We left Thrupp yesterday morning and made our way to Oxford. It was a pleasant journey with no hiccups, and very little boat movement in either direction. Think things are quietening down now.
We went through the lock at Dukes cut, and carried straight on the canal. To the right is the turning for the River Thames. We don’t have a gold licence so can only do this stretch if we pay a visitor fee. We decided we would wait till we want to go on the Thames in the future. We knew there was a 50′ winding hole for us to turn at the end of the canal. In fact it stated 52′ on the noticeboard. Well when we got to the end and attempted to turn, we hadn’t factored in the fenders which obviously took us over the 52′ allowance. We had fun and games trying to turn and in the end gave up and had to go through Isis lock to wind in the 70′ space there. This also takes boats onto the Thames, so we had a brief encounter with the river.
We found a 2 day mooring that was slightly more shaded than we would like, with the railway station in sight. Thank goodness the trains don’t run at night. We had a shower and brief lunch and ventured into Oxford for a look around.
We took many pictures of the old buildings that would be to many to put on the blog. More exploring to do.
Today we made a packed lunch and headed for the museum of Natural History.
It was very interesting and packed with lots to see, in fact too much to see in one day. Lots more pictures taken.
Most of the skeletons exhibited were casts of originals found locally and around the world. Apparently Oxfordshire was the first place in the world to have found dinosaur bones in the 1600’s. Other exhibits were telling of the earths geological history.
We had a very interesting few hours looking around. We then glanced into the Pitts Rivers collection (same building), and ventured along to the History of Science museum. Many of the colleges are open to the public, but most incur a charge. Maybe another time! A stop in Tesco in the town to top up on fruit and veg, then we will have to move tomorrow and head back in the Thrupp direction.