Short Walk Lechlade, 3.5 miles, on 8th August 2017

On a dismal damp morning, with heavy rain forecast, I was surprised when 26 members assembled at the town centre car park to leave for Lechlade.  We filled up several cars and drove to Lechlade to park behind the hall where the antique events are held.

After leaving the car park we made our way to the town centre, the market place, and St Lawrence Church. We continued to Shelley’s Walk, through the churchyard, past the school and across a field to follow a hedge lined path to the main road. Here we turned right passing The Trout public house and over St Johns Bridge, which was built in the 13th century and was one of the first bridges to cross the River Thames. At the end of the bridge we went through a gateway, down some steps to St Johns Lock, and the statue of Old Father Thames, brought to the lock side from the head of the River Thames at Trewsbury Meadow in 1974 after the monument was vandalized. Passing the lock, we followed the Thames National Trail to Ha’penny Bridge. Passing through the arch under the bridge and then carried on along the riverbank and soon came to a wooden bridge crossing the river; just beyond was a round house, which was built for the use of canal-length men who maintained sections of The Thames and Severn Canal.  Our fly past today, was a gaggle of geese. (apologies for the photo).

We followed the road that serviced the Round House for about 400 yards and then walked over 3 fields back to the Fairford Road. We were soon back our parked cars, changed our shoes and made our way to Lechlade Garden Centre, for refreshments. Thank you to all the car drivers and to Pat for being fuel donation monitor. Our next short walk is on Tuesday 12th September at Blenheim. Pam

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