Thursday, 2 July 2015

Days Lock to Beale Park

What a difference a day makes - we had a few light showers during today's cruise to Beale Park.

We were away early at 08:00, before the lock keeper was on duty at Day's lock. After Little Wittenham wood on the south bank the view is of flat open farmland. The stone bridge we pass beneath at Shillingford takes customers to the large hotel beside it and traffic south to Wallingford.

Shillingford bridge.

At the large Benson Cruiser's base, lots of clients are having tea/coffee at the outside cafe tables, just around the corner the only lady lock keeper on the Thames (I think) is in overalls to give Benson lock furnishings a lick of paint.

Between Benson and the next lock Goring is a 6 mile stretch passing the town of Wallingford on the west bank and the village of North Stoke on the east bank. North Stoke used to be a favourite stopping place for us to visit the Perch & Pike, but it doesn't look like the village or maybe the farmer encourages mooring anymore.

Brunel's skewed red bricked railway bridge at Moulsford is having maintenance work beneath one of it's arches.
Moulsford bridge, looking upstream

Moulsford bridge, looking downstream

At Cleeve lock we fill the water tank, Pete Townsend of the Who owns the river island by the weir, we stop for lunch aboard FL at Goring before we finish the cruise at Beale park.

A forgery

New boat house going up

The real thing.

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