Thames Path : Radcot to Lechlade

Next part of the Thames path and a shortish 6.5 mile walk from Radcot to Lechlade. Needed a taxi from Swindon to get to the start in order to guarantee making it to Lechlade in time for the 14:13 bus to Highworth. After that there is a 2 hour wait for the next bus, then an hour wait. It was a hot July day and plenty of water was needed. Not much traffic on the river now as it gets very twisty with lots of meanders and shallow sections.

Ye Olde Swan at Radcot Bridge – start of this walk.

 

Radcot Bridge viewed from the Newbridge side

 

The path starts again across the bridge and shows as an initial 3 mile section to Kelmscot

 

Setting the scene – tall grass, brown fields, slow water and hot weather!

 

Looking back at Radcot Bridge

 

Boats moored near Radcot Bridge

 

A rare glimpse of the river in this section of the walk

 

Lazy stretch of river

 

Gates and nettles – open with care

 

First of many pillboxes along this section

 

Many small boats moored against small jetties and pontoons in this section

 

First lock of the walk – Grafton Lock

 

Smooth walking after the lock

 

Tall grasses return to the path

 

Typical view for this walk, dry brown fields, blue skies and not much sign of the river

 

Aha – a solitary canal boat chugging along – the only moving powered craft I saw on the walk

 

Slow meandering bend

 

Colourful flowers contrasting with the dry brown grasses

 

Bridge at Kelmscot

 

Cows trying to keep cool in the shade

 

A slightly more modern form of transport – on the approach to RAF Fairford

 

Buscot Lock – the smallest on the river

 

90 degree turn at yet another meander – the electrified wire fence dissuades the taking of short cuts

 

St John’s bridge

 

St John’s Lock with view of the spire of St Lawrence at Lechlade in the distance

 

Old Father Thames at St John’s Lock

 

Looking back at several meanders

 

Across the river is St Lawrence at Lechlade

 

Ha’penny bridge at Lechlade

 

St Lawrence, Lechlade – close by is the bus stop for busses to Hiworth and then on to Swindon

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