February 17 Thames Path : Cricklade to Castle Eaton

Back to the Thames Path!

After a few weeks away from our year-long project, we returned to the Thames Path. Various commitments had meant we hadn’t visited, as well waiting for the waterlogged fields and paths to dry out.

We have been taking 2 geo-cars on our Thames Path adventure parking one at the destination and the other at the start. Today we took just one for our short walk between Cricklade and Castle Eaton (about 3.5 miles). As there are no footpaths connecting the two habitations, we would retrace our steps along the Thames Path to Cricklade. This would give us the added comfort that if we didn’t find any of the caches on the way out, we could re-attempt them on the return leg.

Fortunately we found all the caches on our outward journey. The hides were in a variety of locations from gateposts, to hollow tree-trunks, under bridges, and in one case the other side of a barbed wire fence!

Cache location ?

Cache location ?

Cache location ?

Cache location ?

As before we have included a small subset (in random order) of these caches at the bottom of the blog.

One of the caches contained, as part of its swag, the book “Hideaway” (apt, eh?) which had been left there as part of the book crossing scheme http://www.bookcrossing.com – sort of like geocaching trackables – but for books!
The book is a little damp, so we will have to dry it out before we move it on.

Hideaway!

Hideaway!


We meticulously followed the many meanders, crossing footbridges and admiring the many reeds which formed the river banks.
Meandering River Thames and its Reedbeds

Meandering River Thames and its Reedbeds


Eventually we arrived in the small village of Castle Eaton, and visited St Mary’s church, where tucked behind the graveyard the Thames banks were covered with snowdrops and daffodils.
St Mary's Church, Castle Eaton

St Mary’s Church, Castle Eaton


The other notable building in Castle Easton is the pub, The Red Lion. It is the first pub by the side of the Thames. It looked closed when we went by, but we discovered it was open on our return journey. Here we chatted to four walkers who had just left the pub… they were walking the Thames Path but over a number of YEARS! (I think we might just beat them to London!)
First pub on the Thames

First pub on the Thames


Thames Path statistics :
Route length : 3.6 miles Total distance walked : 17.8 miles
Caches found : 11 Total caches found : 55

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