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THE SWAN INN at Radcot

Camping: see Swan website quoted below


from Environment Agency Guide 2012-2013

This section in The Stripling Thames by Fred Thacker

1910: This section in Thames Valley Villages by Charles G Harper

The Swan Inn, Radcot, left bank just below new Radcot Bridge, Accommodation. 01367 810220.
Swan website (2012) -

Food at The Swan Hotel is served between these hours:
12.00pm - 2.30pm / 6.00pm - 9.00pm Monday-Friday
12.00pm - 9.00pm Saturday
12.00pm - 8.00pm Sunday (Roast Dinners Only)

For those of you that are able to enjoy the waterways aboard your own boat we can offer a variety of permanent or visitor moorings. (01367 810220).

We are pleased to introduce Navigator Holidays Ltd to the Swan Hotel, they offer family holidays from our moorings on their 6 berth narrowboat.

Fishing permits for the river around Radcot can be obtained from the Swan Hotel.

The island adjacent to the hotel is the perfect spot for caravans, motor-homes and trailer tents. If walking or boating the Thames Path, please enquire as we may be able to accommodate a small tent. Water and outside toilet facilities are available at The Swan.

We currently do not offer accommodation to the public.

Swan Radcot 2000
The Swan Hotel at Radcot, 2000.

1909: The Stripling Thames, Fred Thacker, quotes Peacock -

But thou art sweet, my native stream!
Thy waves in liquid lustre play,
And glitter in the morning beam,
And chime to rest the closing day.
While the vast mountain's dizzy steep
The whirlwind's eddying rage assails,
The gentlest zephyrs softly sweep
The verdure of thy sheltered vales:
While o'er the wild and whitening seas
The unbridled north triumphant roars,
Thy stream scarce ripples in the breeze,
That bends the willow on thy shores.

Idyllic indeed: but the poet might have written less carressingly had he spent the dark hours in my boat one wild August night as I lay by the Swan at Radcot, and wondered whether the Southwest would hurl some elms across me first, or break my mooring lines that strained and jerked so unceasingly at their knots. You get wild grey water, you get wind as iron that rings, here by the Thames as truly as beside the sea.

1951: Edward Ardizzone, Sketches from a Holiday Afloat -

Drink some much needed pints of beer at the Swan.

 

1956: Robert Gibbings, Till I End My Song -

I spent some pleasant days at the Swan by Radcot Bridge.

“The house is yours”, said Mr Bowl the landlord, when I put my bag inside his door.
“You go where you like and ask for what you want;  a couple of extra eggs for breakfast or a pot of tea at any time.  There’s boats in the boat-house, help yourself, and if you want to make a splash in the river there’s deep water under the diving stage by the bridge.”…

I was content to sit in the garden and watch, appropriately enough, the swans, seventeen of them, riding so proudly the wind ruffled water, or gliding effortlessly where no ripple but of their own making, disturbed the reflected light. Kingfishers streaked up and down stream, swallows splashed as they swooped at drowning insects, wagtails pied and grey ran to and fro about the lawn.

 

Swan Radcot Sale 1919

Notice the sale here in 1919 included the sale of its hire fleet comprising 2 Single skiffs, 2 double sculling boats, 4 pleasure punts and an excellent fishing punt.
We have lost a lot of ground in the way we use our rivers today!

 
 
 
 
(Upstream to Radcot New Bridge)




 
 







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QEII Br
Barrier
Tower Br
Custom Ho
London Br
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Cannon St Rb
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Millenium Br
Blackfriars Rb
Blackfriars Br
Waterloo Br
Charing Cross Rb
Westminster Br
Lambeth Br
Vauxhall Br
Victoria Rb
Chelsea Br
Albert Br
Battersea Br
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Wandsworth Br
Fulham Rb
Putney Br
Hammersmith Br
Barnes Rb
Chiswick Br
Kew Rb
Kew Br
RICHMOND
Twickenham Br
Richmond Rb
Richmond Br
TEDDINGTON
Kingston Rb
Kingston Br
Ditton Slip
Hampton Br
MOLESEY
SUNBURY
Walton Br
Desborough Cut
SHEPPERTON
Chertsey Br
CHERTSEY
M3 Br
Laleham Slip
PENTON HOOK
Staines Rb
Staines Br
Runnymede Br
BELL WEIR
Magna Carta Is
OLD WINDSOR
Albert Br
Datchet
Victoria Br
Black Potts Rb
ROMNEY
Eton
Windsor Br
Windsor Rb
Windsor Slip
Elizabeth Br
BOVENEY
Dorney Lake
York Cut
Summerleaze Fb
MonkeyIsland
New Thames Br
BRAY
Bray Slip
Maidenhead Rb
Maidenhead Br
Below Boulters
BOULTERS
Cliveden
Hedsor
COOKHAM
Cookham Slip
Cookham Br
BourneEnd RFb
Quarry Woods
A404 Br
MARLOW
Marlow Br
Bisham
TEMPLE
HURLEY
Medmenham
Culham Ct
Aston Slip
HAMBLEDEN
Temple Is
Fawley Ct
Remenham
Regatta
Phyllis Ct
Henley Slip
Leander
Red Lion
Henley Br
Angel on Br
Landing
Hobbs Boatyard
Hobbs Slipway
MARSH
Hennerton
Bolney
Wargrave
Shiplake Rb
R.Loddon
SHIPLAKE
Sonning Br
SONNING
Dreadnought
K&A Canal
CAVERSHAM
Reading Br
Caversham Br
Reading Slip
Purley
MAPLEDURHAM
Hardwick Ho
Whitchurch Br
WHITCHURCH
Hartswood Reach
Gatehampton Rb
Goring Gap
Goring Br
GORING
Swan
CLEEVE
Moulsford
Moulsford Rb
Papist Way Slip
Winterbrook Br
Wallingford Br
BENSON
Shillingford Br
R.Thame
DAYS
Burcot
Clifton Hampden
Clifton Church
Clifton H Br
Barley Mow
Long Wittenham
CLIFTON
Appleford Rb
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Br
CULHAM
Culham Cut Fb
Abingdon Slip
Abingdon
Abingdon Br
ABINGDON
Nuneham Rb
Nuneham
Nuneham Park
Radley Boats
SANDFORD
Rose Island
Kennington Rb
Isis Br
Iffley Mill
IFFLEY
Oxford Rowing
Isis
Donnington Br
Riverside Slip
Boathouses
Punting
Lower Cherwell
Upper Cherwell
Islip
Head of River
Salters Steamers
Folly Br
Bacons Folly
Oxford Fb
Osney Fb
Weir stream
Osney Rb
Bullstake Stream
Osney Marina
OSNEY
Osney Br
Four Rivers
OLD RIVER
CANAL
Medley Weir Site
Medley Fb
Bossoms
Perch
Trout
GODSTOW
Godstow Nunnery
Godstow Br
Thames Br
KINGS
River Evenlode
EYNSHAM
Swinford Br
Oxford Cruisers
PINKHILL
Farmoor
Stanton Harcourt
Bablock Slip
Arks Weir Site
NORTHMOOR
Harts Fb
Rose Revived
Newbridge
Maybush
River Windrush
below Shifford
SHIFFORD
Shifford Fb
Tenfoot Fb
Trout Inn
Tadpole Br
RUSHEY
Old Mans Fb
RADCOT
Radcot Cradle Fb
Swan Inn
Radcot New Br
Radcot Old Br
GRAFTON
Eaton Hastings
Kelmscott
Eaton Fb
BUSCOT
Bloomers Hole Fb
Trout Inn
St Johns Br
ST JOHNS
Halfpenny Br
Marina Slip
LIMIT
Inglesham
Hannington Br
Kempsford
Castle Eaton Br
Marston Meysey
A419 Br
Cricklade
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