Longbridges Nature Park in Oxford.

Arrived in Oxford, early in the morning and as I got into my kayak there were literally dozens of rowing boats pacing up and down the Thames. I have parked in Donnington and headed upriver against the flow.  On the left, I came to a quiet leafy…

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Cheese Wharf to Tadpole Bridge

Cheese Wharf to Tadpole Bridge The sky turned thunderous and threatening as we got into our kayaks at Cheese Wharf, a short distance down river from Lechlade. On the opposite river bank was a 'British Hardened Field Defence of WWII'. Better known as pillboxes, because of their shape, these small fortified structures…

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Thames Head to Lyd Well

Thames Head to Lyd Well <p>In the evening I revisited the Source of the Thames hoping to find water pumping out of the stone lined hole, where water does occasionally emerge from underground, but no, it's still dry and filled with autumn's leaves. However the river is starting…

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David Wood, Fly Fisherman

David Wood, Fly Fisherman At 2pm I met up with David Wood at Cricklade. David is a local fly fisherman who has been fishing in the Thames for the past seven years.  Today he was course fishing  - which I believe means no salmon or trout. David waded into…

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The Thames through Neigh Bridge Country Park

The Thames through Neigh Bridge Country Park It had been an early start and I parked in the car park at the Neigh Bridge Country Park before heading up river. The clarity of the water and tightly twisting path of the river reminded more of a mountain stream than…

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The Thames between Ashton Keynes and Lower Mill Estate

The Thames between Ashton Keynes and Lower Mill Estate <p>From Ashton Keynes, I set out upriver towards Lower Mill Estate.  The Thames path follows this stretch of the river which cuts through old gravel pit workings, now filled with water to form huge lakes in the surrounding…

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Ashton Keynes

Ashton Keynes Ashton Keynes is about six and a half miles from the official source of the River Thames and is the first village that the Thames flows through (as opposed to flowing past).  Here the river splits into several channels, the main channel flowing through the village High Street where the houses on the West side each have their own bridge crossing the Thames.   According…

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Cricklade to Kempsford

Cricklade to Kempsford <strong>RIVER THAMES.</strong> Saturday afternoon - Cricklade to Kempsford Saturday morning began very early as I photographed one mile downriver of the official source of the Thames, the point where spring water is currently rising from underground to form the beginning of the River Thames. Later in the morning I explored a…

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