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Weir pool on the Churwell near Kirtlington

September 9, 2012

Wild swim

From Kirtlington village take Mill Lane past the disused quarry, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on account of the Jurassic fossils found there.

Cross the Oxford canal at Pigeon lock and follow the path to the river. We swam immediately after the second bridge over the middle channel. The river bed is stony, but just about deep enough. Back flow into the weir wasn’t a problem at summer water levels, although I guess it might be in flood.


Jim Thornton

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