Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dorchester to Abingdon

Thursday - A cool start to our journey to Abingdon, jumpers and 'happy hats' helped to keep out the chill in the easterly wind.

From Days lock the river arch's around the edge of Burcott to Clifton Hampden's fine bridge and church, we have yet to explore Clifton Hampden so may do on the way back downstream. From the bridge a three mile stretch through farmland to both banks much of it obscured by hedge and tree, broken only by a railway bridge at Appleford.

Abingdon is always busy but we all managed to get a berth, two spots on the noisy town moorings by the swimming pool and one on the meadow moorings.

Cool enough for the happy hats to make an appearance.
Abingdon is a gem of a place to visit, sited in between Windsor and Oxford it doesn't appear to be on a tourist trail, you won't find huge car parks full of coaches here. It is very boater friendly, excellent feeless moorings. There is plenty of history in the town, the County Hall Museum is free also and has one of the last MG motor cars to roll of the production line as an exhibit.

Friday, weather wise was a wash out so we have stayed put, Sue went off to the shops and met Diane in town, later I got a call to meet them in a Greek establishment for a delicious lunch 'meze' .... think tapas only cheaper, we had 8  dishes for £7.95 a head.

Changing times, first Thames side narrowboat house we have seen.
The rain was relentless, when we all went to the Nag's Head for an evening drink, part of the bar had water pouring through light fittings in the ceiling. The bar staff were undeterred - thankfully they carried on serving- we had a great evening and a good laugh.

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