In beautiful early autumn sunshine, 22 walkers including three visitors from East Staffordshire Ramblers enjoyed a walk from Lechlade. Starting at the Memorial Hall car park, the group made their way to the fifteenth century spire Church of St Lawrence before joining Shelley’s Walk and progressing to the Trout Inn. Here the ramblers crossed the bridge before descending the steps onto St Johns Lock, taking time to admire Old Father Thames, and joining the Thames Path National Trail.
After heading East along this path to Buscot Lock, where a coffee stop was taken, the party enjoyed the sight and sound of two boats passing through the lock, one in each direction. They then continued further along the bank to the outskirts of Kelmscott where the group divided.
Seven members, on a seven mile route, continued along the Thames Path before turning off past Kelmscott Manor and through the village. They continued on lanes and footpaths past Paradise Farm and Lechlade Mill returning to Lechlade by the cricket pitch where there was a kite festival.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the group on a ten mile route, took the circular path into Kelmscott where they paused for lunch close to the Plough Inn and were fortunate to enjoy the sight, at close quarters, of a splendid traction engine. They then returned to Lechlade by walking across fields to Buscot, on to Buscot Wick Farm, and thereafter via Inglesham’s Anglo Saxon Church, the Round House and Riverside Park to Half Penny Bridge.