[OSS Oxon] Saturday morning, Oxford?
jaimetinker at hotmail.co.uk
Tue Mar 8 14:18:15 GMT 2011
Don't think I've swam with you since Cambridge last June and would be good to get started again this year but afraid I'm away on Saturday. I do most of my swimming in Oxford and I'd definitely agree with Jenny that Port Meadow is the place to head, less boats, a bit more rural, natural beaches to get in and out off and a couple of nice pubs nearby. Definitely think the stretch behind the hotel will be rammed with rowers and the odd punt (it's also relatively narrow) but if you head about a mile south along the Thames path (passed Iffley Lock) then that stretch has fewer (but larger) boats and the river is a bit wider - Port Meadow is still a bit more picturesque and swimmer friendly though.
Enjoy it wherever you get in.
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 21:54:16 +0000
From: maryjenmc at googlemail.com
To: James.Lowe at datacore.com
CC: OSSOxon at earth.li
Subject: Re: [OSS Oxon] Saturday morning, Oxford?
I haven't had a swim for a long time as I had twwin boys in July but I live ten mins walk away from the Hotel and would love to accompany you for a dip. As James said, there are rowers on that stretch and it may be quite busy on a saturday, especially as the weather is improving and there are regattas starting but we could swim a bit further yet towards Port meadow, I've been there several times, last when I was pregnant in the summer. Let me know as it depends on how much time you have, the walk would take about half an hour but it's a lovely walk!
All the best,
On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM, James Lowe <James.Lowe at datacore.com> wrote:
From: bryn dymott <bryn.dymott at btinternet.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:00:05 +0000
To: James Lowe <james.lowe at datacore.com>, <OSSOxon at earth.li>
Subject: Saturday morning, Oxford?
>Hi, anyone likely to be in the Thames in Oxford this Saurday morning? I
>have the pleasure of an overnight at the Four Pillars Hote,l off
>Abingdon Road (opposite the Hinkey Pool) Friday and wondered if I could
>gate crash a cold water plunge before I get off home to the Great Ouse?
>It looks like the river runs adjacent to the grounds of the hotel -
>anyone know if this is a good swimming spot?
>Regards all, spring is a coming - sometime soon,
The water literally next to the hotel is not the Thames proper, that's a
few hundred metres east - not sure what exactly you are looking at as I
haven't been to the 4 pillars to stay. I haven't swam that part (we plan
to do this stretch sometime this year swimming the Thames between the
Oxford Ring Road north to south) but have swum extensive north of the city
so I expect it to be similar, but I expect this will be busy with rowers -
probably - you can see the boat house on the other side of the river but
swimming wise, if it is anything like the Thames further up it will be
fine, the grounds that are either side are owned by the colleges so you
don't tend to get the detritus you can on more public ground.
The public foot path is on 'the hotel side' of the river so you can walk
back all the way, what I am not sure about are access points in and out.
Hope this helps.
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