Ten Bob Note


Thursday 5th June 2008

Location: Enslow, Oxfordshire, Oxford canal

Today: 8 miles, 6 locks. Total distance: 1423 miles.  Total locks: 977

Phoned BW yesterday to enquire about the state of the river Cherwell and were advised that it was well into the red and not to travel.

Walked into town and had another wander around the shops.

Woke up this morning to a lovely sunny day and decided to move on up to Thrupp for a bit of peace and quiet. The intention was to moor near the lock that takes you up onto the Cherwell (Shipton Lock) and to stay there until the river level drops. We were just about to moor up when a boat came through the lock and told us that they had no trouble coming down the river so we decided we would push on to Enslow. There was a reasonable flow on the river but nothing that concerned us too much. The flow was certainly lower than the flow we pushed against on the Thames last Sunday. Made it to Enslow no trouble at all (we had the anchor to hand just in case though !!).

We passed quite a lot of boats moored up waiting for the Thames to come off red boards (suspect it will be a few more days yet). One boat decided that they would wait no longer and were turning around to head back north again.

Moored up just north of Enslow as we have decided to give the local pub (The Rock of Gibraltar) a try tonight – fingers crossed. We can put the anchor away for a while now :)

The tow path here could do with a bit of clipping – see mooring photo below. We carry a pair of garden shears for just such occasions – they are invaluable.

Current Mooring - a bit overgrown!!

Tiny narrow boat

Nice mooring - someone takes ride in it

River Cherwell below Enslow - Well into the red

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