We would like to thank and congratulate Paul Howard who has successfully completed the Thames Path National Trail to raise money for Thames21.
The trail is 184 miles from its source in the Cotswold hills to the sea.
Mostly though, the walk was a pleasure from beginning to end. Some examples: the Magna Carta 800 years at Runnymede, rare meadowland plants, fantastic bird life, beautiful views, country towns and London itself. Houses, boats, bridges and thatched pubs. Lock keepers, boaters and rowers.
There was interest around every river bend, of which there are very many. I met some existing friends en route and made new ones too. The Thames arguably runs through some of the best of England. Whether you walk a section or the whole thing, I highly recommend it. When I reached the end I just wanted to turn around and walk back. Maybe another time.
I wasn’t the first and was certainly not the fastest. I walked, (or, after a night of over-refreshment, plodded) every step. I met someone doing the route by kayak and another attempting it by unicycle. The only time I took a boat was the ferry needed to cross to the other bank.
For more information on the Thames Path National Trail look here