Well, I think today would be a good day to pick up where I left off on Monday. So, let’s continue …
The River Thames is possibly one of the most well-known rivers in the world, but there’s much more to this river than the bit that runs through London!
At over 210 miles long, it is the longest river in England, and the second longest in the UK, after the River Severn. The source of the Thames is in the Cotswolds area in the county of Gloucestershire (not far from where I was born!), and it flows on through many small and idyllic towns before reaching London, and eventually the North Sea.
We first met the Thames in Sutherland Grange Park, however, this was only a small off-shoot which feeds the local marina and yacht basin. As we left St Andrew’s Church in Clewer village, we rejoined the full-flowing Thames intending to follow the Thames Path right into the heart of Windsor, where we would stop for lunch. By this time, rather ominous clouds were looming in the distance, but this couldn’t ruin just how beautiful this walk along the riverside is, and certainly didn’t deter any of the tourists!
This summer, when the Olympics come to London and the UK, Windsor will certainly be a busy town! The rowing and canoe sprint events are going to be held at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, which is immediately next to Windsor.This means our two humble train stations will be flooded with thousands of people clamouring to get to these big events. I hope that, amidst all that rushing and hurrying around, at least a small part of those thousands will take notice of this small but significant town.
But I won’t waffle on any more – I’ll leave you with some photos 🙂
And so, after a leisurely stroll, we reached Windsor Bridge; this was opened in 1824, after the original wooden bridge joining Windsor with Eton deteriorated. This last picture marks the point where Windsor leaves the Thames, having finished our walk along it’s northern boundary.
The river will flow on, meandering through a series of reservoirs which will quench the thirst of around 13 million Londoners. It will flow further still, through the centre of Britain’s capital, glimpsing the various and numerous sights of London, before reaching Kent and eventually out into the sea. By this point, the Thames has grown from a mere 18m (60 feet) wide, to a massive 18km (18 miles) across!
So that’s the end of this part of the walk around Windsor, showing Chris everything there is to see about the town I love so much – and hopefully sparking a little more interest among people around the world, too!
Until next time …