The Oratory boat house is the only rowing user of this stretch. There is a thriving canoe centre at Pangbourne – The Dolphin Centre – both sports work very well together.
Pleasure boats tend to moor along Pangbourne meadow – just watch out for them if you venture up that way. It’s also a popular fishing spot along the meadow and down stream from the boathouse – always be co-operative and watch out for their gear.
Other areas to be wary of are:
- the toll bridge, and beyond this the weir and lock cut – never row above the bridge.
- the weir and lock at Mapledurham – turn well before you reach this area.
- the small island down stream of Mapledurham
- various corners along the reach – just ensure you remain on the correct side!
- riverside trees which have a tendency to jump out at unsuspecting scullers and entangle them!
Keep a good look out for wildlife along the reach – kingfishers, cormorants and herons are common, barn owls are often seen quartering over the meadow, red kites and buzzards ride the thermals overhead ….it’s a lovely spot.