Thames Path play on Radio 4

A four part comedy drama in which mother and daughter spend two weeks walking the Thames Path starts on Radio 4 this Wednesday 27 July.

Episode one of Guilt Trip sees mother and daughter start out at the source. Later the mother offends a camp site warden.

Mother and daughter are played by mother and daughter Felicity Montagu and Olivia Nixon.

The broadcast is at 11.30am and available afterwards on iplayer.

Garden Bridge asks Grayling for support

Lord Davies of Abersoch, chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, has urged the new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to back the Garden Bridge project.

His appeal comes at the time of astonishing news that the Trust is asking the Department for Transport for an extension to the financial support offered by the Government.

A Department spokesperson said that ministers were considering the request.

The project is extremely unpopular with local residents and walkers including the Inner London Ramblers.

Trees would be cut down along the Thames Path to make way for a bridge landing and new building blocking the view of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Enjoy the trees and the view this summer while you can.

Before and after (Thames Central Open Spaces)
Before and after (Thames Central Open Spaces)

Thames Central Open Spaces is campaigning against the Garden Bridge.

Thames Path anniversary weekend

The Thames Path 20th Anniversary Relay Walk has reached London.

This Saturday 23 July 2016 the relay will set out from St George Wharf in Vauxhall at 10.30am to cover the twelve miles to the Thames Barrier.

The party will be passing the great landmarks including Lambeth Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral.

From the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the walkers will be replicating the first walk on the opening day in 1996.

The actual anniversary is Sunday 24 July when long distance path author Colin Saunders will lead the sixteenth and final walk downstream from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Marshes.

This is the unofficial but now viable extension as included in Cicerone’s new Thames Path guide published this year.

The guide is available direct from Cicerone at 25% discount and post free until 31 July.

Swan Upping week

Swan Upping starts on the Thames today at Sonning.

This week walkers will see the skiffs belonging to the Queen and the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies carrying the Royal Swan Uppers and the Swan Uppers upstream as they count the swans and check on their health.

The Royal Swan Uppers wear the scarlet uniform.

Today’s trip ends at Romney Lock below Windsor Castle when the crews will stand and drink a toast the Queen.

The rough timetable is below:

Monday 18th July 2016
Sunbury Lock Cut 09.00 – Departure point
Shepperton Lock 10.45
Penton Hook Lock 12.30
Romney Lock 17.30

Tuesday 19th July 2016
Eton Bridge 08.45 – Departure point
Boveney Lock 09.45
Boulters Lock 13.00
Cookham Bridge 14.00
Marlow Lock 17.30

Wednesday 20th July 2016
Marlow Bridge 09.00 – Departure point
Hurley Lock 10.30
Hambleden Lock 12.00
Henley Town 13.30
Marsh Lock 15.30
Shiplake Lock 17.00
Sonning Bridge 18.00

Thursday 21st July 2016
Sonning-on-Thames 09.00 – Departure point
Caversham Lock 10.15
Mapledurham Lock 12.15
Goring Lock 17.00
Moulsford 18.00

Friday 22nd July 2016
Moulsford 09.00 – Departure point
Benson Lock 10.15
Clifton Hampden Bridge 13.00
Culham Lock 16.15
Abingdon Bridge 17.00

Thames Path 20th Anniversary Walking Relay

This month July 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Thames Path’s opening.

Today, Saturday 9 July, a commemorative baton was carried from the Source in Gloucestershire by  a group of walkers.

The baton relay reaches Cricklade this afternoon.

The series of Rambler-led walks along the length of the Thames Path will take the baton past the Thames Barrier, where the official opening took place, to Erith.

The baton reaches the Barrier on Saturday 23 July.

Those wishing to join in can book through Eventbrite.

Two Thames pubs in Times’ top 30

The Times 30 Best Summer Pubs includes two on the Thames.

The Miller of Mansfield at Goring has won its place thanks to Nick and Mary Galer who have been running the inn for just two years. “Head off on a walk along the Thames Path. Return to the comfortable rooms with quirky wallpaper and exposed beams,” say Ellie Ross and Tom Chesshyre who have compiled the list.

The Trout Inn at Tadpole with a “huge garden that tumbles down to the Thames” is desribed as “brilliantly placed for summer walks along the Thames Path”. The food gets a good report too.

But this review of the Trout comes just two days after a Thames walker Shelagh Doyle wrote: “The building was lovely and the food very good (excellent strawberry soufflé with clotted cream!), but the staff were not so welcoming…”