Geo-Trips :: The Thames Path, leg 19

The Thames Path

A walk from Radcot, Tue, 26 Apr 2016 by David Purchase

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Between 2012 and 2017 a group of four walkers (occasionally accompanied by some 'hangers-on') completed the Thames Path from the Barrier to the source, in 22 legs. Why that way? Well, although uphill, a climb of 120m spread over that many days is not exactly arduous. I, for one, preferred a country to a city ending. And as we all came from the Bristol area, walking towards home was psychologically more satisfying.

When we reached the source (completely dry, as usual) we decided to extend the walk to include the Thames & Severn Canal walk (aka Cotswold Canals Walk), which was fairly local for us. For me this had the advantage that I could complete my third continuous chain of squares 'from sea to shining sea', or more prosaically from tidal water in the North Sea to tidal water in the west. The others were Hadrian's Wall (another Geo-trip of mine) and a long chain from Aberystwyth to Lowestoft (completed over many years and not lending itself to a Geo-trip).

Leg 19, 9.5 km, took us from Radcot to Lechlade. A short walk because we drove home that day.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SU2798 : Camden Farm by David Purchase
Camden Farm
Seen across the River Thames from the Thames Path.

SU2799 : Grafton Lock by David Purchase
Grafton Lock
Looking upstream.

SU2699 : Fields beside the River Thames by David Purchase
Fields beside the River Thames
Seen from the Thames Path.

SU2698 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream.

SU2598 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream.

SU2498 : At "The Anchor" Boat Club by David Purchase
At "The Anchor" Boat Club
The River Thames, looking downstream.

SU2398 : The River Thames near Buscot by David Purchase
The River Thames near Buscot
Looking upstream, the river is overlooked by a fine line of trees.

SU2398 : Buscot Lock by David Purchase
Buscot Lock
On the River Thames, looking upstream.

SU2298 : The River Thames, downstream from Lechlade by David Purchase
The River Thames, downstream from Lechlade
The river meanders more than usual along this stretch, and so the Thames Path... more

SU2299 : St John's Lock, Lechlade by David Purchase
St John's Lock, Lechlade
Looking upstream, with the spire of Lechlade church in the distance.

SU2199 : The church of St Lawrence, Lechlade by David Purchase
The church of St Lawrence, Lechlade
Seen across the River Thames, from the Thames Path.

All images © David Purchase and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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