There are two links between the Oxford Canal and the Thames. Dukes Cut, to the north, and this, the delightfully named Sheepwash Channel.
The first time we cruised this way, we missed this turning. It is not signposted, and the junction is not obvious until you are right on top of it. We ended up going further up the Thames, and entering via the Dukes Cut. The junction was considerably more overgrown when we first cruised up the Thames a few years ago.
We have done this deliberately this time. The section of Thames between the two is quite exceptional, and we enjoyed it so much then we decided to go that way again, even though we want to go to the very southern end of the Oxford Canal.
The Sheepwash Channel is a very short link to the Thames, under a very low road bridge and an even lower railway bridge. There is also a now disused former railway swing bridge. Built in 1850, it is now Grade I Listed. Derelict since the 1980s, it is in process of being restored. I will post a photograph of it when we reach the southern end of the Oxford Canal.
- Taken: 24 Sep 2017
- Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
- Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
- Focal Length 15mm
- 1/640 Sec
- ISO 200