Sunday, 20 January 2019

Old Father Thames

Down in the flat Thames valley,  just a few miles away is Chimney Nature Reserve.  It is a series of paths and bridleways around the Thames. It is a great place to walk away from traffic and roads. It is on the flight path to RAF Brize Norton so a bit of whining aircraft noise above. 
 

 There were splashes of colour in the bare winter hedgerows.

A row of pylons that seem to go on forever to the horizon. 

  A rickety wooden bridge that reminded me of the story Billy Goats Gruff. It really was rickety and in places rotten when I stood on it.

 A dark and cold Thames on its way to London and out to sea. Not so wide here but boats do come up as far as Lechlade. I didn’t see any today. We weren’t far from where the river Windrush joins the Thames to give it a bit of a boost. This is a relatively straight bit of river but it meanders with the odd ox bow lake. I remember learning about these terms in Geography lessons in th 1970’s  A great example of an old river. Slow and steady, always brown. 
As per normal my phone ran out of battery but I saw catkins and snowdrops. The birds were singing and the sky had blue bits in it. It certainly wouldn’t have been so pleasant yesterday in the drizzle.    The air had a chill in it and I was glad of my hat.
 

 A satisfying Sunday stroll.

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    1. Absolutely freezing. River looked very forlorn.

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  2. Winter walks can be very good. And you can go home, take your boots off and eat crumpets.

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    1. Sadly no crumpets today although I was hungry when I got home.

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  3. A nice number of steps and a beautiful winter walk, too. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the season!

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  4. I went for a walk along the prom yesterday and it was surprisingly calm, no wind and lovely sunshine. 12k+ managed but only 6k today so far.

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