There is the big Diamond Jubilee event on the Thames in central London this Sunday 3 June 2012. Upstream the Jubilee is being celebrated at Abingdon with an old custom at 6pm. Buns will be thrown from the roof of County Hall in a custom dating back to at least 1761 when George III’s coronation [...]
Thanks to old friend and Thames expert Dieter Jebens I have been enjoying a new book about the Thames Path. Novelist Beverley Hansford has written an account of walking the Thames Path end to end. The name is a pseudonym which is confusing because the author, real name Gordon, walked with his wife Joanna who [...]
We are often warned about the danger of jumping off Magdalen Bridge into the Cherwell on May Day. The Thames can be just as dangerous in Oxford as the news of a death last night reminds us. The Oxford Mail report includes some good advice from the police. There are more pictures here.
Walkers are finding notices upstream of Windsor about diversions caused by the Olympic Games. This is due to the proximity of the Olympic rowing course. Until the end of November there is a diversion between Boveney Church and the turning to Dorney Court. The present diversion along the north side of the rowing course is [...]
I do of course always recommend the OS Pathfinder map at the end of each section. It is not vital to have a map, there are OS maps in the guide, but some like to have the large scale map with them. I must say that I am finding the new Harvey’s Thames Path map [...]
The garden of the Manor House at Sutton Courtenay is open on Saturday afternoon 9 June. The house was once home of David Astor who is buried behind George Orwell in the churchyard. The garden was modelled by Norah Lindsey who lived at the house from during the first half of the 20th century and [...]
Much special activity to be seen in Staines today as the town officially becomes Staines-upon-Thames.