A New Quest

I’ve been thinking for quite a while now that I would like to investigate the river systems within my home county of Oxfordshire (Oxon for short).

Having set out this morning with that in mind I first travelled to Abingdon.

This is Abingdon Bridge, original construction completed in 1422, widened a number of times over the years until a partial rebuild in 1927 (thanks Wikipedia). This traffic control has been in place now for around 18 months while plans are made for its repair. As an historical structure repair methods are strictly controlled.

This was the view to the left of the previous photo, the Thames is running quite high and fast due to the recent heavy rains after a very dry summer.

This is the River Ock at Lyford, the Ock is minor tributary of the Thames and flows into it in Abingdon at a point downstream of the previous photo.

Having thought previously of journeying to just the rivers in the county of which there are 13, I have now decided to include named streams, brooks and ditches along with canals and reservoirs. There also numerous unnamed streams and drainage ditches I’ll look as the fancy takes.

I as going to call this Quest the Oxon River Quest, however, as it will be all encompassing I will have to think of another title.

6 response to "A New Quest"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 23, 2022

    1422! That is just amazing to me!
    Great looking at the photos, and looking forward to more waterways.

    I did go to Google Maps, Abingdon — and they show a bridge over the Thames — went to the street view and sure enough that’s the bridge! That particular photo shows a LOT of traffic on the bridge.
    At first I didn’t understand the triangle where you bicycle is, but after seeing the google photo now I do. Very brill! (and yes, I had to look up how to say that in English, English. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the post!

    • By: DJG Posted: November 24, 2022

      Rich, thanks for our kind comments.
      The bridge gets very busy at peak travel times, its one of the few access roads into town.
      Funny you should say brill, its the name of a village in the neighbouring county of Buchinghamshire it has a lovely restored windmill. I haven’t been there on the bike for a few years, I must try and get out there soon.
      Hope you have great day,

  2. By: NancyG Posted: November 24, 2022

    Yes, 1422 is a year, or century, we here in the US cannot quite get our head around!! This seems it will be an interesting trip you will take us on. Thanks for that and for the photos that bring it all to life.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 28, 2022

    Interesting to follow waterways. I think we have only two rivers in my county. In a series of rides a few years ago, I traced a nearby creek from its source in the hills to its confluence with the Russian River, and then to the ocean. I reckon it might be a bit of ride to follow the Thames from your home to the sea.. πŸ˜‰

    • By: DJG Posted: November 29, 2022

      Been thinking of following the systems for a while now.
      I certainly wouldn’t fancy following the Thames anywhere beyond Reading let alone the English Channel / North Sea.
      Of the 13 rivers, I think 5 are completely contained within the county boundaries, plenty of scope for investigations there.

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