Thames Path : Dorchester to Abingdon

Second walk of the 2016 season continues the Thames path onwards from Dorchester. This was a 9 mile wall plus around 1.5 miles walking at both ends (Oxford rail to X39 bus, Dorchester bypass to Thames, Thames to X3 bus, X3 bus to Oxford rail. Very tiring!

 

Note that due to the large meandering loops in the river, various landmarks such as Didcot power station appear at different aspects throughout the walk. The weather was changeable – only a couple of minutes of rain part way into the large loop after Day’s lock, but clouds moving all around.

 

Heading through the streets of Dorchester on Thames

Heading through the streets of Dorchester on Thames

 

Looking back to the way through Dorchester to the fields and then to the river

Looking back to the way through Dorchester to the fields and then to the river

 

Bridge on the approach to Day's Lock

Bridge on the approach to Day’s Lock

 

Approaching Day's Lock

Approaching Day’s Lock

 

Canoes in Day's Lock

Canoes in Day’s Lock

 

View upstream from Day's Lock

View upstream from Day’s Lock

 

The weir at Day's Lock

The weir at Day’s Lock

 

The path north from Day's Lock

The path north from Day’s Lock

 

Sandy banks on the long meander

Sandy banks on the long meander

 

Empty boat dock

Empty boat dock

 

Panorama from the northern most part of the meandering bend

Panorama from the northern-most part of the meandering bend

 

Didcot power station comes into view again - a common feature of this walk

Didcot power station comes into view again – a common feature of this walk

 

Nice lawns!

Nice lawns!

 

Brick bridge at Clifton Hampden

Brick bridge at Clifton Hampden

 

Bridge House caravan park

Bridge House caravan park

 

Back down to the riverside on the opposite bank

Back down to the riverside on the opposite bank

 

Clifton lock

Clifton lock

 

Lonely bridge - now closed at dangerous

Lonely bridge – now closed at dangerous

 

The weir at Clifton cut

The weir at Clifton cut

 

Didcot power station again

Didcot power station again

 

Fields stretch into the distance

Fields stretch into the distance

 

Small wooden bridge breaks up the monotony of the walk across fields

Small wooden bridge breaks up the monotony of the walk across fields

 

Underneath Appleford railway bridge

Underneath Appleford railway bridge

 

Looking back at awkward section (camber tires the right ankle)

Looking back at awkward section (camber tires the right ankle)

 

Approaching Culham bridge

Approaching Culham bridge

 

Culham lock

Culham lock

 

That power station again!

That power station again!

 

Ahh - only one mile remains

Ahh – only one mile remains

 

From the new wooden bridge, looking north to the older stone one

From the new wooden bridge, looking north to the older stone one

 

On the approach to Abingdon

On the approach to Abingdon

 

The Old Anchor Inn and the spire at Abingdon

The Old Anchor Inn and the spire at Abingdon

 

Bridge across the Thames at Abingdon

Bridge across the Thames at Abingdon

 

Abingdon bridge

Abingdon bridge

 

Live scrollable/zoomable map of the walk:

 

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