Runnymede visitor centre plan for Magna Carta

Monday 15 June is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta on Runnymede.

The barons are thought to have forded the Thames before agreement with King John was formally made in the water meadow.

Surrey County Council is now backing a plan for a visitor centre on the site having recognised that there could be a huge increase in the number of tourists visiting in subsequent years.

National celebrations are being planned and there are moves to have 15 June declared a bank holiday in 2015.

The Thames Path links Runnymede to Lambeth Palace where Archbishop Stephen Langton masterminded the agreement which has become the basis of the UK’s evolved constitution.

Maidenhead: Hope for better path

Projects to improve the riverside between Maidenhead and Cookham and place the Thames Path alongside the water have won approval from Maidenhead residents during a consultation.

A ¬£10,000 contribution towards ‘completing the Thames Path’ should mean an end to walkers having to face oncoming traffic just upstream of Maidenhead Bridge.

Ramblers celebrate opening of Shiplake towpath link

Today The Ramblers marked the opening of the riverside route at Shiplake.

This moment has come after years of negotiation so the event was a very special occasion.

Now, having left Shiplake Station and turned into Mill Road, you can go left opposite the junction with New Road. The way is down a lane by Virginia Cottage. A path leads round two corners and under the railway. Just two fields away is the towpath where a plaque has been placed next to a seat.

Just today there was also a table laden with cake and champagne

Walkers should leave the towpath at Wargrave Ferry to turn inland across a field and along a lane by former mill cottages to reach Shiplake Lock.

The addition to the Thames Path is not just a great improvement but a delightful walk.