The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Griff's Legacy

During his talk, last Thursday, Griff Rhys Jones was encouraging people to use the waterways, and said it is wonderful to go along small rivers where everything is unspoilt...

Today in such a spirit we went for a walk down towards swift ditch, but couldn't get through the usual way from Abingdon Lock because the environment agency are reinforcing some of the river bank.

Having gone the long way round guided by the many diversion signs we did eventually get there...

There was evidence of more repairs about to happen on the railway sleeper bridge over the first swift ditch channel.

When we reached the second channel, the one that passes through the original pound lock, we saw not just one or two boats...

They just kept coming...

Harry and me counted at least ten boats going under the footbridge. Could this be Griff's Legacy?


Anonymous Simon said...

That'll be Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club on one of their regular Monday evening outings -

18 August 2009 17:44  
Blogger Professor Balthazar said...

They should try the windrush, but take Saw's.

18 August 2009 19:04  
Blogger David said...

Yup that was us. Thought I saw a flash as we went by. Good turn out for the Swift Ditch Circuit. Keep a look out for a book to be published soon "Pub Paddles" features this little run.
Dave Chairman PYCC

18 August 2009 23:44  
Anonymous This Charming Man said...

'Thought I saw a flash as we went by...'

Yes, sorry about that. My mac fell open, ahem.

20 August 2009 12:58  
Blogger Mark Thornton said...

David - let us know when the book comes out, we'll have it in the shop!

23 August 2009 16:17  

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