Eynsham Lock

Eynsham Lock is on the southern bank of the Thames near Swinford in Oxfordshire, 2.38 km (1.48 mi) downstream from Pinkhill Lock and 4.37 km (2.72 mi) upstream from King's Lock.

A short distance away, on the northern bank of the river, lies the village of Eynsham. Constructed in 1928 by the Thames Conservancy, Eynsham lock was one of the last pound locks to be built on the River Thames.

Around the lock

Time can be spent watching the boats and barges go by, and you may even get the opportunity to help sometimes. As long as you have a rod-licence, you can also try your hand at fishing perch, roach, or pike, for example.

If you are interested in bird watching, you will enjoy birds such as kingfishers, herons and crested grebes, which, amongst others, live in the area of the lock.

There are some picnic benches, and if you consider a longer walk in the area, Eynsham Lock is a great place to stop for a break.

Beyond the lock

The river continues to head south west through mostly open countryside with a large marina on the eastern bank, and Swinford Toll Bridge lies a short distance upstream of the lock. There are circular walks starting in Eynsham, or you can walk part of the Thames Path, which follows the southern bank to Pinkhill Lock.

General Information

  • How to get there

    The lock is close to where the B4044 road crosses the River Thames at Swinford Toll Bridge.

  • Parking

    There is no official car parking nearby, unless you're a customer at the Talbot Inn. However, the lock is easily accessible on foot from the village centre, about 2.4km (1.5 miles) from the lock.

  • Further Information

    Eynsham Lock: http://www.eynsham.org/lock.html