Long Walk at Lechlade 20th February 2018

It was a nice morning but deceptively cold. 14 members made their way to Lechlade for the start of the walk. Parking our cars we met up with Hazel who had driven straight there. We welcomed Minh and Huon, two 2 new members to the walking group, who from Witney U3A. The walk was very flat, except for crossing 2 bridges, and the terrain not to muddy underfoot. This was a six-mile walk, 2 walks joined together. A short part of the walk was known to us. We saw a number of swans and geese in the fields (I think the water was too cold for them)! Also there 4 deer bounding across the fields ahead of us. We stopped for lunch, and sat in the porch, of St John the Baptist Church in Inglesham. The church is of Anglo -Saxon origins but most of the current structure was built around 1205. Much of the church has not changed since the medieval era. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The newly opened stretch of the Thames Path starts/exits from this point. After lunch we walked over two fields and passed the round house; crossed a second bridge and then followed the route back into Lechlade and to our cars. This was an easy walk where we were able to have a good natter.

 

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