Tuesday 29 April

We managed to get the last two spaces on the 11.30 tour of the Oxford University Bodleian Library. Only 12 people  per tour which includes the Divinity School (built 1427 – 88), the Duke Humfrey Library (built 1444 – 88), the Convocation House (built 1613 -19) and the Chancellors Court (built 1613-19).  Our guide, Mrs Gonzales, ensured our visit was entertaining as she explained how the various spaces had been used over the years and how they are used by students today.   The Bodleian book depository has every book ever published and currently holds 12 million books with 5,000 new ones arriving each week and we know that we shall never be allowed to touch any book stored there unless we become students again.   We can highly recommend this tour.

We left Oxford after lunch and headed north up the Oxford Canal, stopping for the night at Thrupp.  (5 miles, 4 locks, 3 lift bridges)