Thursday, 5 August 2010

Old and new, the new A34 bridge and old lift bridge

Cycling through Isis Lock

Thursday 5th August

After going into Oxford for some provisioning we set off for Osney Lock and the short cutting which leads to the Oxford Canal.

Passing through Isis Lock we said farewell to the River Thames and hello to lovely narrow locks. It's a joy to use these locks, everything is easier to move, and it's the natural home of a narrowboat.

We chugged gently up the cut, passing through several lift bridges, which seem to be a feature of this bit of the canal system. The picture above shows the old and new as stark contrasts. The new A34 bridge and lift bridge 233. These bridges are quite well balanced and one only has to sit on the balance beam while the boat glides underneath.

We've travelled as far as Thrupp today and have moored up for the night.

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