Geo-Trips :: The Thames Path, leg 21

The Thames Path

A walk from Cricklade, Tue, 1 Nov 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 21 was 12 km and took us from Cricklade to Somerford Keynes. For some reason which I cannot now recall (possibly my companions were a bit fed up of the delays for photography), the photos were not taken on the day of the walk (Nov 8), but a week earlier. The chain is complete, but is in part slightly south of the Path.

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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SU0290 : Minety village by David Purchase
Minety village
On a rather grey 1st of November.

SU0390 : The lane to Minety Common by David Purchase
The lane to Minety Common

SU0090 : Approaching Upper Minety by David Purchase
Approaching Upper Minety
A nice splash of colour on a dull day, in the centre of the picture.

SU0190 : The approach to Minety Park by David Purchase
The approach to Minety Park
The maps have 'Minety House', but I have to assume that the people who live there... more

SU0994 : Open country just north of Cricklade by David Purchase
Open country just north of Cricklade
Much used by local dog walkers. The infant River Thames is not far away (200... more

SU0993 : Reeds, Cricklade by David Purchase
Reeds, Cricklade
Reeds is the rather unusual street name for this housing development on the... more

SU0993 : Common Hill roundabout, Cricklade by David Purchase
Common Hill roundabout, Cricklade
Common Hill is about half a mile to the west (right). It rises less than 30m. In... more

SU0893 : Approaching the Cricklade Hotel and Country Club by David Purchase
Approaching the Cricklade Hotel and Country Club
As far as I can tell, the one absolute requirement of a Country Club is a... more

SU0793 : The road to Ashton Keynes by David Purchase
The road to Ashton Keynes
This 2-mile stretch of road between the B4040 and Ashton Keynes has several speed... more

SU0692 : All Saints church, Leigh by David Purchase
All Saints church, Leigh
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SU0692 : The lane from Waterhay to Leigh by David Purchase
The lane from Waterhay to Leigh
On my visit to this part of Wiltshire there were several neatly-cut hedges (as on... more

SU0693 : The infant River Thames by David Purchase
The infant River Thames
Looking downstream, just below Waterhay Bridge. This is not the Thames Path! For... more

SU0593 : The road to Ashton Keynes by David Purchase
The road to Ashton Keynes
This 2-mile stretch of road between the B4040 and Ashton Keynes has several speed... more

SU0493 : Ashton Keynes from the south by David Purchase
Ashton Keynes from the south
Approaching what is, with one or two exceptions, an extremely attractive village.... more

SU0494 : Holy Cross church, Ashton Keynes by David Purchase
Holy Cross church, Ashton Keynes
A really fine church, well worth a visit. It now finds itself 'out on a limb',... more

SU0492 : Approaching the B4696 by David Purchase
Approaching the B4696
A T-junction is just ahead. The B4696 from the A419 east of South Cerney, round... more

SU0592 : Cove House, Leigh by David Purchase
Cove House, Leigh
Cove House Farm, and a furniture maker, are off to the right along the track in... more

SU0491 : Farmland west of Leigh by David Purchase
Farmland west of Leigh

SU0490 : The drive to Gryphon Lodge Farm by David Purchase
The drive to Gryphon Lodge Farm
This drive is a bridleway, but obviously not open to vehicles unless they have... more

SU0392 : The lane to Minety by David Purchase
The lane to Minety

SU0391 : A corner on the lane to Minety by David Purchase
A corner on the lane to Minety

SU0291 : Approaching Lower Moor, Minety by David Purchase
Approaching Lower Moor, Minety
Turning left at the T-junction ahead will take you under the Swindon to Stroud... more

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