Thames flooding

The Thames Path is now impassable in many places.

The Thames Barrier closed this morning and although it reopened at 3pm the gates will close again tonight.

This is mainly to avoid flooding around Thames Ditton opposite Hampton Court Palace.

The towpath at Henley is flooded and nearby Sonning Bridge is closed.

Details of more than a hundred flood warnings can be found on the Environment Agency  website.


Kew Gardens: Free entry at Christmas

I often fancy dropping into Kew Gardens or even just Kew Palace when I look across from the towpath but a visit usually costs £16. This means that you will feel that a full day is required to justify the price. I can recall when entry was one penny.

It will be like that again during the Christmas holiday because there is to be free entry from Saturday 22 to Friday 4 January.

Booking online starts on Monday 17 December.

Ewen: Path alongside infant Thames damaged by flooding

The recent flooding along the Thames was highlighted in the Oxford and Reading areas.

However, the effect of the rain was felt very near the source where the path has been damaged by flooding.

As a result Kemble and Ewen Parish Council is seeking the temporary closure of the Thames Path just south of Ewen hamlet. This stretch is after the walker has passed Upper Mill Farm and is about to reach the lane at Ewen.