Walk - Thames Path at Lechlade – Saturday 7th May 2011
The start and finish point of the walk is Lechlade Market Square, St Lawrence Church. Transport by bus – see below.
Please bring a light packed lunch, and waterproofs in case of rain. Flat grassy paths, trainers fine.
Long option – 8 miles. Two churches and two pubs.
Short Option - 4 ½ miles. Two churches and one pub.
Picnic option - Buscot by car and picnic at St Mary’s Buscot (1 mile total).
Bus (preferred option). Meet at Swindon Bus Station, at 10.30 a.m., in good time to catch the 10.45 bus to Lechlade. Service 64 (Saturday) operated by RH Transport.
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Fares - £2.50 single, £4.20 return, (discount - 12 tickets for the price of 10, from the driver).
By Car - Park at Riverside Park, off the west side of the A361 about ¼ mile south of Lechlade. There are toilets at
. (Map reference SU 212992, OS Landranger 163, Riverside Park Cheltenham and Cirencester area). Riverside Park is approximately 25 minutes by car from (via Highworth). Meet the rest of the party at St Lawrence’s at 11.10 (if the bus is on time). Half mile walk. Christ Church
11.10 - Visit St Lawrence, Lechlade (off
Market Square). Simon Jenkins’ book states, “Lechlade is a cadet branch of the ‘woolgothic’ aristocracy, and the most self-effacing.” Jenkins states “The church inspired a verse by Shelley in 1815. The poet saw the church as dusk fell on a summer’s evening,
‘Clothing in hues of Heaven thy dim and distant spire,
Around whose lessening and invisible height
Gather among the stars the clouds of night.’ “
11.30 walk for ¾ of a mile from St Lawrence to The Trout at
. The Trout’s website advertises a “Traditional Fete” on this day, starting at 12.00 noon. We plan to stop for 30 minutes at the pub. Real ales, including Sharpe’s Doom Bar. St John’s Bridge
12.30 Leave The Trout and walk for 1 mile to Buscot Lock, cross the lock gates to the south side of the
Thames, continue for about 200 yards, and stop at the National Trust meadow at Buscot Lock (SU 231979).
13.00 Picnic lunch, National Trust meadow, Buscot Lock .
Picnic option - There is a National Trust car park at Buscot (SU 232977) and toilets and a tea place. An option is for drivers to join the picnic at 1.00 p.m. The picnic location is 500 yards from the car park.
13.30 Walk to St Mary’s Buscot. 600 yards from picnic spot. The church contains a Burne-Jones stained glass window. (Chancel arch of c. 1200, Pevsner). It is planned that St Mary’s will be open for us.
14.00 Either - continue the walk for a further 2 miles east along the Thames as far as The Plough at Kelmscott, for a brief refreshment stop and then return all the way to Lechlade to catch the 17.08 bus back to
Or – short option - return from Buscot to Lechlade, via The Trout.
The walk passes through corners of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire (the Oxfordshire corner was
Next walk - provisionally:
Organisers (please contact for further information)
Daniel Pitt mobile 07989 493850
Caroline Pitt mobile 07749 084880
home 01793 521732
Risk Assessment completed – risks all acceptable.
Simon Jenkins –
’s Thousand Best Churches. England Allen Lane The Penguin Press. 1999.
Nikolaus Pevsner - The Buildings of
. England Berkshire. Penguin Books. 1966.