There are now three different websites showing Thames levels in different ways:
GAUGEMAP - Godstow downstream with seven day graph of level (Options for day/week/month/year)
GAUGEMAP - Osney upstream with seven day graph of level (Options for day/week/month/year)
RIVERLEVELS - Godstow downstream with timespan adjustable graphs for week and year
RIVERLEVELS - Osney upstream with timespan adjustable graphs for week and year
and the continuing environment agency sites which now have graphs shown here:
EA GODSTOW Downstream graph -
EA OSNEY Upstream graph -
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|Godstow Flag Status|
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= No restrictions.
= Senior crews only.
= No crews allowed.
= Flag not maintained.
British Moths racing at Medley Sailing Club
Medley Sailing Club Website
LEFT bank. By road go to Binsey ('The Perch') and turn right through (often locked) gate, down to river, and it's on your right.
1793: See an account of a sail from Folly Bridge to Sandford and then on to Nuneham in June 1793. There is a description of trimming the sails to get close to the wind and the patience needed in tacking.
1909: The Stripling Thames, Fred Thacker -
Above [Medley] Weir [now one should say above Medley Footbridge],
one afternoon in the young summer, the wide water was alive with yachts
fluttering ready at the River's edge, or tacking against the clean fresh wind.
For here is the Oxford sailing gound, sailing for mere pleasure being tabu[sic] below Folly Bridge, owing to its interference with other craft in those somewhat narrow waters.
At a spot a quarter of a mile above Medley Weir is a once important crossing of the River known as Binsey Ford; a few yards above the causeway across Binsey Green. Hearne says this was the old ford from which Oxford has its name; but several other spots claim the honour; one by Folly Bridge, one over the old navigation, and others. All these last have fallen into disuse, but the Binsey ford is still clear to see, with its hard gravel foothold. It was in active use, indeed, within living memory, for the horses at grass on Port Meadow used to become so wild that they had to be headed across this ford on to Binsey Green, where they could more easily be caught.
"Where islands have formed on the meadow side there was formerly a foot or more of water, says Mr.Taunt; but on account of the dredging "near half the broad stream in the summer is entirely dry".