[OSS Oxon] [OSS RATS] OSS Swim the Thames #31 - Gatehampton (Almost) to Pangbourne- 10:00am Sunday 29 July

Chris Dalton seedy at breakingglass.net
Sun Jul 29 18:32:03 BST 2012

Hi Team,


I feel like I actually did some swimming this week!!  A lovely swim, I’m sure you’ll all agree.  I just wish I’d kept my wetsuit on afterwards!!  The details were:


Distance travelled:  5.43km

Total distance travelled:  144.11 km

Distance travelled since Cricklade:  121.79 km

Distance remaining to Teddington Lock:  101.39 km

Distance remaining to Battersea Bridge:  123.49 km

Distance remaining to Sea Reach No1 Buoy:  212.45 km


Distance Driven:  3,088.4 km


Map and track etc on the blog:  http://www.swimthethames.com





From: ossrats-bounces at earth.li [mailto:ossrats-bounces at earth.li] On Behalf Of Jeremy Wellingham
Sent: 25 July 2012 21:03
To: ossoxon at earth.li; ossrats at earth.li
Subject: [OSS RATS] OSS Swim the Thames #31 - Gatehampton (Almost) to Pangbourne- 10:00am Sunday 29 July



Greetings Sun worshippers - Summer is here at last.  Hopeful it will hold out to the weekend. Currently, (pun intended) we have the best of both worlds - warm weather with lots of water making progress easy - as long as you're going downstream.  Fortunately that's just what we're doing.

This weekend we will swimming under another of Brunel's Great Western viaduct masterpieces at Gatehampton and continuing down past the Beale Wildlife Park.  Might be a potential ice cream stop? (Australian style waterproof money could be handy.)  After that we head to the pedestrian inaccessible Whitchurch lock where we will have to walk around and jump back in for a short swim under the second of only two toll bridges on the Thames (Remember the other Toll bridge at Swinford back in September last year?) to jump out at Pangbourne Meadows where we are parked.

We'll then repair to the Greyhound pub in Whitchurch for lunch.

We'll be meeting at  Pangbourne River Meadow Car Park at 10:00am on Sunday 29 July:
Parking is free on Sundays

We'll Shuttle to Goring and park at the same car park we finished at on the last swim:
Parking is free here as well, on Sundays

and walk down to the beach Entry Point that we exited at on the last swim:

There is no access, pedestrian or otherwise at Whitchurch Lock, so we'll swim to the lock walk around, get in and swim under Whitchurch Toll bridge and exit in Pangbourne River meadow here:

There may be a challenge for walkers as the Thames path leaves the river at Gatehampton and heads for the Chiltern Hills only to rejoin at Whitchurch.  The tow path crosses to the other side at Gatehampton via a long defunct ferry.  We could consider dropping walkers off on the tow path side on the shuttle up BUT that means peeps will need to arrange for waterproof bags to carry their car keys.

Jeremy and Sef and the Basking Sunfish of the Thames.

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