Short Walk Lechlade Circular 8th May 2018

Short Walk Lechlade to Inglesham –  Lechlade using the Lynt Path

3 Miles – Tuesday 8thMay 2018

A beautiful warm morning saw 22 walkers meet to travel to Lechlade for the start of the walk, here we parked in the new Village Hall car park.

This lovely circular walk took us along the River Thames and through the countryside  passing by the village of Inglesham (and its historic church dating back to 1205) .  The riverside town is a very attractive tourist destination and popular with boaters and walkers. Boats of different types can be hired from here, from rowing boats to river cruisers.  The town also includes St Lawrence’s parish church. A path runs through the churchyard and is named Shelley’s Walk, after the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who composed ‘A Summer Evening Churchyard’ here. 

Although the terrain was flat, the grass was quite long, and walking through this made it feel as though we had walked more than the 3 miles.

The cattle were out in the fields; ducks, swans and geese with their goslings were on the river. Eventually we arrived at St John’s Lock home to ‘Father Thames’, the famous statue made in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park. After the palace burnt down in 1936, the statue was moved near the river’s source at Trewsbury Meads in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately, the statue was vandalised there so was moved to its current location in 1974.

After completing the walk we made for Vera’s café, having reserved tables beforehand,  to enjoy hot beverages, cakes, scones, toasted Tcakes etc.

Thank you all for your company and the next short walk will be on June 12that Appleton.

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