Thursday 22nd September Radley 0833 train 0909 Banbury Banbury Bridge 166 Banbury 7.0 Claydon Locks (Bridge 145) 1.8 Wormleighton Reservoir 1.1 A423 junction wait for hitch! car 1.3 Banbury 1730 train 1758 Oxford 1806 train 1812 Radley
|The important part of today's route is the completion of the walk along the Oxford Canal. The route starts in Banbury town centre. There is a lock and a folly of a swing bridge right outside the Castle Quay shopping centre with seats so that shoppers can watch the people messing around in their boats. After Banbury, there are three locks followed by the five locks at Claydon; these mark the ascent to the summit pound. It's then a short stroll from the top Claydon lock to Wormleighton Reservoir (which is visible on the map). This is the start of the D'Arcy Dalton Way: it's 66.4 mile south from here to its other terminus (Wayland's Smithy). Today I'm just going to do 1.1M of it to its junction with the A423. There is little public transport from here, the last bus from Farnborough being at 1439, so I'm going to try to hitch to Banbury. If a hitch doesn't come in an hour, then I'll walk to the pub in Farnborough and order a texi.||
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