Saturday 1st October Abingdon 0930 drive 1005 Wantage Limborough Road Wantage Market Place 1030 38 1046 Childrey 1.0 West Chalow 2.0 Grove Bridge Farm 1.5 SU420901 0.8 railway bridge 2.0 Willow Barn Farm 1.7 Marsham Mill turn 1.3 A34 crossing 0.8 New Cut Mill 0.7 Thames 0.8 Abingdon 1545 1700 1755 1857 31 31 31 31 1617 1732 1827 1924 Wantage Market Place Wantage Limborough Road drive Abingdon
|Except for 1 mile at the start and 1.5 miles at the end, the route for today follows the line of the old Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. So it's northwards out of Childrey to find the Canal at West Challow. Although not marked on the adjacent map, the OS Explorer map implies that this section of the Canal has water in it. The route follows the Canal which goes eastwards to East Challow (which is on the second map below). The Canal then goes alongside the southern outskirts of Grove and appears as the blue line that is just to the east of Grove on the map below. The Canal then turns northeastwards making a bee-line for the Thames at Abingdon. Here there are places on the OS Explorer map where the line of the Canal is not marked in blue, and presumably it may be more difficult to track where it actually goes. The route leaves the Canal momentarily to cross the A34, and then tries to follow it through the housing estates of Abingdon. There is a Wilts and Berks Canal sign at the point where it joins the Thames.||
Images produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.