[OSS Oxon] UPDATE: OSS Swim the Thames #30 - South Stoke to Gatehampton (Almost) - 10:00am Sunday 15 July
jeremy at wellingham.com
Sat Jul 14 19:26:50 BST 2012
OSS Swim the Thames spy at Wallingford reports that the flow
is strong but the water is running smoothly. The river
levels have dropped since yesterday, according to the EA
measurements at Days, Cleeve and Goring locks. The weirs at
the two locks we are swimming past are both down stream of
the locks, so pose less of a threat. The bridge at Goring
has wide spans so is also less of a threat than some of the
older more constrained bridges we have been through. We have
a reasonable wide beach to exit from (at least it looks so
from Google earth). So on balance I think it is worth
turning up for the swim. Worse case is we don't like the
look of it tomorrow, we don't pass Go or collect ?200 and we
head straight to the pub!
Don't forget the OSS Swim Responsibility statement and
please make your own assessment of the river conditions -
there, H&S lecture finished.
OSS swim responsibility statement:
By attending you confirm that you are a member of the OSS and have read
and accepted the OSS swim responsibility statement:
All swimmers swim at their own risk.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
> Yo! Thames Surfers,
> Hang Ten this Sunday and go with the rip. With the Thames in full
> spate we continue with our current assisted swims and have another
> 4.9km (feels like 3km!) swim from South Stoke almost to Gatehampton.
> (We need to pace ourselves for the next stretch which will finish in
> Pangbourne.) Swim number 30 -- is it really that many since we started
> at Easter last year? -- will be a momentous milestone as we will cross
> the half way mark shortly after starting on our non-tidal Thames
> journey from the Source to Teddington. Look out for performances of
> Thames Barrier and Falange of Boboons to mark the occasion. We will
> also be swimming through the famous Goring Gap via Cleeve Lock (keep
> to the right) and then Goring Lock (keep to the the left). Walkers
> will start along the Ridgeway at South Stoke on the left bank and will
> join the Thames path at Goring, which crosses the river to the left
> bank to meet the Ridgeway and the ancient Icknield Way. Goring was a
> major crossing point of the Thames in ancient times. This swim isswim
> 43,44 and some of 45 in the /I ♥ the Thames/ book.
> *Sunday 15 July 2012 at 10:00am South Stoke*
> We will meet at swim entry point at the end of Ferry Lane in South
> Stoke at, where there is limited parking (Green Arrow marks the spot):
> Parking will also be available at the Perch and Pike, where we will be
> lunching afterwards, which is a 5-10 minute walk away from the start
> point at the end of Ferry Lane (Green Arrow marks the spot):
> We will swim down to just *before* Brunel's Great Western Gatehampton
> Viaduct (A bridge with several equally spaced arches for the less
> pretentious.) We will exit at the beach on the left(Green Arrow marks
> the spot):
> and walk back along the Thames path and Ferry Lane in Goring to cars
> that we have shuttled down to the car park in Goring (Or we may be
> able to move a car down to the end of Ferry Lane)(Green Arrow marks
> the spot):
> And shuttle back to the Perch and Pike for Lunch
> *NB Please let me know if you would like to stay for lunch so I can
> confirm the numbers with the pub.*
> Sef, Jeremy and the Falange of Bobboons of the Thames Barrier
> OSS swim responsibility statement:
> By attending you confirm that you are a member of the OSS and have
> read and accepted the OSS swim responsibility statement:
> All swimmers swim at their own risk.
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