Geo-Trips :: The Thames Path, leg 22 - the final leg

The Thames Path

A walk from Somerford Keynes, Mon, 10 Apr 2017 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 22, our final leg, took us from Somerford Keynes to the source north of Kemble. It was 11.5 km long, but that included the return to Kemble (the nearest practicable parking point).

Ten days later, we started on the Thames and Severn Way (see the next link).

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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SU0194 : The River Thames near Neigh Bridge Lake by David Purchase
The River Thames near Neigh Bridge Lake
Seen from the Thames Path on an early April morning, the river was crystal clear.

SU0195 : Field by the River Thames by David Purchase
Field by the River Thames
Seen from the Thames Path, a footpath to Somerford Keynes crosses the field just ahead.

SU0195 : River Thames below Old Mill Farm by David Purchase
River Thames below Old Mill Farm
From the Thames Path.

SU0196 : River Thames near Upper Mill Farm by David Purchase
River Thames near Upper Mill Farm
Seen from the Thames Path

SU0196 : Large barns at Upper Mill Farm by David Purchase
Large barns at Upper Mill Farm
Some agricultural buildings can dominate a scene. These barns are seen from the... more

SU0196 : Poplars beside the infant Thames by David Purchase
Poplars beside the infant Thames
Seen from the Thames Path, looking upstream less than 3 miles from the source.

SU0096 : Cattle by the infant Thames by David Purchase
Cattle by the infant Thames

SU0197 : The River Thames near Ewen by David Purchase
The River Thames near Ewen
Taken from the Thames Path, and (according to my GPS) just in square SU0197.

SU0097 : Approaching Ewen on the Thames Path by David Purchase
Approaching Ewen on the Thames Path
The gate ahead is a snare and a delusion. If you go through it, you go straight... more

SU0097 : A small weir on the River Thames at Ewen by David Purchase
A small weir on the River Thames at Ewen
Here, looking upstream, we are less than 3 miles from the source. It seems to me... more

SU0097 : The River Thames at Ewen by David Purchase
The River Thames at Ewen
Looking upstream from the bridge at Ewen, this appeared to be the first spot (less... more

ST9997 : The River Thames at Parker's Bridge by David Purchase
The River Thames at Parker's Bridge
Looking upstream.

ST9898 : The River Thames near its source by David Purchase
The River Thames near its source
Looking upstream. I would not normally quote the camera position to 10 figures,... more

ST9899 : Approaching Thames Head by David Purchase
Approaching Thames Head
The white stone between the trees, just right of centre, marks the source of the... more

ST9898 : Trees beside the infant River Thames by David Purchase
Trees beside the infant River Thames
Below these trees is often the first point at which water can be seen in the River... more

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