Battersea: new riverside path plan

Those wondering how much longer we shall have to suffer a diversion away from the river and past the Battersea Dogs’ Home on the stretch between Vauxhall and Battersea Bridge will be interested in today’s news.

A planning application has been submitted to Wandsworth Council to continue the path from Elm Quay to Battersea Power Station. The price is five blocks of up to 20 storeys as part of the development.

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Good Beer Guide’s best pubs

The 2011 Good Beer Guide edited by Roger Protz and published by CAMRA (£15.99) is a good guide for those of us who are travellers using pubs for vital refreshment as in days of old.

Those recommended on the River Thames include the White Cross at Richmond and Boaters just before Kingston Bridge.

Near the Thames Path start there is a mention for the Pilot Inn and the Pelton Arms. The latter is on the temporary diversion at the back of Lovell’s Wharf. The 150 year old Dog & Bell at Deptford is rightly described as ‘much loved’. It’s unique.

The Crown Inn at Lechlade, which gets a mention for its Halfpenny Brewery named after the town’s toll bridge, is a good place for bed and breakfast (£45 or £55 double).

New Jubilee Walkway seat at Southwark Cathedral

Hugo Vickers was at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday morning for the presentation of a seat.

After the Choral Eucharist there was a procession out of the cathedral into the Millennium Courtyard on the north side where Hugo Vickers, chair of the Jubilee Walkway Trust, formally handed over the seat.

The Walkway passing the courtyard gates is also the Thames Path. The seat provides a good spot for walkers to pause and rest or eat sandwiches. Food is available from the Refectory opposite the seat.

After the 1977 Jubilee it was the many walkway signs pointing inland round buildings that help to highlight the lack of a proper riverside path.

The London-SE1 website has a report from the cathedral.

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‘Thames source at Ewen’

Last night I was at Southwark Cathedral alongside the Thames Path so I missed BBC1’s Countryfile report on the source of the Thames.

I have now watched the programme on the BBC iPlayer. The Thames item is at the beginning of the programme and offers a simple explanation for the often lack of water at the official source.

Sadly the camera did not look downstream from the source to show the indentation in the field but the presenter does walk the dry bed south of the Fosse Way main road. The filming was at the end of last month when water could not be found until Ewen.

We are told that in very dry periods water has not been found until Ashton Keynes.

Watch it here.

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