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.