A view across the river from the Thames Path

The Thames Path in Early Spring

24th February 2015

Hello again, don’t know where the time goes, it only seems like yesterday that I was writing the winter blog and now spring is just around the corner. Whilst we have had some  localised sporadic flooding on the trail, for the most part the river has remained within its banks, but at this time of the year, it doesn’t take much rainfall to change this so please do check the Environment Agency flood warnings

Along the flood meadows of the Thames this winter I have noticed an increase in snipe and woodcock, and with this increase in such birds it would seem that the predators such as Peregrine Falcons have followed them. I’d love to show you a photo of a falcon swooping down on the snipe over one of the Oxfordshire flood meadows, but the action happens so quickly it’s over in a split second, however I’m sure that there are many budding wildlife photographers along the Thames, so if you do get an interesting wildlife photo on your walk then please do tell us about it and upload the photo on our interactive map here

While waiting for a landowner around Inglesham, I took the opportunity to visit the 13th Century church which stands on its own next to the river in Inglesham. The church is no longer used for regular worship and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust, Within the church there are some amazing paintings dating from the 13th Century. If you are walking the trail in its entirety from the source then we strongly advise you not to walk along the A361 it’s better to get a taxi from Upper Inglesham to Lechlade or Inglesham. If you are planning to visit the area then Lechlade offers good facilities with numerous pubs, cafes, and their fish and chip shop claims to be one of the best along the Thames! The church is a short walk along the river heading upstream from Lechlade.

Finally The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have just informed me that the bank restoration work following last year’s floods is now complete near Hurley village, the diversions are all lifted and you can now once again walk next to the river in this beautiful part of the trail.

 As always please do upload information onto our interactive map if you discover a good café or interesting site that you’d like to share with other users. The Thames Path is a diverse and interesting trail with an abundance of wildlife but also with amazing historic places to discover.

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