Oxford to Abingdon

Neil enters Iffley Lock

Today I paddled from Oxford to Abingdon along the Thames with various members of Kingfisher Canoe Club.

The river was quite high and whilst travelling through the three locks on our route I discovered that the EA use a red and yellow card system to communicate the river conditions.

The friendly lock keeper at Sandford-on-Thames gave us a handy card explaining the three conditions:

Caution strong stream
We advise users of all boats not to navigate because the strong flows make it difficult and dangerous.
Caution stream increasing
We advise users of all unpowered boats not to navigate and users of powered boats to find a safe mooring. This is because river flows are likely to strengthen and red boards could be displayed very soon and without warning.
Caution stream decreasing
We advise users of all unpowered boats not to navigate and users of powered boats to navigate with caution.

Afterwards roast dinner at the Wagon & Horses in Culham was in order.

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