Radley to Cholsey on Thames Path (linear) - SLIGHTLY EARLIER

Sun 22nd May 2016

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Event Details Updated
*** Train departs Paddington 08:00 (not 08:03 as advertised in "Strider") *** Bring picnic as pub fully booked for food *** Options to drop out early if needs be and get bus back to Reading
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
22ml.
Start Time
09.20
Route
Radley station (08.00 - NOT 08.00 as in Strider - London Paddington, change at Didcot Parkway)

Easy but longer linear walk on the Thames Path in rural Oxfordshire, on towpaths visiting attractive riverside towns. Starts Radley and finishes Cholsey about 17.30-18.30

General Notes
Lunch: please BYO; drinks only - Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden
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Walk Report

Radley to Cholsey on the Thames Path, Sunday 22nd May 2016
6 walkers, 22.3 miles - leader Paul Lawrence
A rural section of the Thames Path almost all along the river away from habitations and railways, and with little sight of roads, much on lush water meadows (but very few cows, why?). Much is quiet with the only noisy interruptions from a moto-cross bike event across the river. Past attractive towns - Abingdon and Wallingford the largest and worth a separate visit. Wittenham Clumps, famous for a painting by Paul Nash, are long in view around a curve in the meandering river. Half a shower, although the other heavier half of it fell further along and made for slippery going on the final miles. Tea at Benson Waterfront cafe fortified us, with some later taking the convenient bus option from Wallingford, still at almost 20 miles and they had come all the way from Chingford taking 3 hours. The leader picked up a few tips for his planning of the upstream sections (thanks Richard!) hopefully to be completed soon, so as tick of this full route as completed. The Aurum guidebook is a useful companion to this historic river.
Photographs by Paul Lawrence

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