Thames Walk, Day 10

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Last time I wrote, I spoke about how we had managed to knock a day off of the walk. Looking ahead, we were now in Windsor, and finally we were able to catch public transport there, but getting back was a bit of an issue. Looking at the options, if we were to walk longer than ever before, we could catch a bus home, plus knock a bit more time off, maybe !!!

Day 10

Start - Finish

Windsor - Kingston upon Thames

Distance - 38.4 Kilometres

GPS Link of our walk - Click Here

Arriving in Windsor at 06:50, we had the castle to ourselves, we were the only tourists. Amazing to be at one of England's premier sites and it was empty !!! Down the road were houses and on both sides were signs stating that Christopher Wren had lived in them !!! One looked new, so we disregarded the sign. As we walked on, we got some great views of the castle but it made me think of the people here and why would you live in this area. Here we were in one of the richest areas of England, super large houses everywhere, but the planes were taking off from Heathrow and flying over the top. The noise was awful !!!

As it was so early, the Thames was very still. There wasn't much birdlife to be seen though !!! We left the track and made our way through to Runnymede. Very historic place, somewhere around was where the Magna Carta had been signed. X didn't mark the spot, but there was a memorial for it !!!

Under the M25, we were now in what some people say is London, even though we were in Surrey !!! Then along came Staines. There were some interesting sculptures of swans. Bit different to the ones we had been seeing. Into Chertsey, which for you cricket lovers out there, it is known as the home of the middle stump !!! On the other side, we walked through, we encountered our last water meadow scene, we were now getting closer to suburbia !!!

We walked on past some large houseboats moored on the side, and at Shepperton, there were two tracks, so we jumped on our first ferry of the trip, and walked on the otherside to Weybridge where we stopped for a quick bite. We still had a long way to go.

Next up, we saw our second palace of the day. Hampton Court, and as it was later, the place was teeming with tourists, so we took a few photos and moved on, until we came to our final destination, Kingston. We had finally finished, so we hopped on a bus and went home !!!

And Finally

Total Kilometres so far - 264

Bridges Seen - 26

Bridges Total - 160

Locks Seen - 8

Locks Total - 40
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jacinta81 on

It was perfect weather for reflection shots. They look fantastic.

uncle_davros on

Re: reflection
It was a lovely day and the river was so still, and as it was early, there was no traffic

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