The towpath ends soon after Lechlade and, although navigation is technically allowed as far as Cricklade, only canoes now make it any further upstream as the river is narrow and shallow. In the 1850s it was often full of tall reeds but was cleared by the 1870s which allowed for about 3ft of water for some navigation. For today’s walkers there is one long diversion on a main road until a new riverside path, extending the towpath, is created.
Lechlade: The Riverside cafe and pub, next to Halfpenny Bridge. Open all day.
Lechlade: The Crown Inn, High Street. Open all day.
Lechlade: The Black Cat Restaurant & Tea Rooms, High Street. Open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Lechlade: Monica’s Plaice Fish Bar, High Street: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 4.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 11.30am-10.30pm; Sun 4pm-10pm (earlier in summer).
Castle Eaton: The Red Lion, The Street. Open all day Fri-Sun, Mon-Thu lunchtimes and evenings from 6pm. Riverside garden.
Lechlade: Cambrai Lodge, Oak St, GL7 3AY (01367 253173)
Lechlade: The Crown Inn, High Street GL7 3AE (01367 252198).
Lechlade: The New Inn, Market Square, GL7 3AB (01367 252296).
Lechlade: Bridge House campsite, GL7 3AG (01367 252348). Mar-Oct.
Castle Eaton: The Malt House, The Street, SN6 6JZ (01285 810822).
Castle Eaton: The Red Lion, The Street, SN6 6JZ (01285 810280).
Swindon: 37 Regent Street, SN1 1JL (01793 530328).
OS Explorer 169 (Cirencester & Swindon) and 170 (Abingdon).