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Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade – 2013

Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade: Along with my spouse and elder son I had on Saturdays unfold over a number of years walked a lot of the Thames path. We’d walked it chunks of round 8-12 miles a day between locations which might be reached by public transport however had come to a halt at Shifford, close to Hinton Waldrist, 9 miles to the southwest of Oxford from which, a minimum of again round 2012 it was nonetheless doable to take a bus. Because of cuts I feel the bus service is now too rare to be of use.

The room subsequent to ours at Buscot had a 4 poster mattress

However additional upstream there was little or no public transport – and what little there was didn’t go in helpful instructions for us. So my son had booked us into a few inns to bridge the hole, giving three longish days of strolling. We travelled pretty mild with simply necessities in rucksacks – and naturally for me a small digital camera bag, but it surely was nonetheless pretty taxing – and one thing I couldn’t repeat now, 11 years later.

Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade - 2013

You possibly can learn my account of the three days, full with quite loads of photos on My London Dairy at Thames Path: Shifford to Buscot, Buscot to Cricklade and Cricklade to the Supply.

Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade - 2013
Previous Father Thames

I’d stored my images tools minimal too, taking only one digital camera, a Fuji X-Pro1 and I feel two lenses. One was the Fujifilm XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, a mouthful virtually bigger than the lens itself, Fuji’s 18-55mm equipment lens. It’s a reasonably small and lightweight lens however a remarkably good one. Fuji has since introduced out zooms with wider focal size ranges, wider apertures (and better costs) and I’ve some, however inside its limitations I feel this stays my favorite.

Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade - 2013
Halfpenny Bridge – the toll home at proper – Lechlade

I don’t assume I then owned a wider Fuji lens than the zoom with the 18mm being equal to 27mm on a full-frame digital camera, quite a moderated wide-angle for me, however for these scenes the place I felt a necessity for a wider view I additionally took my Nikon DX 10.5mm fisheye with a Fuji adaptor. Compact and light-weight, this labored effectively however was a bit fiddly to make use of. I’ve by no means discovered utilizing lenses with adaptors fairly as passable as these within the truly digital camera becoming. I don’t assume any of the photographs I put on-line for this part of the stroll have been made with this, although some for each different days are.

The doorway to the Thames and Severn Canal throughout the Thames

The Buscot to Cricklade part of the stroll was a bit shorter than the primary day after we in all probability walked a complete of sixteen or seventeen miles, however contains a few of the greatest and a few of the worst components of the route. There are some pleasant sections of riverside strolling and Lechlade is actually a city price visiting, as we did, though a diversion from the Thames Path itself.

The subsequent mile or so is arguably probably the most fascinating part of the Thames Path, a minimum of in its higher reaches, with the beginning of the Thames and Severn Canal. It’s additionally right here that the Thames towpath begins – or for us ends.

And a brief distance additional on is the outstanding St John the Baptist Church at Inglesham, saved and restored by William Morris and his his pre-Raphaelite buddies based the Society for the Safety of Historical Buildings (SPAB) or ‘Anti-Scrape’ to oppose the gothicisation of buildings akin to these.

However then comes an extended trek over a mile beside a busy A361 adopted by an extended one alongside alongside paths and lanes with hardly a sniff of a the river till you attain Citadel Eaton, a village which appeared closed (and its pub actually was.)

From there the trail does observe the river all the best way into Cricklade, although as I famous “going each course besides a straight line to there“. Lastly we arrived on the White Hart, supposedly the poshest and oldest principal teaching inn at Cricklade for the reason that time of Elizabeth 1 however purchased by Arkells Brewery in 1973. Our rooms in a extra trendy a part of the constructing have been snug sufficient however quite much less spectacular than these on the earlier night time at Buscot.

Thames Path: Cricklade to the Supply
Thames Path: Buscot to Cricklade
Thames Path: Shifford to Buscot

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