Sunday 11 December 2011

Swim 18 Track - Folly Bridge to Donnington Bridge

Swim 18 Map - Folly Bridge to Donnington Bridge

Swim 18: Folly Bridge to Donnington Bridge

This swim is part of Swim 30 in Michael Worthington's I ♥ the Thames.  It was a winter swim so was shorter than usual at a distance of about 1500m. We met at this car park:

off Meadow Lane, Oxford, second-left after the canoe club. Meadow Lane is the last right turn off Donnington Bridge Road before the bridge from the town side, or the first left from the Hinksey side. The car park is an unkempt wee council number with plenty of bushes for changing in.  It was free when we swam but bring a couple of quid in case.

We walked up the towpath to Folly Bridge

and swam back down.  Note that the slipway where we exited is on private property and you should get the permission of the rowing club first.  There is an alternate exit point a few metres further on at a public slipway.

Be aware that this stretch of the river is used extensively by competitive rowers who are fast moving and have limited visibility.  You should take appropriate precautions.

If done in the warmer months of the year, this swim can easily be combined with swims 19 and 20 for a total distance of 3.8km.