[OSS RATS] OSS Swim the Thames - Swim #1 Cricklade Bridge to Water Eaton House - Mon 02 May 10:30 - 15:00

Jeremy Wellingham jeremy at wellingham.com
Mon Apr 25 21:56:28 BST 2011

Swim #1 in OSS Oxon and Reading's Swim the Thames event series.

Cricklade Bridge to Water Eaton House - Mon 02 May 10:30 - 15:00

This is the first "swim" in our attempt to swim the length of the Thames
from the
source to the sea (well the end of the non-tidal Thames at Teddington at

Following on from the initial walk from the Source to Cricklade on Good
Friday, we
will paddle, wade and even swim a bit from Cricklade Bridge to Water
Eaton House.

This stretch combines swims 1 & 2 from Michael Worthington's book - 'I
Love the
Thames' -... and will cover 3km but if the going gets too heavy we will
stop half way
at Eysey Manor footbridge and re-schedule the remainder for another day.

We will be meeting at 10:30am at the Town Hall car park in Cricklade
(marked by green
arrow). (Same as the Good Friday Source to Cricklade walk.)


>From here we will shuttle down to the end point at the footbridge near
Water Eaton
House - parking is limited - and walk back up to Cricklade so we can
survey the river
for obstacles from the safety of the bank.  (Recommended practice from
Mike's book
and particularly relevant for these early sections of the river.) To
avoid any
gymnastics at Cricklade bridge we can jump in the river from the path at
the point it
diverges from the river just on the boundary of Cricklade and paddle up
the river to
Cricklade bridge and then turn round and start the paddle proper back
down to Water
Eaton house. Shuttle back to Cricklade and find a pub for drink / lunch.
(Or bring a
picnic if the weather is kind . . .)

Having inspected the Thames at Cricklade at the end of our Source to
Cricklade walk
this is going to require a decent pair of 'feet' - a pair of  surf boots
with thick
grip soles - but you can get cheap shoes of  the kind that you can buy
at the beach
for very little and they'll do, either on their own, or with a pair of
wetsuit socks
which are again quite cheap. (See OSS  Wading Shoes Facebook discussion -


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and accepted

the OSS swim responsibility statement:


All swimmers swim at their own risk.

Jeremy Wellingham And Sefryn Penrose

e-mail: Oxford at outdoorswimmingsociety.com

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