gets busy but there is an alternate car park a short distance back towards Godstow.

From there we walked along the Oxford Greenbelt Way that conveniently cuts the corner of the meandering Thames, skirts the Wytham Great Wood and joins the Thames path at our entry point opposite the Cassington Cut.  If you are doing this as an afternoon swim, don't underestimate how long this walk takes or you may end up finishing in the dark!

We passed the joining of the Evenlode tributary (you can notice the cooling effect on the water!!) and stopped for late elevenses at a kind of beach about half way, just before an S-bend in the river.

We then carried on to the our exit point at Godstow Lock:

We then walked back along the tow path to the cars at the Trout and had a spot of lunch outside on the terrace in the glorious sunshine.

This swim corresponds to the remainder of swim 27, swim 28 and part of swim 29 in I Love The Thames and is about 4.75km.

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