The path detours away from the Thames in places by some distance, I presume to get around parcels of land the landowners don't want walkers on. This puts extra miles on the journey. The walk is completely rural hugging the meandering river 50% of the time, edges of farmers fields and a section of tarmac road make up the rest.
I walked as far as Castle Eaton and the Red Lion pub which was closed, it was early and it looked like there was refurbishment going on. So no point hanging around. I could have done with some refreshment, this walk was a spur of the moment decision and I hadn't bothered bringing water.
Sunday worshipers at the Parish church invited me to join them - if a cuppa was on offer I might have considered it - I thanked them for their kindness and took the photo I had come for.
Walking back to the T junction at the top of the village a sign displayed 4 miles to Cricklade. My tracker informed me I had already walked 8.74 miles. So I terminated the walk here and did the route in reverse.
|Saint John the Baptist at Inglesham|
"The Thames was all gold. God it was beautiful, so fine that I began working a frenzy, following the sun and its reflections on the water" -Claude Monet
|Field of sunflowers|
|This boat is moored about 3 miles upriver of Lechlade's roundhouse on the edge of the airfield.|
|St Mary the Virgin, Castle Eaton.|
I might like to do the whole Thames Path one day, with a bit more planning than today's effort.