The Thames: Abingdon Revisited and the Swan Upping

Swan Uppers moving fast to the "finish line" in Abingdon.

Swan Uppers moving fast to the “finish line” in Abingdon.

Before departing for France we made one last excursion up the Thames as far as Oxford. Going to Oxford meant that we’d twice again pass through the fine village of Abingdon, a popular mooring spot.

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The Thames: Abingdon

 

Abingdon presents well from the Thames.

Abingdon presents well from the Thames.

Leaving Cleeve Lock near Goring we pushed upstream against the Thames’ current until we reached the historic market town of Abingdon. Abingdon claims to be the oldest continuously occupied town in Britain, an assertion that is difficult to dispute. Today the town is popular with tourists and boaters. And like our prior stop at Cleeve Lock, Abingdon has a place in modern music history. The band Radiohead formed when studying at Abingdon School. Continue reading