Thames Path : Wallingford to Dorchester

A short walk to kick off the 2016 season – 5 miles of river, walking 6.5 miles in total.

 

Picking up the path again - here's where we left the path at the end of the 2015 walks - the path curves away from the river.

Picking up the path again – here’s where we left the path at the end of the 2015 walks – the path curves away from the river.

 

The path actually continues through a passageway between the houses - did not spot it last year - needed the guidebook!

The path actually continues through a passageway between the houses – did not spot it last year – needed the guidebook!

 

Wallingford bridge (looking back).

Wallingford bridge (looking back).

 

Enjoying the sunshine on the path away from Wallingford bridge

Enjoying the sunshine on the path away from Wallingford bridge

 

A slightly earthen path leads away from Wallingford.

A slightly earthen path leads away from Wallingford.

 

Springtime on the path.

Springtime on the path.

 

Yellow flowers and white hedgerow blossom for this late April walk.

Yellow flowers and white hedgerow blossom for this late April walk.

 

Benson lock.

Benson lock.

 

Lock keeper's cottage, Benson lock.

Lock keeper’s cottage, Benson lock.

 

The path continues across the lock then across the weir.

The path continues across the lock then across the weir.

 

The path then crosses a wooden bridge.

The path then crosses a wooden bridge.

 

The path leads away from the river, down a little-used road.

The path leads away from the river, down a little-used road.

 

Benson Marina.

Benson Marina.

 

The path away from Benson Marina - a little earthen again.

The path away from Benson Marina – a little earthen again.

 

On the approach to Shillingford.

On the approach to Shillingford.

 

Heading towards Shillingford bridge - enclosed pathway.

Heading towards Shillingford bridge – enclosed pathway.

 

Shillingford Bridge.

Shillingford Bridge.

 

Once again, back onto tarmac for a short while.

Once again, back onto tarmac for a short while.

 

Yes, the path really does go behind the houses!

Yes, the path really does go behind the houses!

 

Back of the houses at Shillingford - the path here was a bit muddy in places.

Back of the houses at Shillingford – the path here was a bit muddy in places.

 

Superb view as we emerge from the back of the houses after Shillingford.

Superb view as we emerge from the back of the houses after Shillingford.

 

Previous high tides -luckily none in effect this weekend!

Previous high tides -luckily none in effect this weekend!

 

We return to the main road beside the Kingfisher pub.

We return to the main road beside the Kingfisher pub.

 

After a walk alongside the road, there is a gate into a field, as the path returns towards the riverside.

After a walk alongside the road, there is a gate into a field, as the path returns towards the riverside.

 

The free swimming activities and running are noted for this riverside stretch of the path as we head from Shillingford towards Dorchester.

The free swimming activities and running are noted for this riverside stretch of the path as we head from Shillingford towards Dorchester.

 

Errm, not really a useful gate any more! Approach to wooden bridge at Dorchester.

Errm, not really a useful gate any more! Approach to wooden bridge at Dorchester.

 

 

Wooden bridge at Dorchester

Wooden bridge at Dorchester

 

 

Slight meander of the tributary marks the end of this walk at Dorchester.

Slight meander of the tributary marks the end of this walk at Dorchester.

 

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