Geo-Trips :: The Thames Path, leg 20

The Thames Path

A walk from Lechlade, Sat, 8 Oct 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 20, 17 km, took us from Lechlade to Cricklade, the last two towns of any significance on the (upstream) route.

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SU2097 : Farmland beside the A361 by David Purchase
Farmland beside the A361
Taken from the Thames Path, which for about a mile has to follow the verge of this... more

SU2096 : The A361 in Upper Inglesham by David Purchase
The A361 in Upper Inglesham
Heading for Lechlade and Burford. For about a mile the Thames Path follows the... more

SU1996 : Plodding along the Thames Path by David Purchase
Plodding along the Thames Path
For about ten kilometres between Lechlade and Castle Eaton, the Thames Path passes... more

SU1996 : A corner on the Thames Path by David Purchase
A corner on the Thames Path
For about ten kilometres between Lechlade and Castle Eaton, the Thames Path passes... more

SU1896 : The Thames Path near Sterts Farm by David Purchase
The Thames Path near Sterts Farm
Seen as if walking downstream - although the river is 500 metres away! For about... more

SU1895 : Farmland near Hannington Wick by David Purchase
Farmland near Hannington Wick
Seen from the Thames Path.

SU1795 : Farmland near Bridge Farm by David Purchase
Farmland near Bridge Farm
Seen from the Thames Path.

SU1395 : On the Thames Path by David Purchase
On the Thames Path
Shown as if walking downstream. The path here follows the river, but the luxuriant... more

SU1394 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream. On the stretch of the Thames Path upstream of Castle Eaton, this... more

SU1294 : Farmland near Water Eaton, east of Cricklade by David Purchase
Farmland near Water Eaton, east of Cricklade
Seen from the Thames Path. Despite the lowering sky, it remained dry all day.

SU1293 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream from the Thames Path (on the left).

SU1293 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream from the footbridge carrying the Thames Path across the river.

SU1194 : Farmland beside the River Thames by David Purchase
Farmland beside the River Thames
South-east of Eysey, seen from the Thames Path.

SU1193 : The River Thames by David Purchase
The River Thames
Looking upstream, from the Thames Path.

SU1093 : The River Thames leaving Cricklade by David Purchase
The River Thames leaving Cricklade
Looking downstream, from the Thames Path. The plaque starts "Cross the... more

SU1093 : Cricklade from the east by David Purchase
Cricklade from the east
Taken from Fairview Fields, with the Thames Path and the river just out of shot to... more

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