72. Narrowboat River Thames through Oxford & Supersizing Culham?


{Music} Hello, thank you very much for watching. Well
I’m still heading south on beautiful River Thames. This time of year is perfect for navigating
this waterway because It’s just like a mill pond. {Music} I had lots of people say, oh you’ve got
to be careful, there’s really fast flowing water. I think they’re referring to when
they travelled on it, possibly in the winter, when the river would be fuller. But this time of year, late spring, early
summer, absolutely beautiful. I’ve moored up in the sort of, non-urban areas. I’ve
been using mooring pins. No issues what so ever, the ground is nice and firm. I have
had some really stunningly hot days. Because Molly has no tow path to run along, because
the river winds back and forth, we’re out for a quick walk at the moment. But likewise, you can just relax in the evening
and you’ve got these beautiful sunsets and really nice sun rises and it’s a really
nice experience to be fair. I’m going through and past Oxford, mm probably today, maybe
the next day and I’m expecting lots of rowers between Oxford and Reading. I fully expect
it’s further on as well. The rowers all in training, Universities are all using
the Thames as well. It’s a huge river. Plenty of room for all of us. I’ve had no issues with any of the locks.
A lot of them are automated so you just get off and press a button. And the locks right
at the top are with big wheels. It’s almost like turning a ship to open the gate paddles.
I suppose that’s because of the pressure of water or it’s just simply the style of
how that lock is done. Very impressed with all the facilities, everything’s very clean.
It’s run by the Environment Agency and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. {Music} Carrying on east down the River Thames we
pass Farmoor Reservoir. This supplies the Wiltshire town of Swindon and has a capacity
of nearly 14 million litres. Heading in a wide curve past Dukes Cut, where
I originally entered the river my journey takes me south down through the city of Oxford. I didn’t want to moor in the city or its
suburbs, so carried on south, to the east of Abingdon where I stayed for the night next
to a large meadow. You can moor really close to the reservoir
and it’s a nice place to take a walk. However, dogs are completely banned from the reservoir
grounds. Just as you come towards Godstow Lock are
the ruins of Godstow Abbey, also known as Godstow Nunnery. Built in the 12 th century,
Henry II’s mistress Rosamund Clifford was buried here in 1176 but the exact location
of her grave is now unknown. {Music} Most of the locks from here on are hydraulic.
At Osney Lock the resident lock keeper was here to help. If they weren’t however there
are guides on each control should you need to navigate outside the lock keepers’ hours. Molly, sit. {Birds singing} Surrounded on two sides by the River Thames,
is the small village of Culham. This village however is going through some major changes
and the locals are campaigning against it. The Council are planning to build a small
town right next to the village and super sizing it from 170 homes to 3,500. When complete,
it’ll have a population of around 10,000 and not only threatens this beautiful countryside,
but also Culham Park Motocross Track. It’s a fully graded track and has been here
for 35 years. With each meet drawing nearly 400 motorcycle riders and between 3000 to
5000 spectators, this 2km track is at risk of closure and the locals would prefer this
busy motocross track, than 3,500 new homes. I moored up just west of the track for the
night before continuing south down the river. Until next time, see ya later.

49 thoughts on “72. Narrowboat River Thames through Oxford & Supersizing Culham?

  1. Can’t wait for the next video.
    Absolutely superb production.
    Love Molly. Wish you would make more & longer videos.

  2. There are plenty of already crappy places around that part of the world with enough space for those House why not build on the open land there rather than ruin a beautiful village. The types who will buy those egg boxes will not appreciate the beauty around there anyway, bland boxes for bland people!

  3. I'm sure if the guardians met Molly in person, she'd be welcome at their old reservoir.

  4. Everytime is a "quick" walk for Molly….. a better behaved and devoted friend you could not wish for. You did forget to edit back the shot of her "un"-staying… or is she still waiting there patiently?.

  5. you are one of the best and the amount of subscribers show that.

  6. Another potentially prize-winning production. We are always thrilled to see a new Jono video. Thank you.

  7. OOOmy…. a winner in my book, music, editing, wonderful work, on my favoprite means of travel.

  8. Molly does not appear at all relaxed on the back of the boat when you are cruising.

  9. A man and his dog, on a boat. Every video is a man and his dog, on a boat….and yet….I keep coming back for more.

    Must be it strikes a cord with me. Maybe Jono knows something we don't. Only way to find out is to keep watching.

    And I do so enjoy watching. Keep it up Jono!

  10. Great vlog mate, still waiting to see how you have finished the inside of your boat

  11. I laughed as after you said you were out with Molly for a quick walk, the next frame had Molly running along !lol,,,,you werent joking at a quick walk .

  12. Enjoyed this video bro there are some lovely views in it. All the best

  13. It all looks so pretty. I loved seeing Molly flat out, fast asleep next to you. She’s gorgeous. Thank you for a lovely video

  14. Jono how's Alice coming along?? Not seen how your getting on with her for a bit.

  15. Oooh Rosamund Clifford got a mention: ‘Fair Rosamund’ is one of my ancestors! Ps great shots of Fair Molly. ?

  16. I'm from Canada. I didn't realize how far the Thames goes – almost to the river Severn, of which there is a namesake near my place. I really enjoy your videos which are getting better and better. Cheers.

  17. We have a mix breed Retriever and she has a complete different character than Molly.
    I love seeing her on your videos, she is so bright and well behaving.
    Thanks for this beautiful video.

  18. All of your video are enjoyable, but this once seemed to have that extra umpfff. The music was an excellent choice (of course "the ear of the beholder"). I really liked the close up of Molly. She looks so mature now. I don't think I've paid that much attention to her as I just love her dash abouts, but she looks like the mature lady know. Isn't her 4th coming up soon?

  19. 10,000 Muslims and Migrants I don't blame them for trying to stop It. It will become a Landfill not Unlike the Village In Calli. The Smell from that place was really Bad In Person I used to go over a Lot. Good Journey to You. We did Surrey to Stafford In One Week It Is Beautiful. Don't go through Banbry when the Festival Is on unless You are Stopping.

  20. Jono, why did you choose “Alice” as the name for your boat?

    Apologies if that’s too personal……..

  21. I wouldn't exactly call that a big river but then again I'm used to seeing the Mississippi river Missouri river and Columbia river lol

  22. To the people of Culham, stand up against your corrupt developer council. They will destroy your environment and you can guarantee they are being paid to do so.
    Cheers

  23. I really like the way you show the route on Google Earth. I have tried this but the route won’t follow the canal. Is this an “add in” or extension that I don’t have? Thanks and keep up the good work really enjoying your cinematography.

  24. I love the rich chestnut brown of Mollies eye. She is a beautiful dog.

  25. Another enjoyable video. Nice to meet you at Crick,thanks for taking the time to chat. House goes on the market next week so getting closer to making final decision re future course of action! Dave Bedding from Ireland

  26. Thank you for another delightful episode. It’s good to see both you and Molly enjoying life.

  27. God morning Jono and sweet Molly. You mentioned in one vid that you saw Alice in the satellite Google earth. I Google earthed our house one day and there on the picture was my hubby up a ladder cleaning my windows lol.
    Love your journeys. You take us out there with you , its wonderfull. Take care both

  28. 5:19 Had to laugh at moored boat "Sharp End". But whether it had 'Blunt end' at the other end, we'll never know !

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