Saturday, 2 December 2017

Five Bridges Suite. Nice.

Some reminiscences from the 2017 HBBR Thames Raid . 

Pooh Sticks at Bloomers Hole Footbridge.

Approaching Grafton Lock 
 In the foreground Mark proves you can camp-cruise on a Hobie Kayak. 

John & Josephine in their new self designed and built row cruiser proving
you can camp cruise with two in style. Ever get the feeling you're being watched? 

Adrian & Pete in Bram, an Iain Oughtred Beaver canoe. 
Roger & Paul play at being lock-keepers.

Roger arrives at "The Swan" by Radcot Bridge.
Reputed to be the oldest on the river.
The Bridge not Roger. 

Katie Beardie at rest by Radcot Bridge. 
Looks like its in a state of constant repair. (The Bridge). 

Will she Won't She?
  Buttock clenching moments under Ten Foot Bridge, with a nine and a half foot pole

 The Elegant arch of Tadpole Bridge conveniently situated right by yet another pub called
 "The Trout." 

We stopped for a pint and a look at the man's engine. 

The Splendour of Clifton Hampden Bridge designed by Sir Gilbert Scott,
More famous for designing St Pancras Station in London  

The Barley Mow pub, made famous by Jerome K Jerome (so good they named him twice) is just over the bridge. 

You have been warned! 
what the hell's a Skew Bridge?

Ah, so two-way traffic, on a bend, through the low arch of Godstow Bridge
 which was conveniently built at an angle across the river. Those Monks, always having a laugh. Hope there's nothing coming.  

A bridge too far?


Tony said...

Looks like an enjoyable trip in kind weather

Navigating by pubs ..... what a great idea :)

Unknown said...

Thanks from the left coast of the USA. We would do well to emulate your style....seem to be working on the pubs, now for the genteel river traffic.