Wandsworth: Cat’s Back looking good

New sign
New sign

The Cat’s Back is now displaying its Joe Goodwin plaque outside where there is a long seat.

Joe Goodwin Award plaque
Joe Goodwin Award plaque

The fine Harvey’s pub is in Point Pleasant, between the River Wandle and Wandsworth Park, and a good stopping point on autumn day.

The Cat's Back frontage in Point Pleasant
The Cat’s Back frontage in Point Pleasant

 

The only other Harvey’s of Lewis pub in London is the Royal Oak in Southwark, a short walk from the river down Borough High Street and left at St George the Martyr into Tabard Street.

Purley: Route improvement

New gate on the main road
New gate on the main road

The Thames Path at Purley has been improved.

The walk along the busy main road from the former Roebuck pub to the Skerritt Way residential road has been reduced. Now one can leave the road early and walk through Purley Beeches rather than following the road to a bus stop and walking down a flight of enclosed steps.

Path through Purley Beeches
Path through Purley Beeches

The directions will now read:

“Turn right through the gate in the flint wall (right) to follow a woodland path down to Skerritt
Way. Continue ahead along the road.”

This plan has been around since 1982, before the estate was completed. The wood is in the care of Purley Beeches Residents Association which levies a voluntary household fee towards the cost of maintenance.

STEPS

Reading’s new bridge with no name

Reading's new bridge
Reading’s new bridge

The new foot and cycle bridge upstream of Reading Bridge has opened.

The crossing links the towpath with Christchurch Meadows and provides a pleasant walk for those wishing to reach Caversham.

 

Upstream side
Upstream side

However, it has met with a mixed reception.

Reading cyclists are dismayed that there is not a segregated cycle lane.

Also, the design of the ramp fencing means that walkers on the Thames Path briefly lose a river view.

View from towpath
View from towpath

Meanwhile, although there has been a formal opening by the Mayor of Reading, the bridge has not been given a name.

Suggestions being considered by Reading Council include Meadows Bridge, Christchurch Bridge, Fry’s Bridge (after upstream Fry’s Island) and de Montford Bridge (after Robert de Montford who won a joust on the island against Henry of Essex).