3 days walking, start/finish: near West Malling, Kent
Highest point: n/a
Distance over 3 days walks: circa 60 kms
Vertical altitude gain: n/a
Time for the 3 walks: 22 hrs
An April 2008 visit to Goring, (photographing the steam hauled British Pullman), had got me interested in the Thames Path. Not surprising seeing the view at Goring I walked past when heading up onto the Ridgeway for my walk between the train's outward and return run to Oxford. So when a request appeared on the Ramblers Association Forum for a companion to someone walking the whole of the Thames Path in segments I was quick to respond! For a walk, (for me), from Oxford back to Goring.
The Thames Path can be joined almost outside of the railway station, where myself and companion had met up for our nearly three days of walking together.
The second such Lock was at Sandford, where we ate our picnic lunch as a boat left and headed downstream. The lure of the pub by the Lock, (behind the Mill), was too much, so our picnic was followed by a cool drink!
We walked to Abingdon before a long stroll North through the town to our comfortable B&Bs, retracing our steps through the town past Abingdon's famous Town Hall the next day on what started as a dull and drizzly morning.
The weather just started to brighten a little as we encountered this lovely display of poppies growing right up close to the Thames path East of Culham Lock.