Sunday, 22 April 2012

Swim 23: Radley to Abingdon Lock

This swim was a little longer (~4.5km) than recent ones but there were options to get out early.

We met at the large car park just south east of Abingdon Bridge:

The car park is not free so bring some change.  We got away with paying for 3 hours. We changed here and then shuttled up to the layby near the start at the boat house at Radley, leaving our dry clothes in cars at Abingdon:

We swam downstream with the Thames path on our right.  A few hundred metres into the swim, where the trees meet the bank on the right hand side, we passed 100km from the Source.

We stopped for coffee and cake at around 2.5km under the railway bridge. It wasn't as easy to get out here as it looked but it was certainly possible.  We then swam on to Abingdon lock.  Be aware of the weir at about 4km - it's only marked for traffic coming upstream.

There are fairly obvious paths from these get out points back to the Abingdon Bridge car park but you'll need to walk them in your swimming kit.  After changing we returned by car for lunch at the Bowyers Arms next to Radley station to use their free car park and hospitality.

This swim marked the start of our second year and the end of day two for David Walliams.

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