What a difference a week makes!!
We are on our way to Lechlade on our 2nd trip this year and the flow of the River Thames has reduced dramatically. It has only been 3 days since we returned to Oxford but the engine revs have dropped, enabling us to have a much more relaxed journey.
Prior to our first trip up to Lechlade it rained heavily for 36 hours and as the Thames Valley covers such a vast area, including the Cotswolds, this was the reason for the severity of the flow.
After the rain we were held up at Marlow and waited 3 days for the flow to subside and in that time we noticed that the river level dropped by 2 feet.
The Environment Agency manage the weirs very well and put warnings out to boaters with red boards or increasing or decreasing river conditions at every lock. They are also very helpful when chatting to them. At Pinkhill Lock, Mr & Mrs Brown, Keepers, have now retired. They have been replaced by their son Peter, who, incidentally has lived at the Lock cottage over 30 years. He’ s a keen “new breed” of Keepers and we wish him well for the future.
We are now into sunnier days and the spring and early summer colours are now much stronger. Of course this has also had the effect of bringing more boaters out and the river is noticeably busier.