This Sunday’s walk was along the Thames Path from Maidenhead to Marlow (Time Out 56; 9.3 miles). An early start brought us to the river before the mist had lifted. We followed the swollen Thames, pausing to admire Brunel’s arches, built for the railway and painted by Turner.
Lunch was taken on a fallen tree. The cold drove us quickly on through Cookham and up the hill to reveal the flooded water meadows below, and two picking their way across to a cup of tea and an early train.
Some way was lost, and later flooded tunnels sent us onto the road. Turning a corner we found the white Marlow Bridge, suspended across the Thames since 1832. The adjacent weir showed the river flowing at its awesome best.
The pub by the station served us teas, but sadly no cake, before we took our muddy boots and cleared minds home.