Thames Walk, Day 8
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
557Trip End Ongoing
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Start - Finish
Reading - Marlow
Distance - 29.2 Kilometres
We left the car at Maidenhead, trained it to Reading and hit the trail. It was good to be back walking and I decided to break in some new boots. They felt good and I was confident that I wouldn't get any blisters !!!
Once we were away from Reading, the track wasn't as boring as it had been. I think it was that suburbia thing again !!! We also passed another canal walk, this one being the Kennet and Avon canal, which you can follow to Bath and Bristol, but finishing the Thames was our goal.
At Sonning, the middle of the bridge represents where the counties of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. A plaques is there to recognise the fact.
Back on track, we arrived at Henley, home to the Royal Henley regatta. The only reason why they have a regatta here is that in 1829, the first Oxford v Cambridge boat race took place. It lasted one year before it was moved to Putney, and ten years later, this regatta begun. Actually, all along the Thames, regattas take place, but this one is the most famous. Two K's down the road is a tiny temple on an island which marks the beginning of the regatta. Photos taken, move on
Maybe it's because we are now getting closer to London, there are now more people on the track. Bit disappointing, but at least there are some others seeing the area. In Hurley, we saw our first field of dandelions. Snap !!! The houses were also getting bigger, we even passed one witha huge garden railway with a station stating St Moritz !!! Not much further, Marlow bridge came into view. It is a smaller copy of Hammersmith's, which is to e expected as they were designed by the same guy. So we made our way up to the station as our walk was over and amazingly, after 30 K's, the new boots had worked, and there were no blisters to be seen !!!
Total Kilometres so far - 200.8
Bridges Seen - 15
Bridges Total - 123
Locks Seen - 7
Locks Total - 28